Broccoli Salad is a dish that I can always get my kids to eat! This Apple Cider- Cinnamon broccoli salad is made with all things autumn! Candied pecans, salted pepitas, sharp cheddar cheese, sweet, crunchy apples, dried cranberries, and a sweet dressing made with apple cider and cinnamon! This is the perfect side dish to bring to Thanksgiving or just to serve on a weeknight!
This recipe is a long line of broccoli salad recipes that I have on this website. For some reason, my kids prefer broccoli salads to lettuce salads, so I just roll with it! Not only do my kids love all the delicious toppings on this salad, but they usually eat all their broccoli as well ( okay, so one of my sons likes to pretend to be a giraffe when he eats broccoli, but I’ll still take it)
In addition to the perfect apple cider-cinnamon dressing, I have also added many glorious fall toppings to this salad.
Granny smith apples
Smoked Cheddar Cheese
This salad will be a hit with your whole family!
If you like this broccoli salad, you might want to try some of my other broccoli salad recipes that have been popular online. ( I find that I am a broccoli salad expert)
And many more Broccoli Salad Recipes.
This is super easy to make! All you need to do is:
- Toast the pecans in honey or maple syrup and cinnamon.
- Make the sweet apple cider-cinnamon dressing.
- Chop/prepare the rest of the toppings.
- Chop broccoli
- Throw it all together!
This is the perfect side dish to bring with you to any fall pot luck, party, or family gathering. It would be easy to bring the ingredients with you if you’re planning on traveling for Thanksgiving!
Apple Cider and Cinnamon Broccoli Salad
- 6 cups fresh broccoli chopped
- 1/4 cup smoked cheddar cheese cubes
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup honey cinnamon pecans
- 1/2 cup 1/2 inch granny smith apple chunks
- 1/2 cup 1/2 inch Figi apple chunks
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1/4 cup green onion chopped
- 1 cup apple cider & cinnamon dressing
Apple Cider and Cinnamon Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Honey-Cinnamon Toasted Pecans
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Make dressing. Mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, cider vinegar, apple cider, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk together until the dressing is smooth.
Prepare pecans. Toss pecans with salt and cinnamon. Toast pecans in a small saucepan over medium heat. drizzle honey on top of the pecans and toast for 4 minutes.
Prepare ingredients. Chop broccoli, apples, and cheese.
Assemble broccoli salad. Add broccoli, cheese, apples, dried cranberries, pepitas, green onions, and pecans in a bowl. Add dressing and mix together. Serve.
This is one of my favorite side dishes and your family will love it!