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 in a large bowl.

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!

Broccoli apple salad ingredients in a large bowl.

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!

Completed broccoli apple salad in a large bowl.



5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 Servings

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!

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 2 medium heads)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 2 large apples finely chopped (I used gala apples)
  • 1/2 cup pecans coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Creamy dressing ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup lite mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low fat greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 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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Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 272mg11%
Potassium 334mg10%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2217IU44%
Vitamin C 60mg73%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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!!!

    1. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. 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 🙂

  6. 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 (-:

  7. 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…

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!

    1. 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.


  12. 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. 🙂

  13. 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!

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

      Your Recipe Critic,

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

    1. 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!!

  15. I am trying this tonight with Grilled chicken. I am going to try dried blueberries and pineapple as well as the apples. I think I am going to use vanilla yogurt and eliminate the sugar as well as decreasing the lemon juice by tossing with the apples prior to adding to the other ingredients

  16. My review is just for the dressing. It was amazing! I made a pasta salad with broccoli, red pepper, red onion and ham with this dressing, It was seriously the best pasta salad I’ve ever made. I know I owe it to the dressing. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I think I’ll try this substituting granular stevia for the sugar to add that bit of sweetness, sounds delicious!

  18. Oh my life, this recipe is gorgeous! I used light mayo but will probably have to use extra light mayo next time, as after tasting it I wanted to eat the entire thing all to myself haha!

    I’d also never had raw broccoli before so was apprehensive that the texture would be too hard. However after slicing the florets finely the rawness actually gives a lovely light crunch, not the tough difficult to eat vegetable that I was expecting.

    Overall absolutely 5 stars, will be making this very frequently.

  19. I always blanch broccoli a minute or so for salads, makes for a bright green color. There are just two of us, so I halved the recipe. Our local store only had honey vanilla greek yogurt, so I used that and eliminated the sugar. In this part of the country, pecans are expensive, while walnuts aren’t so that is what I used along with regular mayonaise. I would recommend trying this one it’s good.

  20. 5 stars
    I came across this recipe in June, thinking it looked delicious, I printed the recipe and had it on my desk. I really wanted to try it BUT….. I don’t like yogurt or mayo and my husband will NOT eat broccoli. I love ALL the other ingredients in this recipe and thought I’d try it one of these days, lol

    We were having two other couples over On Sunday for a BBQ / birthday celebration for my friend. I thought I’d try this recipe…. it was DELICIOUS, the dressing was very good I couldn’t even tell it was Made with yogurt and mayo. I can’t wait to try other recipes.

    Both my girlfriends loved this as well and wanted the recipe which I passed on. My husband loved it mi us the broccoli.

    Well done Alyssa, I’m a fan!!!

  21. 5 stars
    EVERYTIME I make this salad people ask me for the recipe. This dressing is a new staple in my kitchen. I have made the broccoli bacon salad and I mix and match the two together. Instead of pecans I use cashews. I find the cashews buttery crunch flavor compliments the lemony sweet dressing. The apple brings the whole salad together. I don’t always put bacon in this one and often forget the carrot. I do put the purple onion in the dressing as it adds more flavor and it softens. Make sure to dry your vegetables after washing them as a few times I forgot and the dressing was a bit watery. If you need to bring a salad to a picnic or potluck, PICK THIS ONE!

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