Apple Broccoli Salad with Walnuts Recipe

A tasty, healthy broccoli salad with chopped apples, bacon, walnuts, dried cranberries, red onion, and a creamy dressing! Serve it at family gatherings year-round!


Broccoli Salad: – 4 to 8 strips thick cut bacon cooked and chopped* – 6 cups broccoli florets 2 large heads, chopped – 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped – 1 cup raw walnuts chopped – 2/3 cup dried cranberries or raisin – 2 apples peeled, cored, and chopped (about 3-4 cups)** Broccoli Salad Dressing: – 1/2 cup mayonnaise – ½ cup plain Greek yogurt 1 (5.3-oz. container)*** – 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup**** – ⅓ cup rice vinegar apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice – ¾ tsp sea salt to taste


Place bacon slices in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Flip bacon every two minutes until crisp. Place bacon on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. After cooling, chop and reserve bacon.

Step 1

Slice broccoli heads into small florets after washing in warm water. Boil broccoli florets before cooking if you don't like raw broccoli. Add chopped broccoli to a full pot of boiling water. 

Step 2

The broccoli florets should turn bright green after 30-60 seconds in hot water. Let broccoli cool in a colander in an ice bath. Raw broccoli is crunchier than blanched.

Step 3

Put broccoli in a big bowl, blanched or not. Mix chopped bacon, red onion, walnuts, dried cranberries, and apples in a large bowl.

Step 4

Mix the broccoli salad dressing ingredients in a small bowl: mayonnaise, Greek yoghurt, pure maple syrup, rice vinegar, and sea salt.

Step 5

Mix broccoli salad ingredients with dressing until coated. Add sea salt or lemon juice to broccoli salad to taste.

Step 6

Broccoli salad can be eaten immediately or refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Step 7

See Also

See Also

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