Broccoli Salad

for the salad: 1 pound broccoli florets, thinly sliced and then roughly chopped ½ cup raw sunflower seeds or slivered almonds ½ cup finely chopped red onion ½ cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (optional) ⅓ cup dried cranberries or dried tart cherries, chopped for the dressing: ⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons apple cider…