Vegan Creamy Broccoli Salad
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Vegan Creamy Broccoli Salad

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Adjust Servings:
5 crowns Broccoli Crowns
1 diced Red Onion
5 stalks, diced Celery
2, diced (I used Pink Ladies) Sweet Red Apples
1/4 cup Lemon juice
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Low-Fat Vegenaise or Silken Tofu
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 cup, chopped in bite sized pieces Walnuts Only if following a low-fat plant-based diet

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Try a vegan version of a Waldorf Salad with bright green broccoli, sweet apples, tangy red onions, sweet dried cranberries, and celery dressed in a tangy dijon maple dressing. Great for the whole family or a party.

  • 20 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • Easy


  • Dressing

  • Optional



Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables. Although some people think broccoli tastes bitter, the preparation determines the taste. I find the texture of broccoli phenomenal. The stalks are crunchy, while the florets absorb the flavors of spices and sauces.

Although many people serve broccoli raw, I prefer it cooked. For this particular salad, I cook it partially, giving it an ice bath to stop the cooking. The al dente version is perfect for salads because it is still crunchy, but not completely raw. Partially cooked broccoli tastes better and absorbs sauces and spices better.

The combination of broccoli, red onions, apples and dried cranberries creates a plethora of flavors. The bitterness of the broccoli is subdued by the sweetness of the apples. The red onion adds a depth to the flavors and compliments the sweetness of the cranberries. The celery adds an additional crunch, and the dressing brings it all together.

This salad reminds me of a vegan version of a Waldorf Salad. So if you are not following low-fat vegan diet, add some walnuts, and you will have a vegan Waldorf salad to eat for lunch, as a side, or take to your next party.

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Steam Broccoli

Wash and remove base core of broccoli (you can use the stem, just trim the bottom off).
Cut florets away from the stalk.
Cut into bite sized pieces.
Place broccoli una steamer basket.
Steam for 15 minutes. You are not cooking it completely; you are only cooking partially.
Remove broccoli from steamer and immediately submerge in ice water.
Let sit for 10 minutes to make sure it gets cold and stops the cooking process.
This is called a ice bath.
While you are cooling your broccoli, cut your other veggies.


Apples and Vegetables

Cut apples into bite sized pieces.
Place in a separate bowl and pour 1/4 lemon juice over apples to prevent apples from browning. Toss in lemon juice and set aside.
Dice celery and red onion.



In a cup sized blender, blend all ingredients together in a bowl.
You also simply whisk.


Putting it together

Using a colander, drain broccoli (make sure all ice pieces are out).
Shake strainer to get rid of excess water.
Lay paper towels or a towel on the counter and lay broccoli on towel to remove more excess water.
In a large bowl put broccoli, apples (with lemon juice), onion, celery, and drained cranberries.
Pour dressing over the top.
Stir and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Kathy Carmichael

Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a high school English teacher by day & vegan enthusiast and blogger by night. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines the health of us & our planet! :)

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