Apple Broccoli Salad

June 11, 2011

I have this favorite broccoli salad. It contains broccoli, bacon, red onion and cranberries with a mayonnaise-based sauce. It may sound strange at first, but once you have those savory and sweet flavors together you’ll be a fan.

Last week I had a craving for said broccoli salad, but didn’t have all the ingredients on hand to make it, mainly bacon and red onion. When this situation presented itself I couldn’t just give up on it. No, I had to take the challenge so I revised this favorite and ended up with something that I might even like a little bit more.
The changes? I added apple and green onion. I used just a bit of mayo with Greek yogurt to mix up the sauce just a bit.
The best part about this recipe is that you can substitute all kinds of ingredients. Pecans would be great for the nuts and dried cherries would work well in place of the cranberries. I know it’s hard to believe, but what it was missing in savory bacon was made up for in sweet apple.  Although, if you have some crispy, pastured bacon go ahead and throw some of that in too!

Apple Broccoli Salad
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
2 green onions (whites and greens), sliced
½ cup apple, chopped
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp mayo
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 – 2 tsp raw sugar
¼ cup dried cranberries, chopped
¼ cup walnuts, chopped

In a medium bowl, combine the broccoli, green onions and apple. In a small dish whisk together the yogurt, mayo, red wine vinegar and sugar.

Pour the dressing over the broccoli, onion and apple. Stir to coat. Stir in the cranberries and walnuts. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. Serves 2-3.

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  • Vivienne June 11, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    ive all the ingredients cept red wine vinegar and walnuts so maybe ill find some substitutions! will be having it for lunch today 🙂
    btw, i just realised that you’re using raw broccoli! ive never had them raw before, always blanched!

  • Rebecca from Chow and Chatter June 11, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    love this salad looks awesome as do all your recipes

  • Eliana June 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    What a great combination of flavors! Love this salad.