WW Recipe of the Day: Apple, Broccoli, Walnut Salad for One
Fall means apples and crunchy cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. Although they're available all year round, it's fall that brings the recently harvested and tastiest crop to the markets.
Here's a delicious way to showcase apples, broccoli and walnuts in an easy salad for one.
I used my trusty Instant Pot (affiliate link) to cook the broccoli for just 2 minutes. While the pressure is releasing from the pot, gather the nuts, fruit and dressing which should take only a few minutes.
If you've got a regular steamer, steam the broccoli until just crisp tender. You can also successfully steam it in your microwave. By the time the veggies are cooked, lunch or a side dish for dinner will be ready.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Salad?
According to my calculations, each serving has 146 calories and:
3 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
3 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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How to Make Apple Broccoli Walnut Salad
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Mix together the broccoli and apple in a small bowl (affiliate link).
Step 3: Cover a small plate with the lettuce, if using, and top with the broccoli mixture.
Step 4: Top with walnuts and sprinkle the cashews and date over the top.
Step 5: Mix together the lemon zest, juice and olive oil, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over the salad and serve.
Recipe Notes, Substitutions & Variations.
Next time I'm going to try that outerspace-like looking veggie that combines cauliflower and broccoli—the broccoflower. I've had it steamed, roasted and grilled, however have yet to put it in a salad. Should be tasty with the nuts and fruit.
Try substituting dried figs, cranberries or apricots for the dates. Any sweet and chewy dried fruit will give you the texture and sweet/savory experience.
If you have almonds, hazelnuts or other favorite nuts, feel free to substitute for the cashews. Walnuts, like the broccoli and apples, signify autumn so I also include them in this salad. In fact, if you have any of the nut oils, they would be a great sub for the olive oil here.
All slightly sweet and tart apples are fine. Try Honeycrisp, my favorite Pink Ladies, Grannies or even really tart Pippins if you like them. Galas are really easy to find in most supermarkets, as an all around tart-sweet fruit, I can always find them when needed.
Although the recipe is written for one, the ingredients can easily be doubled or tripled to serve more.
What Should I Serve with this Simple Salad?
This salad can serve as a vegan lunch with chips, slices of baguette or whole grain crackers.
Enjoy as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish, either hot or cold. A glass of chilled white wine and seasonal fruit for dessert makes a complete meal.
Ways to Use Leftovers
The salad will keep a day or two, covered, in the fridge. Lightly mix it through again if the oil has seeped to the bottom.
If you have just a few bits of the salad left, toss them with a larger new salad or use to top a veggie plate.
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Apple, Broccoli and Walnut Salad for One
- 1 small broccoli crown, chopped and cooked (about 1 cup)
- 1 small apple, chopped with skin on (about ½ cup) (I like Gala)
- 1 cup lettuce leaves (optional)
- 2 walnut halves
- 1 tablespoon chopped cashews
- 1 large pitted date, chopped
- ½ small lemon, zest and juice
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Mix together the broccoli and apple in a small bowl.
- Cover a small plate with the lettuce, if using, and top with the broccoli mixture.
- Top with walnuts and sprinkle the cashews and date over the top.
- Mix together the lemon zest, juice, olive oil, seasoning lightly with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over the salad and serve.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
More Broccoli and Apple Salads for Weight Watchers
- Kale Apple Salad with Dates
- Healthy Avocado Broccoli Salad
- Shredded Apple Walnut Charoset
- Skinny Broccoli Salad
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hallie is a chef-teacher who eventually found her way to Provence, France, where she gave food and wine tours of the region.
In addition to writing more than a dozen cookbooks, she has also been teaching both professional and recreational cooking classes since 1978.
Hallie looks forward to sharing some of her favorite easy, healthy recipes with you here on Simple Nourished Living.
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