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Broccoli Apple Salad

For this Broccoli Salad I was trying to recreate a side dish my sister-in-law brings to a lot of our parties. A lot of broccoli salads have cheese, nuts, grapes or dried cranberries. This one has a delicious, crisp apple, with red onion, celery and crumbled bacon. I adapted a recipe I found at The Kitchen is My Playground for this.

In the original recipe, it calls for 1 head of broccoli, which vary in size. I had two smaller heads of broccoli so I ended up bumping up the dressing to 1 cup of mayo with just a pinch more sugar and about 1 tsp extra apple cider vinegar in order to get everything a light coating of dressing. Enjoy!

Broccoli Apple Salad
Makes about 8 servings



  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced small
  • 1 cup celery, diced small
  • 1 apple, sweet variety, diced small
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (optional- I skipped)


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar 
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar


1. Combine salad ingredients in large bowl. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients and whisk until combined; pour over salad and toss. Serve chilled.

Recipe adapted from The Kitchen is My Playground. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties. Sharing this recipe at the Recipe Lion Blog Hop - Summer Potluck Recipes.


  1. I really enjoy a good cold broccoli salad. Yours looks delightful.

    Happy New Year.

  2. This sounds awesome. I have to try it. Hope you will link it to What'd You Do This Weekend tomorrow.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  3. Great to find new things to do with broccoli. Found you through Michelle over at Ms En Place. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to going forward. Cheers

  4. Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo!
    It's been ages since I've had a broccoli salad...I mean that...probably at least 7 years! I've never had one with apple. Like you said, it's always grapes or cranberries. Or raisins. Crisp apple sounds good!

  5. This looks delicious! I love the broccoli-cauliflower salad I have been making for a while, and am always looking for new recipes, especially ones I can take to fellowship meals and that are wheat-free.
    I would love if you could stop by and share on my weekly recipe linky, Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen

  6. This looks wonderful! Definitely pinning this for the summer months! Thanks again for linking up.

  7. Hi Ali,
    We will just love your flavor packed Broccoli Apple Salad, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  8. FIY you were featured today on Rhinestone Beagle! Come by and grab a button.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Pinning your post!
    Miz Helen

  10. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  11. Delicious!!! It was in instant favorite in our home! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  12. If you make this in advance does the apple turn brown? Or should I prepare everything else in advance and then just add the apple at the last minute?


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