Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries
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The VERY BEST Broccoli Salad Recipe

This Broccoli Salad recipe 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.

Similar to the traditional broccoli salad recipe, this version has a few differences that set it apart, taking 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.  The sunflower seeds are a really nice addition to this salad that add a bit of saltiness and extra crunch to every bite.

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!

Step 1: Chop Ingredients

When chopping the ingredients, everything can simply be tossed into one big bowl.  Trim off the main stalk of the broccoli, and then cut individual bite-sized broccoli pieces.  Rinse the cherries, halve and remove the pits.  Slice the apples (you can leave the skin on) and chop into small pieces.  Rinse and chop the celery into small pieces as well.  As for the red onion, dice it into small pieces (like above.)  All of these should be small enough to get multiple pieces onto a fork or spoon.

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!

Step 2: Add the Greek Yogurt Dressing

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!  As for the flavor – it’s nearly perfect.  It’s not overly heavy, and just enough to coat all the fruits and veggies without masking their flavor and texture.

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!

Step 3: Toss Dressing and Salad Ingredients to Coat

When tossed together, the Greek Yogurt dressing coats everything beautifully!  Sprinkle a few more of the sunflower seeds and and top with a cherry and you’ll have the most fantastic broccoli salad!  I like to toss the salad with the dressing in a separate mixing bowl and then add the salad to a pretty bowl or serving dish.

Note: If you’re not much of a sunflower seed person, I’ve also added pistachios to this salad, which are a great substitute.

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 also great salad to share at your next potluck or neighborhood cookout or block party.  It’s an amazing summertime side, that can be easily enjoyed all year round!

Here’s a quick-reference grocery list for all the ingredients you’ll need for this fantastic broccoli salad recipe:

  • Fresh broccoli
  • Fresh cherries
  • Granny Smith apple
  • Celery
  • Red Onion
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Light Sour Cream
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • White Vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper

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 also wonderful in this salad!

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I hope this broccoli salad recipe inspires you to enjoy all the delicious flavors of summer!  ~Erin

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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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