Broccoli & Apple Salad - West + Rose

Broccoli & Apple Salad




Hubs and I are always trying to come up with healthier alternatives to our favorite recipes.  One of my favorite dishes from family get-togethers is the broccoli salad.  I love the ones full of bacon and cheese, but Lord knows that is not going to be healthy.  So here is my adaptation of a broccoli salad with not near as many calories, but still super flavorful and filling.

This would be a refreshing salad to serve at Thanksgiving a midst all the heavy casseroles, turkey and gravy.

Salad Ingredients
4 C fresh broccoli florets (2 Large Heads, leaving minimal stems on the florets)
2 Large Golden Delicious Apples, diced
1/4 C Red onion
1/2 C Roasted, unsalted Pecan pieces, chopped (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
1/2 C Lower sugar, dried cranberries

Go ahead and toss these ingredients around prior to pouring the dressing on them.
Dressing Ingredients
1/4 C Low fat plain greek yogurt
1/4 C Mayo
Zest of one lemon
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 T Splenda (Sugar, honey or other sugar sub is fine too)
1/8 t Salt
 Black pepper to taste

Mix all dressing ingredients together until well blended.  Pour over salad and toss to coat.  Let sit in fridge overnight.

This is a very satisfying salad for lunch or even as a side for supper.  It is slightly dry, in efforts to keep this salad low in calories, but still extremely flavorful.  I would recommend doubling the dressing and only toss salad with half of that, but have extra in case you want it a little extra saucy. This salad lasts really well for about 3 days.  I made this on a Sunday and by that Wednesday it was starting to turn bitter.

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This recipe was adapted from The Recipe Critic

9 comments

  1. This sounds so good!!! I love all the different flavors that you paired together here! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. This looks great! And healthy!

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  3. I'm not a huge broccoli fan, but this salad sounds right up my alley! I love apples in a salad, they give everything a nice sweet crunch!

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  4. Love me a good broccoli salad. This one sounds amazing. I would even sub vegenaise for the mayonnaise. 1/3 of the calories and fat. Cheers!!

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  5. Love broccoli salad but haven't tried it with apples. I'll have to give a try one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. YUM! My mom used to make something similar, and I loooooved it :)

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  7. I LOVE broccoli salad and have been obsessed with it since my first taste at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. However, your recipe makes me feel like I could eat it far more regularly since it's so much healthier with the yogurt and Splenda! AWESOME! Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! I'm featuring this as my favorite for this week's DDT, so feel free to stop by and grab the "Featured Favorite" button! Thanks again!!!

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  8. I love this salad- and there are so many different ways to create it! I have never put apples in mine - I have to do this! Thanks for the idea.

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  9. My husband's grandma makes a similar dish but without the apples. I bet the apples give it a great crunch!

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