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Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad

6 servings Prep time: 15 min

This fresh broccoli salad makes a great light lunch or side for any of your favorite entrees. I love the combination of smoky turkey bacon, hearty broccoli, crispy apples, and tangy lemon-sumac dressing, with dry roasted almonds overtop for a satisfying crunch. 

Broccoli is one of the most accessible superfoods since it’s easy to find and overflowing with powerful nutrients and phytonutrients. It packs in tons of vitamins C and K, fiber, antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, and other anti-inflammatory compounds like kaempferol. 

I know you’ll love this recipe as much as I do!

Wishing you health and happiness,

Mark Hyman, MD 

Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Easy Healthy Recipe



  • 8 ounces sugar-free organic turkey bacon, patted dry
  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 2 medium shallots (roughly ⅔ cup), thinly sliced
  • 2 large broccoli heads
  • 1 honeycrisp apple
  • ⅓ cup dry roasted almonds


  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (roughly 1 large lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sumac
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


Step 1 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375℉.

Step 2 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 2

Place a skillet over medium-high heat, once the pan is hot add the avocado oil and shallots to fry. Reduce heat to low and stir to avoid burning for the first 2 minutes. The shallots should be browned and crispy after about 5-7 minutes.

Step 3 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 3

Once shallots are ready, place a bowl under a fine mesh strainer and strain all the oil from the shallots. Set aside.

Step 4 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 4

Lay the turkey bacon out into one layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Transfer to the oven to bake for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip the bacon strips. Transfer to the oven for another 15 minutes or until browned and crispy.

Step 5 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 5

While the bacon is baking, prepare the rest of the salad ingredients. Peel the broccoli stems and chop them up along with the florets.

Step 6 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 6

Cut the apple into matchsticks and roughly chop the almonds.

Step 7 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 7

Prepare the dressing by microplaning the garlic into a bowl along with the lemon juice. Allow the garlic to marinate with the lemon for 2 minutes, then add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine.

Step 8 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 8

Chop the turkey bacon into small pieces. Add the broccoli into a large mixing bowl along with the dressing and toss until the broccoli is evenly coated. Then toss together with the apple, almonds, and turkey bacon.

Step 9 Apple Bacon Broccoli Salad Healthy Recipe

Step 9

Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with the crispy shallots.

Nutritional Information

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories: 298, Total Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 818mg, Carbohydrates: 23g, Fiber: 7g, Sugars: 9g, Protein: 16g, Net Carbs: 16g

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