Broccoli Apple Salad, and Mama’s matchstick carrots!

Broccoli Apple Salad for our “Girls Only Luncheon” . . .

One of the salads for our “Girls Only Luncheon” was a Broccoli Apple Salad. We’ve often made a Broccoli Cauliflower Salad, but I had found a recipe on Pinterest by Cooking Classy, that used apples. And, since the theme for my luncheon menu was primarily “apples”, I decided to try this one. The Broccoli Apple Salad looked so delicious in the pictures with the dark green broccoli, chopped apples, dried cranberries and pecans . . . all ingredients that I like . . . with one exception . . . carrot matchsticks!

Making the Broccoli Apple Salad . . .

Since I was at Mama’s when I made this salad, I asked her if I could just slice the carrots into rounds. My thinking was that it would be easier, and, you would still see the beautiful orange of the carrots. Mama’s response, “No! If the recipe calls for matchstick carrots, then you make matchstick carrots!” Mama is a stickler to follow a recipe to the tee. So . . . needless to say . . . I tried my hand at manually cutting carrot matchsticks! You can see from the picture that I was not that successful. LOL! But I did try! And, the result were carrots that looked something like “matchstick carrots”:)

I did also make a few changes/ substitutions to the original recipe:

  • I used pecans instead of walnuts
  • I used dried cranberries instead of golden raisins
  • And, I used Red Delicious and Granny Smith Apples, because that is what I had bought, instead of the Gala apples

The original recipe left the peeling on the apples, but at age 93, Mama could not have eaten this salad if I had not peeled the apples. Hence, you don’t see the bright color of the apple peeling in this salad. But, when you make it, leave the peel on. Just cut the apples in chunks.

Once I got all the ingredients prepped, I placed them in a large bowl. You can see the beautiful and varied colors of this delicious salad.

After tossing the salad ingredients together, you make the dressing. This dressing uses Greek yogurt and mayonnaise as its base, with apple cider vinegar and honey. Much more healthy than some other dressings that use sugar.

The result, a delicious Broccoli Apple salad the is FULL of delicious and healthy fruit, vegetables and nuts. What’s not to love about this salad?

You can see that my “matchsticks” needed a little work, but, they were good just the same! I served this Broccoli Apple Salad with Mama’s Hot Chicken and Rice Salad, a Waldorf Salad, Spiced Sugar and Cinnamon Apple Muffins, and Oreo Pie.

Other vegetable salads you might like to check out are Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pecans, BBQ Ranch Broccoli Salad,  and Mama’s Carrot Raisin Salad.

Broccoli Apple Salad Recipe

This Broccoli Apple Salad is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as nuts. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and honey which makes a healthier dressing for this salad.





Servings: 8 people


Salad Ingredients:

  • 6
    fresh broccoli florets
  • 2
    Red Delicious apples, peeled and cut in chunks
    (peeling is optional)
  • 1
    Granny Smith apple, peeled and cut in chunks
    (peeling is optional)
  • 1 1/2
    pecans, chopped
  • 1 1/2
    carrots, cut in matchsticks
  • 3/4
    dried cranberries
  • 1/3
    red onion, finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1
    plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2
    (We use Hellman’s)
  • 2
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4
  • Dash


  1. In a large bowl, toss all of the Salad Ingredients together.

  2. In a separate smaller bowl, mix the Dressing Ingredients together. ( I used a whisk.)

  3. Pour the Dressing over the salad. Toss gently until the dressing is evenly distributed throughout the salad. Serve.



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