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Shaved Broccoli Salad with Apples and Bacon

It’s been AGES since I’ve shown you bacon!

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Bacon and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Remember when I told you I was going to lay off of the bacon for a while?

I fibbed.

In my defense, I didn’t realize it was an un-truth at the time. But then I was flipping through the September issue of Cooking Light and their Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Tarragon Dressing and Bacon jumped off the page and kissed me in the eyeballs.

So the bacon and I reconvened, and that’s how this happened:

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Bacon and Creamy Dijon Dressing

This will come as a shocker, but I forgot to pick up tarragon at the grocery store because my brain was submerged in which-bacon-do-I-buy?  So the tarragon portion of the tarragon dressing does not exist in my version of the recipe; however, I will remember for next time, assuming I don’t get distracted by the bacon display.

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Bacon and Creamy Dijon Dressing

This salad is so simple, so flavorful, and it’s just the keepiest of keepers. The “shaved” portion of this recipe involves putting the broccoli in a food processor and pulsing it up. True story: I’m the only food blogger on the planet that doesn’t own a food processor, so I used my nifty WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 7-inch Hollow Edge Chai Dao knife to thinly slice the broccoli, which worked like a dream.

My biggest take-away from the recipe (other than the fact that bacon and I are soul mates) is that shaving (or food processing) the broccoli is better than leaving it in florets, because the slices soak up the dressing and become bombed with flavor. This is now my answer to all the broccoli salads.

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Bacon and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Guess what, guys?! Today, I’m hopping on a plane to see my good friend, Stephie! It will be the first time we meet in person, and I’m pretty sure you’ll hear us shouting from across the United States. Slash we’ll be blowing up all the social medias with our comings and goings. Spoiler alert: there might be tattoos. You think I’m kidding.

Have you been to Chicago? It will be my first time in Illinois, and I just can’t wait.  I have some posts scheduled to go up while I’m gone, so you won’t be in the dark. Plus you’ll hear the screams and see all the Instagrams.

You know what to do with this salad.

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Bacon and Creamy Dijon Dressing

Shaved Broccoli-Apple Salad with Bacon

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
4 Servings


  • 2 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise*
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pound broccoli, 1 large crown
  • 1 large Gala apple, cored and sliced


  • Cook the bacon over medium heat until it reaches desired level of crisp. Place it on a plate, chop it, and set aside.
  • In a large serving bowl, whisk together the cider vinegar, mustard, pepper, yogurt, mayo, and lemon juice until well-combined and creamy.
  • Place broccoli in a food processor and pulse a few times to give it a rough chop (if you don’t own a food processor, do as I did and thinly slice the broccoli).
  • Add the broccoli, apple, and bacon to the mixing bowl and toss well until everything is coated in dressing.
  • Serve alongside your favorite entrée!


*I used Hampton Creek's Just Mayo


Serving: 1grams
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked gluten free apple fritter, dairy free, dairy free recipes, easy healthy recipes, gluten free recipes, gut healthy recipes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Julia

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Friday 6th of March 2015

Oh, so many great sides here - thanks!! Have a super time in Chicago!!


Friday 6th of March 2015

Oops - I wrote the wrong comment on this one - sorry! Can't wait to try a new broccoli recipe since we tend to get in a rut with ours!!


Tuesday 25th of November 2014

JUST my kind of salad and with all my favourite ingredients too! What a great SRC pick for this time of year, Karen


Tuesday 25th of November 2014

So glad you like it, Karen! I'm all about broccoli and bacon these days. In abundance...on repeat ;) Have a great week!


Tuesday 30th of September 2014

Um I have totally forgotten key ingredients in recipes while at the supermarket. But good to know the tarragon isn't compulsatory! I mean, I like it, but it's not my FAVORITE herb.

Kate @ Almond Butter Binge

Sunday 28th of September 2014

If Cooking Light is telling you to make bacon, you make bacon. Enough said. This looks so yummy, and a great way to get some more veggies in my life. Thank you for sharing!

Also, I hope there were tattoos. Seriously jealous.

Jennie @themessybakerblog

Friday 26th of September 2014

You're going to love eating your way through Chicago. It's such a great city. I'm okay with your fib--because, bacon. Love this salad. Pinned.

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