Bright, fun and delicious! This cranberry broccoli salad is crunchy, rich, a mix of sweet and tart and absolutely drool-worthy. Perfect for the holidays, pool parties, or pot lucks.

Prep Time:20 minutes

Total Time:20 minutes

Course: Main Course, Salad

Cuisine: American, Canadian

Servings: 6 Servings

Calories: 312kcal

For the Salad
▢6 cups broccoli florets cut into small bite sized pieces
▢15 oz can chickpeas drained & rinsed
▢½ cup pecans or walnuts
▢½ cup dried unsweetened cranberries
▢¼ cup red onion finely chopped
▢1 green apple diced
▢1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the Dressing
▢¾ cup raw cashews*
▢¾ cup water
▢3 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
▢2 tablespoon maple syrup
▢¼ teaspoon sea salt
▢1 teaspoon poppy seeds
Dice your apple and place in a large bowl. Then squeeze fresh lemon juice on top to prevent it from browning and mix well. Add all remaining salad ingredients to the same bowl and mix together.
Add all the dressing ingredients EXCEPT the poppy seeds to your blender and process until smooth. Then add the poppy seeds and blend for 1-2 seconds, just enough to mix them into your dressing. Pour the dressing over the salad, mix well and refrigerate for 1 hour or longer, before serving.
*If you do not have a powerful blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec, soak your cashews in boiling hot water for at least 30 minutes, and then drain before blending. This will help soften your cashews enough to blend smooth.
You’ll notice that the recipe calls for lemon juice twice. The first instance is to prevent the apples from turning brown, as well as flavour. The second instance is for the poppy seed salad dressing. Both are needed.
Use a tart apple, like granny smith for the best tangy flavour.
Don’t blend the poppy seeds with your dressing. Make sure to only add them AFTER your dressing has been processed.
For best flavour, chill for 1 hour (or more) before serving. However, if time doesn’t permit, you may enjoy straight away.
Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 329mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 594IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 3mg