Broccoli Apple Salad

Broccoli, pecans, cranberries, carrots and apples come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and textures.  The creamy dressing on top makes this salad absolutely incredible!broccoli_apple_salad

We have been eating broccoli quite a bit around here.   It is my favorite vegetable so we always have it around the house.  My little baby who is not so little anymore is eating pretty much everything that we do.  She is my first baby that will eat everything.  Fruits, vegetables,  you name it she will like it.  Sometimes I try a tiny taste of her baby vegetables and gag.  She gobbles those things down like nobodies business.   She especially loves broccoli.   What kid likes broccoli?  Tonight I had some broccoli on my plate and she scooted all the way across the room.  She looked at me with puppy dog eyes begging me for some.  She loves it!  I am really hoping that this love for all food lasts. 🙂

Broccoli in salads is my favorite.   I especially love this Broccoli Cashew Salad that is on the blog.  But this Broccoli Apple Salad became an instant favorite!


As I was eating it, I just couldn’t get enough!  I knew this salad would be amazing but I wasn’t expecting it to become a new favorite!  SO many delicious new textures and flavors in this salad.  The broccoli, carrots, and red onion, was followed by the sweetness of the apples and dried cranberries.  The pecans added another yummy flavor and crunch.  The creamy dressing on top was THEE best.   Holy cow.  It completed this fresh and delicious salad perfectly.  I know that if you make this salad, it will become an instant favorite as well!



4.7 from 41 reviews
Broccoli Apple Salad
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Broccoli, pecans, cranberries, carrots and apples come together to make an amazing salad with delicious flavors and textures. The creamy dressing on top makes this salad absolutely incredible!
Serves: 4-6
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets, (about 2 medium heads)
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 large apples, finely chopped (I used gala apples)
  • ½ cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Creamy dressing ingredients:
  • ½ cup lite mayonnaise
  • ½ cup low fat greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
  1. In a large bowl combine broccoli, carrots, red onion, apples, pecans, and dried cranberries.
  2. To make the dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, greek yogurt, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat. Chill until ready to serve.



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  1. Broccoli is my favorite veggie by far, but I always just end up steaming it or simply roasting it, I need to get more creative. This looks so delicious and refreshing, the perfect way to switch things up a bit!

    • This is an awesome salad. Sometimes I put tiny little pineapple tidbits in it also! I took it to a Bible study meeting and everyone loved it and ate every morsel.

  2. Oh this looks so yummy! I love broccoli too! It pretty much goes with anything. We always have it around too!

  3. Do you know how long this would last in the fridge !!looks amazing

  4. I am so going to try this salad, it looks amazing. thanks.

  5. I have made the Broccoli Cashew Salad for years. I can’t wait to try this broccoli salad!! I’m sure it will be my new favorite salad too!! I have a family reunion coming up in March and this will definitely be included in what I take!

  6. Halved grapes both red and green are great in this also.

  7. I just finished making this about 2 minutes ago. I am not a fan of raw broccoli but my husband loves it. I saw this recipe and thought it sounded refreshing. I am so glad I decided to give it a go! It is delicious! The lemon to sweet ration is on point and I love the added pecans. Perfect addition to our Super Bowl festivities! The only change I made was no onions.

  8. Looks delicious! Would you post the nutritional info for this please?

    • Nutrition Facts
      Serving Size 278 g
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 218Calories from Fat 95
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 10.6g16%
      Saturated Fat 1.1g5%
      Trans Fat 0.0g
      Cholesterol 10mg3%
      Sodium 470mg20%
      Potassium 495mg14%
      Total Carbohydrates 29.9g10%
      Dietary Fiber 6.1g24%
      Sugars 17.8g
      Protein 3.1g
      Vitamin A 58% • Vitamin C 164%
      Calcium 5% • Iron 7%
      Nutrition Grade A-
      * Based on a 2000 calorie diet
      Nutritional Analysis
      Good points
      Low in cholesterol
      High in dietary fiber
      Very high in vitamin A
      Very high in vitamin B6
      Very high in vitamin C
      Bad points
      Very high in sugar

      • Sharon Steinecke says:

        Use Splenda Baking Blend instead of pure sugar. I do and it makes a major difference in calories and tastes good.

      • Thank you so much. We have a Type II and need to know the carb count. Fibre helps too. Looks like about a cupful is 2 carbs (15g x 2). 6 -7 are allowed for supper so all’s good.

      • Cathy Johnson says:

        Do the apples get brown in the leftovers?

        • Rachel Nolen says:

          The apples do not get brown because you have lemon juice on them. I’m eating some now that was made 48+ hours ago, still deliciously crispy!

  9. Marjorie shaw says:

    I’m going to try to half it , I live alone , ,and I would be eating it forever . I have never have tried Greek yogurt I love everything else though . Thanks

    • Carla Peterson says:

      I was afraid of not trying greek yogurt to until last week. The flavor is much creamier
      and not tart like the regular yoplait. The texture is creamier too. Love Dannon strawberry

  10. Carmen Hitzges says:

    I definitely will try this one!! Sounds refreshing!! I just made it for dinner with bacon bits as well!!.and n.ow carrots and apples and pecans…sounds great!!!

  11. Delicious. Cool and refreshing

  12. Kathie Hussey says:

    Do you have the Nutritional info on this Great sounding Salad?

  13. What a refreshing change from my normal broccoli salad. Thank you so much for sharing. Will be a normal salad for us now.

  14. Made this for dinner tonight! Everyone loved it. I would probably up the dressing a little.

  15. Made this tonight and loved it! I added chickpeas to make it a meal, and swapped out the mayo for 1 avocado mashed to lighten it even more. Then while I was eating it, I was struck with the inspiration that it would be even more amazing with strawberries, so I diced a couple up per serving and tossed them in, and I have to say, they really put this salad over the top! We’ll definitely be making this again! Thanks!

  16. We love Broccoli Salad and have made it for years. I am anxious to try your version – It looks yummy!!

  17. Hello,

    Is there something that you can recommend in place of mayo?

  18. I made this today. my husband & I just had some of it.AWESOME! It will be on my Easter dinner menu

  19. ann shannon says:

    Made it, it was really good. How can I find out the calories?

  20. bill hartsog says:

    I made this for the super bowl, I ate the whole thing myself, wish that I would have left the onions out.

  21. Made this tonight for dinner, loved it! Totally hit the spot and will be making it lots since I bought a 4 pound bag of broccoli from Costco. 🙂

  22. This salad is just amazing – made it yesterday, there is just enough left to go with dinner tonight.
    Just could not stop eating it – just awesome!

  23. Made this tonight. Everyone loved it including my Father-in-law. Will definitely make again.

  24. Sounds deliscious! Do We have nutrition facts on this salad? Thanks!!

  25. Nutritional info for this salad please… looks yummy

  26. says:

    My eye consultant at Q A Hospital Portsmouth, looked into my eyes. Final comment ” You should eat more Broccolli ” O.M.G. Looked at your recipe and will definitly try it. Thanks.

  27. Made this last night….didn’t have the yogurt so was a little ‘richer’ with just mayo – didn’t have lemon but did have key lime – absolutely delicious – the crunch and sweet and tang….perfecto. Will be making this often!

  28. I made this salad today and we loved it, will definitely make this again. The only thing that I might change is to add just a bit more dressing. I would also like the nutritional info on this salad if it is available.

  29. I found your recipe over on Pinterest and had to link to it on my healthy recipes roundup this weekend. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  30. I love broccoli to pieces, but never had it raw. Your salad looked so appealing, I just made it right away and enjoyed every bit of it! I will definitely make this for a summer lunch at work, perfect to prepare a day in advance 🙂 Thanks!


  31. I had no nuts, substituted raisins for cranberries, and completely forgot to add the carrots! This tasted just so good, different, refreshing. I always try cutting back on dressings and oils in my recipes, trying to save a few calories. Not for this recipe though, as I found out. The dressing amount is just right enough for the salad and not collect at the bottom of the bowl. Making some today!

  32. Vicky tracy says:

    Would love to try a sample thank you

  33. Looks delicious! However, I am dairy intolerant any ideas for a non-dairy dressing that would work with these flavors?

  34. Can you suggest a way to make this a bit more diabetic friendly?

  35. Has anyone substituted something (or left out) the greek yogurt? I don’t like yogurt AT ALL. I know, I know… Other than that, this sounds delicious!

    • You can use all mayonnaise but I promise you won’t even know! The creamy dressing on top is delicious!

    • I made this just as it’s written and you would never know there is yogurt in it. My husband and I both agree this is one of the best salads we have ever eaten. It has become a family favorite. Thank you so much for the recipe.

    • No the lemon juice keeps them nice. Mine lasted 3 days in the fridge but I made a huge bowl full.

    • I subbed sour cream in the same amount as the yogurt and it was delish.

  36. Bonnie Rosco says:

    I was very excited to try this salad. Even better than I imagined. Couldn’t get enough. Looking forward to trying some of your other recipes.

  37. How far ahead can you make this salad? Also would the apples brown if made ahead? Looks wonderful and I plan to make it for Easter dinner!

    • I would probably make it the day of. Although I have heard of people making it the night before and refrigerating it as well.

      • Elizabeth McKay says:

        I was going to try coating the apples with a little extra lemon juice (stops browning), keeping the ingredients in a container (sans dressing) and adding the dressing shortly before I have it (I want to take this for work lunches). I’ll let you know how that works out LOL

  38. Tammy Bartlett says:

    My family aging from 4yrs up to 76yrs. Loved this salad.thank you for the amazing recipe.

  39. I’m not one to comment typically but I have to say this was AMAZING!!! And, honestly, i think even better the next day for leftovers. 🙂 Thanks so much!!

  40. Tammy Bartlett says:

    Sooooo yummy and I don’t normally like raw broccoli. My whole family loves this I’ve made it over and over. Ty for the recipe

  41. I made this for my Bunco group. It makes a full salad bowl ,healthy, tasty, and eye appealing. I will be making this for my next family gathering. I followed the recipe without making any changes and it tastes delicious.

    • Patricia Morton says:

      Awesome recipe. I add bacon, swap the carrots out for shredded cheddar. Trail mix is good with it as well, if no cranberries. I had no yogurt so used mayo and light ranch dressing, lemon juice.It the hot summer temp I would use no mayo but sour cream and yogurt, lemon juice

  42. I bet you could substitute kale for the broccoli and it would be yummy as well!

  43. For those who are diabetic, would it hurt to leave the sugar out of the dressing since the fruit adds sugar? I would sub fresh grapes or strawberries for the dried cranberries so those would add sugar as well. This sounds so delicious – much better than a Waldorf salad! Would give it five stars if not for so much sugar.

  44. Debra wilson says:

    Finally a broccoli salad without bacon! Husband is vegetarian and he loved it!!

  45. Linda Kirika says:

    I took this to my dad’s house for dinner, and everyone LOVED it!!! It’s creamy with a bit of sweetness that’s balanced by the lemon juice. The broccoli and apple go together so well. My go to recipe when I need to bring a dish!

  46. Steph Leckey says:

    Is it possible to have a sugar substitute that is natural rather than refined? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  47. Dawn Nicol says:

    Very good! Thank you for sharing. I did use grapes rather than dried cranberries and almonds rather than pecans (what I had on hand). I also used sugar substitute rather than sugar and it was still fabulous. 🙂

  48. I made this today and it was GREAT!!! Meat or fish is great with this salad for me.😄

  49. Hello,
    I love this salade, however I would like an replacement for the lemon juice as to i am allergic to citrus !

  50. I made this a few days ago. I don’t like yogurt and didn’t like it right away. But after chilling overnight? OMG I couldn’t get enough of it!! I couldn’t taste the yogurt and all of the flavors just melded beautifully. Will try with pineapple and maybe grapes next time. Thanks for posting!

  51. Joanne Stephens says:

    I was really surprised at finding this recipe. My father would make this when I was growing up because we always had these ingredients. I m 76 year old and have been making this salad at least once a week, have had to cut it down in size because there are only two of us. But it is still a good salad. Try it with cooked chicken or cubed ham for a complete meal.

  52. Norene Lovdahl says:

    Need to know the neutritional values. I am a diabetic and have to count Carbs!!!

  53. Don’t the broccoli need to be cooked? Or steamed?
    Thanks in advance.

  54. I read other comments and wanted to make this as close to the original recipe but still have it be a lunch/meal and not a side salad. SO I added a cup of finely shredded cheddar, 1/2 cup cooked chopped bacon ( I used pre cooked/chopped Oscar Mayer bacon pieces) and I doubled the dressing. OMG soooo good! Will definitely keep this recipe handy for summer potlucks and BBQ’s!!!

  55. I’d love to make this but not sure if I will like raw broccoli,how about if I blanche it first just to soften it a tiny bit?

    • Terry Tsark says:

      I tried this recipe last night and it was out of this world! I did put the broccoli in boiling water for about 10 seconds and then promptly in an ice bath just to soften it a bit and bring out the color. That worked wonderfully. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly as written.

  56. Whenever I come across a salad such as this, I would definitely try it! Being a diabetic, and because it’s only my husband and I, I just make adjustments. For example, instead of sugar, I use Truvia. I’d do half raisins and half of the dry cranberries. I’d probably half this recipe, too. My husband LOVES broccoli, me not so much. I’d use half broccoli with cauliflower. I’d also try this at other times with different nuts and different vegetables. It helps keep life an adventure! : D

  57. This salad is one of our favorites! We make it without yogurt as we have a family member with dairy allergies, and it is wonderful! It pretty much goes with everything, or stands alone especially if I add some roasted chicken!

  58. I have made this recipe twice in the past couple of weeks… It is amazing. We all loved it. It’s healthy and so easy to make. Thanks for posting 🙂

  59. I LOVE this salad…I used sweet Vidalia onion and it worked fine. I also tweaked the dressing a little: I used just a little over half the mayo, sour cream instead of the greek yogurt (which I don’t always have), added some Mrs Dash original seasoning, did apple cider vinegar and just a streak of Dijon mustard and the salt, pepper. Turned out tangy and great! Raves at supper with friends (-:

  60. oh and I also added sharp cheddar to the salad and also put less than a teaspoon of sugar in my dressing and it worked fine. I also used a bit of orange juice to keep the apple from turning and it worked fine…

  61. So yummy I make this all the time now. Thank you for the great recipe

  62. Second time making this. So delicious! Made exactly written. I find it’s best made ahead of time or even the night before, for the dressing to all blend together. For those asking if the apples turn brown- not to worry. The lemon juice in the dressing does the trick. I was surprised to find that day 3, when we finished it off, the apples were still fresh and did not turn brown!

  63. ScaryVersion says:

    It’s a keeper! Used Smokehouse almonds and twice as many craisins; didn’t have time to make the dressing so used Llitehouse Cole Slaw (very close to what my granma use to make) excellent! Will be doing this one over and over.

  64. Donna Wayne says:

    If you cut the Broccoli into strips like the carrots, dice the apples smaller and use honey instead of sugar and add any flavor Bacon crumbles, (we like Turkey), this makes the ultimate Broccoli slaw! My family refuses to eat the normal coleslaw!! It’s a BBQ must side dish!!! Enjoy!!

  65. Is there something I can use instead of mayo or Miracle Whip in the dressing?

  66. What can I use instead of mayo in the dressing?

    • If it is an allergy issue, I highly recommend Just Mayo by Hampton Creek. It’s better than regular mayo and it contains no egg or dairy. You can buy it at Walmart and Target.

  67. / Made today and a winner with everyone at Our Bar-b- Q it sure is a make again !!!!


    SORRY… 🙁 >>> *** I RATE THIS RECIPE A (((( 5-STAR))))*** <<<

  70. This looks so inviting and refreshing! My three men (husband and two sons, 17 & 19) are all good salad eaters, but don’t often like “sweet” salads (with nuts or dried fruit). I’m going to try this one this week.

    The other two broccoli salad recipes also look really delicious, and include BACON! (What’s not to love?) We go to a pot-luck often where once in awhile where the group does a bacon theme just for fun. Well, there’s one coming up and one of your salads will attend with me.

    Thanks for some beautiful and interesting recipes. 🙂

  71. Looks yummy! I think I’ll try it soon!

  72. Great salad. I did roast the broccoli 5 mins at 425 degrees. Just to take a little of the rawness out of the broccoli but still have a crunch. Let it cool and mixed everything together as directed. I did used lemon zest since i hate to waste it. I also used walnuts. Very good salad. I recommend to try it!

    • Alyssa says:

      That ALL sounds great! Thanks for sharing your version! I love to hear people mix things up a bit! Xo

      Your Recipe Critic,

  73. I absolutely love this salad. I make it all the time. I would like to know the nutritional value if possible please.

    • That is great to hear!! This is one of my favorites too! At this time I do not have any nutritional information for my recipes. I do recommend using or an app that you prefer to look up the recipes. Hope that helps!!

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