Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries
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This fantastic Broccoli Salad is a fantastic side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

With the summer cookout season in full swing, we seem to always have ample amounts of stuff on the grill.  Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, brats, just to name a few – but side dishes sometime seem to be rather sparse.  I’ve been craving a crunchy, fresh salad loaded with flavor and deliciousness, which is how this amazing Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries came to be.

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

Similar to the traditional broccoli salad, this version has a few differences that set it apart, and take that old salad from good to incredible!  To compliment the fresh, crisp broccoli, I’ve added sweet, tart Granny Smith apples and fresh, sweet cherries.  These two are a little unexpected, but are actually a really nice addition to the salad.  The celery and red onion also add some great crispness and flavor.

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

As for the dressing in this salad, I wanted to lighted it up a bit from the traditional, overly-heavy mayo dressing.  Instead, I used a combination of light sour cream and plain Greek yogurt, along with white vinegar, a bit of sugar, salt and pepper.  Not only is there plenty of dressing to coat the fruit and veggies, you would never guess it’s a skinny version!

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

When tossed together, the last component I added is the traditional sunflower seeds.  It adds a nice nutty crunch, with a slight amount of savory to each bite.  Pistachios would also be an awesome substitute, as the color, texture and flavor would be a perfect fit.

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

This salad pairs perfect with grilled chicken, burgers, sausage and even steak!  It’s an amazing summertime side, that can be easily enjoyed all year round!

Yields 8 servings

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch! Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

20 minPrep Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium broccoli crowns, trimmed of stems (about 5 cups of bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 1/2 c. fresh cherries, pitted and halved*
  • 1 large Granny Smith Apple, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)**
  • 3 ribs, celery, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 c. red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 c. light sour cream
  • 1/2 c. plain, low-fat Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the chopped broccoli, cherries, apples, celery, red onion and sunflower seeds. Toss together.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper until smooth. Pour over the rest of the salad ingredients and toss together until the dressing evenly coats the salad.
  3. Can be served right away, or made ahead, refrigerated and served.
  4. Refrigerate any leftovers. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Salad

Notes

If you're unable to find fresh cherries, or they are out of season, feel free to use dried cherries.
*Feel free to use any variety of apple you wish. I've used Honey Crisp and Red Delicious, which are wonderful in this salad!

http://delightfulemade.com/2016/06/12/creamy-broccoli-salad-apples-cherries/

Enjoy these delicious flavors of summer!  ~Erin

 

This fantastic Broccoli Salad is the perfect side dish, loaded with amazing flavor and crunch!  Fresh cherries, apples, celery, red onion, and sunflower seeds, along with the broccoli and a simple creamy dressing make this a great summer salad that can be enjoyed any time of year!

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Comments

  1. Love this twist to traditional broccoli salad! Adding fresh cherries sounds so good!

  2. Hi Erin, Sounds and looks quite wonderful!Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings, Janet

  3. Yum…I would like to invite you to come party at the new Share the Love Blog Party, Monday thru Thursday. Hope to see you some time. http://homecookingrecipebox.blogspot.com/

  4. Sounds good! I was surpassed my three year old ate this up at the store once, when we got a sample. Bought some and she didn’t it it so well after that. Probably just liked the little spoon, lol! I’ve thought about trying it again, and making it myself, though!! Thanks for joining the Family Joy Linkup!

  5. I am in love with this broccoli salad! Your dressing is so healthy and your photos…OMGosh! I’m sold. Pinning!

  6. Love the mix of broccoli with apples and cherries. #ThrowbackThursday

  7. As soon as I saw this – I pinned it! I have got to make this and I know without a doubt my family will love it!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

  8. I’m not a big broccoli fan but I think I’d really love this dish. It looks really delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!

  9. I was happy to see your featured salad this morning at the Inspiration Monday party. Broccoli Crunch Salad is my favorite at our local deli but it’s pricey and they almost always run out before noon. Jumping for joy that now I have a recipe to make it at home. Thank you! Pinning to share 🙂

  10. What a fresh and lovely take on a broccoli salad! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!!

    Mollie

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