Are you looking for a refreshing salad? Check out this easy and delicious Weight Watchers Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Broccoli and Vinaigrette Dressing! This salad is perfect for an easy lunch or a delicious holiday side salad.
Weight Watchers Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Broccoli with Vinaigrette Dressing
Fall means an abundance of delicious apples. I don’t know about you, but I love a vibrant salad with lots of color and texture. This Weight Watchers Honeycrisp apple salad is full of just that. Not only is this a great salad choice for an everyday lunch, but it’s also the perfect side for any holiday dinner. Trust me, all your friends and family will be begging you for this recipe after their first bite. Definitely volunteer to take it to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, you won’t regret it.
Don’t be intimidated by the name of this salad, you don’t have to use Honeycrisp apples. Any variety of apple will work. I just like Honeycrisps because of their extra crunch. You could even use different kinds of apples for more flavor and color!
Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Broccoli
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 minutes
- Total Time: 32 minutes
- Servings: 4
Ingredients for Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Broccoli
- 1 large head of broccoli, chopped
- 1 large head of cauliflower, chopped
- 2 Honeycrisp apples, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 4 ounces feta cheese
Ingredients for Vinaigrette Dressing
- 5 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. honey
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. dijon mustard
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- salt & pepper to taste
How to Make Honeycrisp Apple Salad with Broccoli
- First, prepare the vinaigrette dressing by adding all ingredients to a bowl or Mason jar to combine. If preparing dressing in a bowl, whisk vigorously. With a Mason jar, be sure to screw the lid on tightly and shake until completely combined.
- Prepare your apples by coring and chopping them into bite-sized pieces. Add the apples to a large plastic bag and pour lemon juice over them. Seal the bag and coat the apples with lemon juice.
- Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a rolling boil. Chop your broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized pieces and cook until tender, about 1-2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- Chop your walnuts, carrots, and red onion.
- In a large salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients and pour the desired amount of dressing and stir until evenly coated. Top with dried cherries and feta cheese crumbles.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Can I Make This Salad Ahead of Time?
Yes! The best way to prep this salad ahead of time is to make the dressing and bring it to room temperature before serving. With the veggies, prepare everything, but keep the ingredients separate until you’re ready to assemble the salad.
Don’t prep the apples too far in advance. The Honeycrisp apple variety tends to keep their color for a few hours after being coated in lemon juice, but some other varieties turn brown pretty quickly. You also don’t want the dressing to make your salad soggy.
Can I Use Different Apples?
You can use any variety of apples in this salad. I chose Honeycrisp because it’s my personal favorite, but you can’t go wrong with using other kinds of apples in this recipe.
Can I Toast the Walnuts?
I always go for the easiest route possible with salad, so I choose to use raw walnuts (or sometimes pecans), but you can try toasting them for a little more flavor. You can toast them on the stove with a little bit of oil for a few minutes until they are fragrant, or toss them in the oven for about 7 minutes at 350 degrees.
Can I Omit the Red Pepper Flakes?
If you’re not a fan of spice, then simply leave the red pepper flakes out!