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!
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.
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.
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!
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 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!
Enjoy these delicious flavors of summer! ~Erin