Broccoli Apple Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

This Broccoli Apple Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing combines the crunchiness of fresh vegetables with the sweet tanginess of apples, all brought together with a zesty and creamy lemon dressing. It’s a refreshing side dish that offers a unique twist on traditional salad recipes, perfect for picnics, family gatherings, or as a healthy lunch option.


For the Salad:
  • 2 medium heads of broccoli (about 1 lb), cut into small florets
  • 1 large carrot, grated or julienned
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans, or almonds), toasted and chopped (optional)
For the Creamy Lemon Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Vegetables and Apple: Start by washing the broccoli, carrot, and apple. Cut the broccoli into small, bite-sized florets, grate or julienne the carrot, and chop the apple into bite-sized pieces. Place all these ingredients into a large salad bowl.
  2. Add Enhancements: If using, add the finely chopped red onion, dried cranberries (or raisins), and toasted nuts to the salad bowl. These ingredients add extra flavors, textures, and pops of color.
  3. Make the Creamy Lemon Dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt (or sour cream), lemon juice, lemon zest, and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the dressing according to your preference by adding more lemon juice or honey.
  4. Combine Salad with Dressing: Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the bowl. Toss everything together until well coated with the dressing.
  5. Chill and Serve: For the best flavor, cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. This allows the flavors to meld together and the broccoli to soften slightly.


Broccoli Apple Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing is a vibrant and nutritious dish that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate. The combination of ingredients not only provides a variety of textures and flavors but also packs a punch of vitamins and fiber. This salad is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh produce, whether you’re looking for a light meal option or a colorful side dish for your next meal. Enjoy the freshness of each bite!