Drop-in Salad Recipe
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Drop-in Salad Recipe

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When my husband and I were invited to a barbecue, I threw together this broccoli salad. I tossed in whatever I had in the fridge, and the crunchy colorful combination that resulted was a hit. It is a nice change from lettuce salads.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 6 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1 large red apple, cubed
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinaigrette or vinaigrette of your choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice


  1. In a large salad bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Combine vinaigrette and lemon juice; drizzle over salad. Toss to coat. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Drop-In Salad in Quick Cooking March/April 2004, p27

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Joscy 138479
Reviewed May. 22, 2013

"am always on *lookout* for great salads, and, by the looks, this will be popular on our table. Thank you for sharing!"

Karli Gorsline 107204
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"Everyone in our family loves this salad! I like to use 2% sharp cheddar cheese and sometimes sub green onion if I don't have the red on-hand. Our favorite dressing is light raspberry vinaigarette. Especially great in the summer!"

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