Broccoli, Carrot & Apple Salad

Last year a study reported that eating broccoli helps to prevent or slow the progress of osteoarthritis in mice – they are now studying if it has the same effect on humans. Unfortunately I was unable to find out whether the mice were fed raw or cooked broccoli. I assume it was raw, although it may have been dessicated for ease of distribution, who knows… I was determined to find some way of eating raw broccoli since then. This was the first salad I came up with and it is still a firm favourite. Broccoli is said to be very healthy anyway so whether or not it will enable us to scurry around with more ease it’s good to have an easy sweet salad with lots of broccoli to munch on.

A lot of dressing is added to this salad. I have tried adding less but it needs the full 9 dessertspoonfuls (I now think 6 will do) of honey mustard vinaigrette so the veg, nuts and seeds will soak it up and make it taste so good.

Another plus with this salad is it will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 days. So it’s handy for packed lunches.

Broccoli, carrots, apple, walnuts and seeds with honey mustard vinaigrette
Broccoli, carrots, apple, walnuts and seeds with honey mustard vinaigrette (I add twice the amount of vinaigrette pictured)

Broccoli, Carrot & Apple Salad

Broccoli, Carrot & Apple Salad


  • 250g – 300g broccoli, sliced thinly
  • 2 large carrots, grated
  • 1 sweet crisp red apple, grated
  • 6 dessertspoons honey mustard vinaigrette
  • handful walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons mixed seeds


  1. Add the broccoli, carrot and apple to a salad bowl, pour over the dressing and mix around well. Add the walnuts and seeds and stir around once more.
  2. Cover with clingfilm and leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour prior to serving.

Broccoli, carrot and apple salad
Broccoli, carrot & apple salad on toasted granary bread with mayonnaise.
Broccoli, carrot and apple salad with hummus and vegan scones
A bowl of salad, some roasted yellow pepper hummus and some salad on a wholemeal scone
raw broccoli, carrots, apple, walnuts and mixed seeds.
A sweet salad with raw broccoli, carrots, apple, walnuts and mixed seeds.

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I was a vegetarian for 4 - 5 years in my late teens. A very unhealthy vegetarian. Never cooked any proper meals. I set up this blog with the intention of adding more vegetables to my diet but it occurred to me recently I'm also kind of talking to the unhealthy vegetarian teenager I once was.