This shredded broccoli salad is filled with raisins and apples for a new, flavorful way to eat your broccoli!

It’s Wednesday! Which of course means some WIAW action. In case you’re new around here, (and I believe there are quite a few of you. Hi!) What I Ate Wednesday is a glimpse into a day of my meals. As much as it may seem like I live off pumpkin cookies, pumpkin brownies and dough balls, I really do eat other things too. And of course we have to thank Jenn for throwing this party to begin with.

Lemony Broccoli Apple Raisin Salad
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So without further ado, I give you breakfast.

Sunflower seed oatmeal

Oatmeal with a peach + sunflower seed butter. Yeah, the same stuff I said I can’t stand plain. I didn’t change my mind or anything, I still can’t stand it but I’m desperately trying to get rid of the jar. Mixed in with oats it’s not as bad. Unfortunately, this peach was not juicy at all. I guess there was a reason they were 79 cents/lb this week.

Come lunchtime, I was inspired by Angela’s post yesterday where she used Whole Food’s detox salad as inspiration to create her own and I figured I could do something similar with what I had on hand. Plus, I was really sick of the leftovers I’d been eating for the past 2 lunches.

We eat a ton of broccoli in this house. Like 4-5 crowns of it a week. It’s easy and when you’re usually trying to fit a workout in after work, it’s hardly a vegetable that takes much time to prepare — see our guide on how to cut broccoli the right way for all the tips and tricks!

But, steaming and roasting was getting old. This might be my new favorite way to eat it.


Lemon Broccoli Apple Raisin Salad

In the same amount of time it takes to steam broccoli, I had this whole salad prepared.

Personally, I hate raw broccoli. I always avoid it on those raw veggie trays and pick out all the tomatoes and carrots instead. But all chopped up like this, it barely tastes raw.

With the combo of apples + raisins for sweetness and the lemon dressing for some acidity, this was actually a perfect balance of flavors.

Broccoli Apple Raisin Salad

Served on the side for lunch with a cheese quesadilla, vanilla yogurt and a peach that I actually didn’t end up eating. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. This happens almost everyday where I grab more than I can eat.

Chopped Broccoli Apple Raisin Salad

Some cookie dough freezer bites may or may not have served as an afternoon snack.

During my workout, (NROLFW 3A) all I could think about was food. Hunger came out of nowhere so stretching + eating at the same time ensued. Ginger was showing me how well she can stretch too when there are pita chips and hummus on the floor.


I gave her a little pita chip, shhhhh.

Oh, and there was a beer involved. Nothing like rehydrating with a cold beer after a workout!

Dinner: ready for some nastiness?

Enchilada dinner

That my friends, would be a frozen chicken enchilada from Trader Joe’s that has been in my freezer for almost a year. Want to know what’s even scarier? There was no expiration date on the package. I love most of TJ’s frozen meals but, I just can’t recommend this one.

I had actually bought two of these awhile back, ate one and hated it so the other sat in the freezer. Until last night. It had to be done. I wanted it out of my life so I took one for the team and ate it. It’s pretty much just a spicy mess without any real flavor. The ingredient list is less than stellar and the sauce was disgusting. It’s over, I’m moving on.

Everything can be fixed with a brownie though. Especially, a pumpkin brownie and ice cream.

pumpkin brownie

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Lemony Broccoli Apple Raisin Salad

Servings: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This shredded broccoli salad is filled with raisins and apples for a new, flavorful way to eat your broccoli!


  • 2 crowns of broccoli
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup raisins, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons pepitas
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  • In a food processor, pulse broccoli until finely chopped.
  • Transfer to a medium bowl.
  • Do the same with the carrot and transfer to the same bowl. (If your food processor is big enough to do both together feel free, mine is not)
  • Add chopped apples, raisins, pepitas, almonds and toss to combine.
  • Season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Whisk olive oil + lemon juice together in a separate bowl and pour over salad.
  • Toss to combine.


Inspired by Oh She Glows Detox Salad


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 57mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salads
Cuisine: American

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve eaten recently?

Do you feed your pet human food? We seldom ever feed Ginger directly. If she gets human food it goes in her food dish first. Of course, my parents ruin this completely when she’s at her house. It’s our payback for not providing any grandchildren, they instead spoil our dog.

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  1. Thank you so much for responding! I was so embarrassed when I realized this blog was from last October, so I really appreciate the prompt reply. And I’m so sorry, I misspelled “marketside” lol. Walmart carries it in the refridgerated section beside the packages of salad.

    1. No need to be embarrassed! It’s good to know older posts get found every once and awhile :)

  2. Oh, and also, I’ve used sesame ginger quite a few times as a dressing base for the broccoli salad and it’s quite good. The brand Markerside makes a nice, sweet type and it works really well.

  3. Hi, so sorry to be off topic, but what kind of camera are you using to take such beautiful pictures? I, too, am sorry you had to endure the enchiladas. Looks like instant acid indigestion to me. I love making broccoli salad, though, and I experiment with different kinds all of the time. Oftentimes, I even substitute craisins for the raisins (just for a little bit of a different flavor) and it’s wonderful. Oh, and your dog is too cute! :)

    1. Hi Bianca- I use a Canon T3 with the stock lens. Nothing too fancy, it’s the cheapest DSLR they make :) I’ll be on the lookout for that dressing you mentioned. Sounds delicious!

  4. This recipe looks delicious! I’m planning to make it along with your tofu fried rice. One problem: I’m not really a fan of lemon (or raisins). Do you have any other suggestions for a dressing? How do you think it would taste with a tiny bit of maple syrup and/or soy sauce?

    1. You could substitute any dried fruit for the raisins. They were good because they added some sweetness to it. I think dried cherries would be delicious if you like those. I’d probably go the maple syrup route rather than the soy sauce route on the salad. Let me know how it turns out if you do that!

  5. I made the broccoli salad for a side dish, but ended up just eating it for a late lunch. Nom nom!
    My dog used to go nuts for popcorn. She was a tiny mild-mannered shihtzu and would bark at me until I hurled a handful her way.

    1. Our dog goes nuts for popcorn too. My husband started feeding that to her a few years ago and now when she hears the bag popping in the microwave she starts whining!

  6. Next time your peaches are too under ripe, maybe try cooking them in with the hot oats. That softens them and sweetens them up a bit. That bowl of oats does look pretty fantastic, though. YUM!

    Your broccoli salad looks perfect for a potluck, as well as anytime!

    The only “human food” we give our kitty is just a bite of tuna or salmon if we have any we don’t want to eat. Served in his bowl, naturally. :)

  7. That looks like the most amazing bowl of oats I have ever seen. Pumpkin brownie sounds like the best way to end a day.

  8. Yeah, I totally understand… bad meals really suck. But throwing away food always makes me feel guilty for wasting it :-(
    On a lighter note, I love broccoli and this looks like a great way to eat it! :D

  9. I ate expired, pre-cooked chicken breast. It had been expired for 8 days and I didn’t know- I was starving when I came home and just had some! Now I’m freaking out about it, and would love to know if I should be more worried about it- as in seeking medical advice.

    Besides that though, great WIAW :) Sorry for being a Debbie Downer!

    1. Ahh, hope it all turns out ok! If it makes you feel any better, I eat expired stuff all the time. Not necessarily chicken, but lots of other things :)

  10. I’ve always thought about getting that enchilda, but now I’ll know to stay away from it. It’s too bad since most everything from TJ’s is stellar.

    Love the idea of the salad. I’m also not crazy about broccoli raw (plus the little buds always get stuck in my teeth), but this is something I would definitely try. Pairing apples with broccoli? Genius!