Broccoli Cranberry Salad Recipe : An Easy Healthy Dinner Idea

by Ishani Bose last updated -

It is quite a challenge to decide what to cook after a long day at work. Most of us are tired to cook up a meal for ourselves and would rather opt for takeout. However, weekday suppers don’t always have to be this tough. Here’s a delicious and healthy weeknight recipe that comes together quickly when you’re busy juggling a hundred other things. Broccoli cranberry salad will help you fight your busy weeknights. Not only is it quick to prepare but it’s also healthy and nutritious to eat as a meal. 

How to make Broccoli Cranberry Salad Recipe?

Broccoli salad is quite versatile. We all have at least one version of broccoli salad, if not more. Broccoli cranberry salad is infused with color, crunch, and flavor. It is the perfect mixture of broccoli, apples, cranberries and a spoonful of lemon syrup. Additionally, you can add an interesting salad dressing and nuts (as per your preference) to enhance its flavor. We have the perfect broccoli cranberry salad recipe for you so let’s get started.

broccoli cranberry salad with sliced apples in a white bowl

Easy-To-Make Broccoli Cranberry Salad

An easy and effortless dish to simplify your weeknight dinner woes!
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Course: Salad, Easy Dinner Recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli cranberry salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 cups broccoli washed and chopped
  • 2-4 sliced onions (as per your preference)
  • 2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup pecans/nuts optional
  • 1 apple/green apple (sliced)



  • To make broccoli cranberry salad, in a bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well they are perfectly blended. 
  • Slice the apples and add 2 tsp of lemon juice to it. Toss them well so that they develop a sweet and tangy taste. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the onions, dried cranberries, sliced onions or pecans, and nuts. Add the dressing to the ingredients and mix well. Boil the broccoli florets before you add them.
  • Once that is done, refrigerate the salad for at least an hour before you serve it. This will allow the dressing to be absorbed by the ingredients. Furthermore, it will allow the flavors to blend properly, thus enhancing the overall taste of the salad. 
    broccoli cranberry salad with sliced apples in a white bowl


You can make use of sour cream and mayonnaise in place of the Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is a healthier option for those who wish to lose those extra kilos. To add to the crunchiness, you can also add almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds to the salad. Alternatively, you can add crispy, chopped bacon or cooked diced chicken breast to the salad. 

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An alumnus of St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Ishani Bose has worked as a reporter/features writer for several leading newspapers and organizations in India. It was her love for food, health, and wellness that brought her to Organic Facts. She is also passionate about mental health and enjoys writing about it to educate more and more people about the same. She is an avid Instagrammer who knows the latest social media trends. When not writing or cooking, you’ll find her reading, traveling, soaking herself in music, arts, and culture in every way possible. Ishani has completed an online program on “Introduction to Food and Health” by Stanford University, US. Furthermore, she has completed an online course on “The Science of Wellbeing” by the Department of Psychology, Yale University.

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