This healthy broccoli salad with carrots, raisins, apples, and cheese is amazing. The creamy greek yogurt dressing is low-fat and made without mayo. This homemade broccoli salad recipe is tangy, crisp, fresh, and sweet in every bite.
You can add nuts, bacon, sunflower seeds, or poppy seeds too for customizing just the way you like it. This easy broccoli salad is a great side dish but also a complete vegetarian lunch option.
Broccoli salad with Greek yogurt dressing is my favorite make-ahead salad. It tastes great right after mixing but it actually tastes better if it sits in the refrigerator for about an hour and then served.
For that reason, it is the best broccoli salad for picnics, potlucks, parties, and barbecues when you want a salad that can be set out or premade. This fresh broccoli and cheddar salad is even great as a leftover, unlike other salads.
Broccoli & Apple Salad Ingredients
This broccoli salad is vegetarian, light, and full of fresh ingredients. It is also very colorful thanks to the combination of fruits and vegetables. The broccoli, apples, carrots, raisins, and green onions bring a punch of flavor and nutrition, such as Vitamin C & A, to the salad.
The cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt add protein and calcium which completes this broccoli salad making it a wonderful side dish but also hearty enough for a meal all on its own.
Variations & Substitutes
Here are some fun alternate ingredients or additions you can make to this salad.
- Golden Raisins - use regular raisins or dried cranberries instead.
- Cheddar - dice up colby, jack, or swiss instead.
- Apple - use your favorite kind: golden delicious, granny smith, etc.
Optional Add-Ins for Broccoli Salad:
- Crispy Pork Bacon or Oven-Cooked Turkey Bacon
- Nuts - Cashews or Almonds
- Seeds - Sunflower Seeds or Pumpkin Seeds
How to Make the Best Broccoli Salad
To make the salad, simply cut, dice, grate, and chop up the ingredients as listed below in the recipe card. Place them all in a large serving bowl.
The Best Yogurt Dressing for Broccoli Salad
This Greek yogurt dressing is the perfect creamy, sweet, and tangy recipe for any broccoli salad. The creamy texture is made using no mayo and instead is a combination of whisking together plain full-fat Greek yogurt, honey, olive oil, and apple cider vinegar. You can add poppy seeds as an option, to make a sweet and tangy poppy seed dressing for your broccoli salad.
Once the dressing is whisked together and ready, pour over the salad ingredients. Using tongs or a large serving spoon, gently mix the salad. Stir until all ingredients are lightly coated with the Greek yogurt dressing.
It is ready to enjoy. However, it tastes best if you chill it in your refrigerator for about an hour and allow the flavors to come together.
For any leftovers, store them in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. This broccoli salad stores very well and stays crisp and fresh for days.
What to Serve with Broccoli Salad
Here are some great main dish recipes to serve with broccoli salad. These ideas are all easy to make & go well with this fresh crisp salad. One of our family favorites is a baked rigatoni & cheese casserole, Pasta al Forno.
- INSTANT POT CREAMY CHICKEN SPAGHETTI
- GRAIN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN NUGGETS
- INSTANT POT SHORT RIBS WITH GRAVY
- ITALIAN CHICKEN DRUMSTICK
How Long Does Broccoli Salad Last?
If you store this raw broccoli salad properly it will last for 3 days in the refrigerator. Since the ingredients are hearty, even with the dressing it will remain crisp & delicious. Store broccoli salad in an air-tight container.
I do not recommend freezing this salad.
PIN FOR SAFEKEEPING & SHARING!
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Broccoli Apple Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing (no mayo)
- 4 C fresh broccoli florets cut into bite-sized1 pieces
- 1 C cheddar cheese cut into small chunks
- 1 medium apple cored & cut into small chunks
- 1 small carrot grated
- ¼ C green onion green & white parts thinly sliced
- ⅓ C golden or regular raisins
- 1 TB lemon juice
- ¼ C sunflower seeds or diced cashews OPTIONAL
- 1 C plain Greek yogurt full fat is best
- ⅓ C olive oil
- 2 TB apple cider vinegar
- 1 TB honey
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoon poppy seeds OPTIONAL
- Cut and prepare the ingredients as listed above.
- To a large serving bowl add all the salad ingredients.
- In a small mixing bowl add all the dressing ingredients. Whisk together to combine.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad ingredients. Using tongs or a large spoon, gently combine the dressing with the salad ingredients.
- It is ready immediately but actually tastes better if the salad is tossed ahead of time. It is best when refrigerated for about an hour so the flavors can come together.
- This salad stores very well. Place in an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 17.8g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 5.6g||28%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28.2g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 3.1g||11%|
|Total Sugars 21.5g|
|Vitamin D 2mcg||11%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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This looks so yummy! I love the combination of ingredients - crisp, savory, sweet, tangy. Wow! I can't wait to try it.
Jill DeMasi says
Great twist on a healthy recipe. Look forward to trying this one!
Heather Jandrue says
Oh my goodness this sounds delicious! I am always looking for quick, easy recipes.
Alexis Farmer says
I love broccoli and apples but have never had them together. I would definitely try this!
I hope you give it a try, it is a wonderful combination. Bonus, two healthy ingredients that really satisfy and fill you up.
Aside from the apples and yogurt, this looks really great. I have allergies, so I would have to substitute both those items. Looks like a great base for me to build a new salad though!
You could leave out the apples and replace them with maybe dried cranberries. If you have a dairy allergy, swapping out the homemade dressing for a dairy-free poppy sead dressing homemade or store-bought would work.
Tricia Snow says
Yum Yum Yum! I love the look of this salad! I am adding this to my Passover menu!
Happy Passover and I hope you enjoy the broccoli salad.
Kristen W Allred says
This looks delicious and I have all the ingredients for the dressing so I can't wait to make it!
WOW! This sounds really amazing! Can't wait to try this out!
YUM! This looks awesome! I love a good broccoli salad and I love adding bacon to it as well
Sabrina DeWalt says
I do not enjoy cooked broccoli. This looks like it might be a great way to get some into my diet.
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Beautiful salad!! I love the broccoli with apples! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!! Have a fabulous weekend!
Cindy Moore says
This looks really good! I can adapt the recipe by omitting the cheese and using plant based yogurt.