Creamy apple broccoli walnut salad really reminds everyone of a childhood favorite – waldorf salad. This salad is crunchy and so satisfying that I can usually finish a bowl all by myself! The dressing is made extra creamy with a combination of greek yogurt and mayonnaise so that its fresh, light and has half the calories.
Meet my new favorite salad everybody. And I know that’s saying a lot because I just shared a mediterranean quinoa salad which I also love love love. But you know these two are different and have different reasons to eat them in my life. The quinoa salad is a lighter, hearty, carby but super nutritious kind of salad vs. this apple broccoli walnut salad that is incredibly satisfying because it has a delicious creamy dressing. And you will feel like you are consuming something that is borderline unhealthy but its so not because unlike all the other creamy salads of the world – this one has half the mayonnaise which is subbed with greek yogurt. Purrfeeeeect.
We actually taste tested it with a bunch of friends when we shot the video for this recipe (see below) and there were fights about who is going to take leftovers home! That in my books, is a win my friends.
Raw vs. Blanched Broccoli
A lot of broccoli salads use raw broccoli, but I prefer broccoli that’s lightly blanched, say for about 30 seconds. This takes away the raw flavor, gives broccoli a bright green color, makes it safer too because vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can sometimes have worms that can go unnoticed, and still keeps it crunchy. However, if you prefer to eat broccoli raw in salads, feel free to leave it raw. The salad is refrigerated for an hour before serving which will make the broccoli slightly tender naturally.
Which Apples are best for this apple broccoli walnut salad
We’ve used ‘washington apples’ in this recipe which are bright red, firm and really crunchy. But we’ve also tried this with a mix of tart green and sweet red apples and that tastes fantastic as well. Look for apples which don’t have bruises on the skin, are firm and don’t have any mushy pockets when you press them.
I love all the different colors and textures of this apple broccoli walnut salad. I know I’m going to make it for annual christmas lunch this year because it just feels like a winter salad.
More Make Ahead Salad Recipes:
- Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
- Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad
- Antipasto Tortellini Salad
- Thai Mango Quinoa Salad
Watch Apple Broccoli Walnut Salad Recipe VideoPrint
Watch the Recipe Video ABOVE to see step by step directions. This apple broccoli walnut salad is lighter, creamier but not mayo heavy. Its loaded with apples, broccoli, carrots, walnuts, onions, raisins, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Its best to make this ahead and refrigerate for an hour before serving.
For the Salad Dressing:
- 1/3 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Honey
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
For the Salad:
- 3 cups Broccoli Florets
- 1 Apple, cored and sliced thinly
- 1/2 cup chopped Walnuts
- 2 medium sized Carrots, cut into matchsticks/julienned
- 1/2 cup chopped Red Onions
- 3 tablespoons Raisins
- 3 tablespoons dried Cranberries
- 3 tablespoon Pumpkin Seeds
- Boil water in a pot and when it comes to a roaring boil, add the broccoli florets. Blanch them for exactly 30 seconds and strain them. Rinse them with cold water and set aside.
- To make the dressing, whisk together yogurt, mayonnaise, apple cider, honey and salt.
- To assemble the salad, toss together broccoli, carrots, apples, walnuts, onions, raisins, cranberries and pepitas (pumpkin seeds). Drizzle with dressing, and toss to mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
- Greek yogurt can be substituted with the same quantity of hung curd
- Apple cider vinegar can be substituted with the same quantity of lime juice
- You can also use a mix of red and green apples to make the salad more colorful and if you enjoy a little tartness in your salad