Broccoli Crunch Salad

By: Cassy Joy
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This Broccoli Crunch Salad is a great new spin on the classic side dish! Fresh broccoli, apples, and bacon come together in a creamy lemon poppyseed dressing for a veggie-boosted side that will stand up lovingly on any dinner table, BBQ spread, or family potluck.

Broccoli Crunch Salad

Sometimes, we just need a really good broccoli salad. When world events are spinning outside of what we'd consider a healthy level of control and understanding, we need something (anything) that we can do that fells well and good. We can hug our families tight, follow our gut and civil conscious as we try to move the awareness + policy needle, we can give of our resources, and we can cook. Whenever I need to process something, I turn to two things: the gym and the kitchen. The gym and the kitchen never let me down. I can always walk away having produced something while I also processed lots of somethings. It's where I reflect on my attitude, on how to be a good steward of my time here on this sweet earth, and where I walk away with slightly more clear ideas on what I can do moving forward.

NOT that I have all the answers (I really don't) and not that food is a cure-all (unless, maybe we're talking s'mores bars), but outwardly processing is also how I process inwardly.

You with me?

I knew you would be.

SO, broccoli crunch salad. Let's dig in.

Broccoli Crunch Salad

Broccoli Crunch Salad

Broccoli salad can quickly turn towards boring and sad, unless we pour a little extra love (in the form of bacon and apples). Making this salad actually is therapeutic. So much slicing, chopping, whisking of a lovely dressing, and tossing of beautiful, healthy ingredients. We have broccoli for our base, apples for a touch of crisp sweetness, walnuts for a satisfying buttery crunch, bacon for bacon, and poppy seeds for festivity and entertainment as you ask your dinner guests if you have anything in your teeth. Chop, whisk, toss and serve. I may not have all the answers, but I have tenacity, hope, and the ability to make this nourishing Broccoli Crunch Salad.

Bonus notes: you can make this little salad your own by tossing in:

  • blue cheese crumbles (yasss)
  • chilled pasta (for a yummy carb boost)



Broccoli Crunch Salad

  • Author: Amber Goulden
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 heads broccoli, chopped into florets (about 6 cups florets)
  • 1 small red apple, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 5 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 purple onion, diced

For the dressing:

  • 3/4 cup avocado oil mayo
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey (omit for Whole 30)
  • 1 teaspoon poppyseeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, apple slices, walnuts, bacon, and purple onion.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients for the dressing, then pour over the broccoli mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2-3 days.

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  1. Kim says:

    Just made this without bacon and with red wine vinegar instead of lemon juice, because I didn’t have either of those things, and I blanched my broccoli for a minute… wow! So delicious. I’ll be making this one again. I’m not a huge fan of broccoli salads but had broccoli to use up and thought I’d give it a shot, and I don’t regret it! It’s salvaged my work lunch for the day, because I forgot that I brought some and then was pleasantly surprised!

  2. Alison says:

    I love broccoli salads and I think this is my new favorite!