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Easy Delicious Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

My easy Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad recipe is a cool, creamy, crunchy and deli­cious sum­mer sal­ad sen­sa­tion! This broc­coli cau­li­flower sal­ad recipe is a potluck, pic­nic and reunion favorite side dish. Sim­ple and delicious!

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It’s got good for you veg­gies, soul-sat­is­fy­ing salty, crispy bacon, crunchy sun­flower seeds and a light­ly sweet, creamy sal­ad dress­ing that pulls every­thing into per­fect harmony. 

Hon­est­ly, this broc­coli and cau­li­flower sal­ad is a fan­tas­tic dish, year-round. 

And, when you don’t feel like cook­ing, it’s an out of this world whole meal salad! 

Serve it for din­ner, pack it in lunch­es, enjoy it as a quick and easy snack or as a sat­is­fy­ing cold breakfast. 

This easy broc­coli sal­ad recipe is at the front of our list of fam­i­ly favorite recipes. It’s gonna be one of yours, too!

The Ingredients

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe Ingredients

For the Broc­coli and Cau­li­flower Salad:

  • Fresh broc­coli flo­rets, diced to bite-size
  • Head of cau­li­flower, diced to bite-size
  • Thick cut bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
  • Red onion, minced
  • Extra Sharp Ched­dar cheese, cut into 1/2″ cubes
  • Sun­flower Seeds

For the Broc­coli and Cau­li­flower Sal­ad Dressing:

  • May­on­naise
  • Gran­u­lat­ed sugar
  • White wine vine­gar (red wine vine­gar or apple cider vine­gar also work)
  • Stone ground mustard
easy homemade mayonnaise
Home­made May­on­naise is a deli­cious base for the Sal­ad Dressing.

Variations, Additions or Substitutions

Greek Yogurt or sour cream can be sub­sti­tut­ed, in full or in part for the home­made may­on­naise in my broc­coli cau­li­flower sal­ad. Both may feel lighter. They will like­ly cre­ate a thin­ner, less creamy dress­ing, though.

Look­ing for crunchy sub­sti­tutes for sun­flower seeds? Try pepi­tas (pump­kin seeds), pis­ta­chios or roast­ed chick­peas in your broc­coli and cau­li­flower sal­ad. They’re all great sources of pro­tein and the nuts con­tain healthy fats.

For a pop of sweet­ness add diced apple, dried cran­ber­ries or halved red grapes. You’d be sur­prised how fruit can make the broc­coli cau­li­flower fla­vors sing.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Tips

two stalks of fresh brocolli

The broc­coli cau­li­flower com­bi­na­tion is a clas­sic one. And nev­er more so than in sum­mer, when both show up in a vari­ety of cold sal­ad recipes. 

As you put this broc­coli sal­ad recipe, or any oth­er cau­li­flower sal­ad, broc­coli sal­ad com­bi­na­tion togeth­er there are some impor­tant tips to keep in mind.

  1. Buy organ­ic when it’s avail­able and you can afford it. Pes­ti­cides are still heav­i­ly used to grow much of what we eat. Broc­coli has been removed from the Clean Fif­teen list recent­ly, as the USDA has neglect­ed to test pes­ti­cide lev­els on it for many years. I real­ize, it isn’t always avail­able and it does cost more. But, if it can work for you, organ­ic is the best option.
head of cauliflower on a wooden table next to a wooden cutting board with a knife and cauliflower florets on it
  1. Clean your pro­duce! All of it. Cau­li­flower, broc­coli and oth­er fresh foods are han­dled by many hands before they get to us. They have lots of nooks and cran­nies for dirt, dust, bugs and bac­te­ria to hide. Fol­low safe han­dling prac­tices and use my tip, below, for clean­ing fresh broc­coli and cau­li­flower flo­rets before assem­bling your salad.
  2. Cau­li­flower and broc­coli, prop­er­ly cleaned and stored, can last at least a week in the fridge. After wash­ing, use air tight con­tain­ers and store cau­li­flower flo­rets and broc­coli where you won’t for­get you’ve got them.
  3. A limp and wob­bly head of broc­coli that is still good, i.e. bright green flo­rets with no obvi­ous mold or bad spots, can still be recov­ered. Restore it to it’s crisp and firm best. 
broccolin stalk in a glass of water on a counter top with subway tile back splash
  1. Trim about 1/2‑inch off the bot­tom of the stalk, just like you would for fresh cut flow­ers. Low­er the stem into a glass of cool water. You can leave it on the counter or set it in the fridge. Your broc­coli will firm up and be per­fect to use in just a cou­ple hours.

How to Clean Broccoli, Cauliflower and Other Produce

The USDA guide­lines for wash­ing pro­duce are pret­ty sim­ple. If you do this with all your pro­duce as soon as you bring it home, you’ll know that all the fresh food in the refrig­er­a­tor is clean and safe for your fam­i­ly to grab and go.

There is no way to 100% kill all the germs and bac­te­ria our food comes in con­tact with. But, this has been the best method I have per­son­al­ly found. And it allows my pro­duce to last so much longer, with much less waste. 

  1. Wash hands, coun­ter­tops, cut­ting boards and uten­sils with hot, soapy water.
  2. In a large bowl, pre­pare a cold water solu­tion of 3 parts water to 1 part dis­tilled white vine­gar (i.e. 3 cups water to 1 cup vine­gar, etc.). I promise you’ll nev­er taste the vine­gar in your produce.
  3. Sub­merge your cau­li­flower and broc­coli. Stir the pro­duce around to help remove any dirt. Let the fresh veg­gies sit in the soak for around 10 min­utes. Use a veg­etable brush to remove any stub­born dirt. Rinse with cool water .
  4. Lay out clean tow­els on the kitchen table or counter. Spread the pro­duce in a sin­gle lay­er to air dry before stor­ing in the fridge. It’s ready to use, imme­di­ate­ly, but can’t be stored until it is 100% dry. This could take sev­er­al hours.
  5. Store clean, dry fruits and veg­eta­bles in air-tight con­tain­ers in the fridge. I have suc­cess­ful­ly kept grapes fresh and crisp for 2+ weeks using this method. It’s awe­some for cucum­bers, car­rots and cel­ery. And I even use it for wash­ing my let­tuce leaves. (Those take the longest to dry. But, then they keep so much longer.)

FAQs About Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

easy broccoli cauliflower salad recipe - salad in a round, white ceramic bowl ona concrete counter with a turquoise and white checked napkin
What goes with Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad?

This broc­coli and cau­li­flower recipe is an easy deli­cious side dish. Serve it with juicy Slow Cook­er Chick­en Breasts, my Easy Meat­loaf Recipe, my recipe for sim­ple, juicy and ten­der Baked Chick­en Breasts, Slow Cook­er Ham, Mis­sis­sip­pi Pot Roast or my deli­cious­ly spicy South­west Chick­en Recipe. Pair one of these main dish­es with the cau­li­flower broc­coli sal­ad recipe and some scrump­tious Air Fry­er Mex­i­can Corn. You’ll have a meal peo­ple will run to the table to share!

Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad is also the per­fect accom­pa­ni­ment to this Air Fry­er Cod recipe from Lau­ra, at Lit­tle House Big Alas­ka! Or how about these Smoked Shot­gun Shells for a tasty pas­ta and sal­ad pairing?

How far ahead can I make broc­coli cau­li­flower sal­ad?

Up to 24 hours before serv­ing. Your cau­li­flower and broc­coli sal­ad should mar­i­nate in it’s own dress­ing for a min­i­mum of 1 hour pri­or to serv­ing to achieve the most sat­is­fy­ing flavor.

How long does broc­coli cau­li­flower sal­ad last in the fridge?

Four days! That makes this scrump­tious broc­coli cau­li­flower recipe an excel­lent meal prep option for the week ahead! Keep the tasty side dish sealed in an air­tight con­tain­er in the fridge.

easy broccoli cauliflower salad recipe - salad in a round, white ceramic bowl ona concrete counter with a turquoise and white checked napkin

How to Make Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad

It’s easy to make broc­coli cau­li­flower sal­ad. You need about 15 min­utes prep time and then an hour or so chill time in the fridge.

  1. Cook and drain the bacon. Cut into 1/2″ pieces. (I use the oven. I place 8 pieces of bacon on a rimmed bak­ing sheet and cook at 400° F for 15–20 min­utes. When it reach­es your desired crisp­ness, remove from oven and drain on paper towels.)
  2. Cut the broc­coli and cau­li­flower into flo­rets, and then into bite-sized pieces.
  3. For the high­est degree of clean­li­ness, soak the cut broc­coli and cau­li­flower pieces in a solu­tion of 1/2 gal­lon water and 1/2 cup dis­tilled white vine­gar for 10 min­utes. Rinse and drain. (At the very least, toss your cut veg­etable pieces into a colan­der and rinse under cool water. This won’t kill any hid­den bac­te­ria, but it will rinse off the dust.)
  4. Mince the red onion. I love raw red onion, but it can be strong. I usu­al­ly mince it into small pieces.

  1. Cut the Ched­dar into cubes.
  2. Mix broc­coli, cau­li­flower flo­rets, bacon pieces, minced onion, Ched­dar cheese cubes and sun­flower seeds in a large mix­ing bowl. Set aside.
  3. Make the sal­ad dress­ing by com­bin­ing the may­on­naise, sug­ar vine­gar and mus­tard in a small mix­ing bowl. Whisk to com­bine every­thing thoroughly.
  4. Pour the sal­ad dress­ing over the Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad mixture.
  5. Stir to com­bine. Be sure all the veg­eta­bles are coat­ed in sal­ad dressing.
  6. Add black pep­per, to taste and gar­nish with fresh pars­ley, if desired.
  7. Chill in an air-tight con­tain­er until ready to serve

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easy broccoli cauliflower salad recipe - salad in a round, white ceramic bowl ona concrete counter with a turquoise and white checked napkin

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 12 serv­ings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

My easy Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad recipe is a cool, creamy, crunchy and deli­cious sum­mer sal­ad sen­sa­tion! It’s got good for you veg­gies, soul-sat­is­fy­ing salty, crispy bacon and a light­ly sweet, creamy sal­ad dress­ing that pulls every­thing into per­fect har­mo­ny.  Plan for about 15 min­utes of prep time and then at least an hour to chill in the fridge.  This sal­ad will become a favorite side dish!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 5 cups fresh broc­coli flo­rets, diced to bite-size
  • 1 medi­um head cau­li­flower, diced to bite-size
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon, cooked, drained and chopped
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 cup extra sharp Ched­dar cheese, cut into 1/2″ cubes (Shred­ded ched­dar cheese is good, too.)
  • 1 cup sun­flower seeds

For the Sal­ad Dressing:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vine­gar (red wine vine­gar or apple cider vine­gar also work)
  • 2 Table­spoons stone ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Cook and drain the bacon. Cut into 1/2″ pieces. (I use the oven. I place 8 pieces of bacon on a rimmed bak­ing sheet and cook at 400° F for 15–20 min­utes. When it reach­es your desired crisp­ness, remove from oven and drain on paper towels.)
  2. Cut the broc­coli and cau­li­flower into flo­rets, and then into bite-sized pieces.
  3. For the high­est degree of clean­li­ness, soak the cut broc­coli and cau­li­flower pieces in a solu­tion of 1/2 gal­lon water and 1/2 cup dis­tilled white vine­gar for 10 min­utes. Rinse and drain. (At the very least, toss your cut veg­etable pieces into a colan­der and rinse under cool water. This won’t kill any hid­den bac­te­ria, but it will rinse off the dust.)
  4. Mince the red onion.
  5. Cut the Ched­dar into cubes.  Alter­na­tive­ly, you can use shred­ded Ched­dar cheese.)
  6. Mix broc­coli, cau­li­flower, bacon pieces, minced onion, Ched­dar cheese cubes and sun­flower seeds in a large mix­ing bowl. Set aside.
  7. Make the sal­ad dress­ing by com­bin­ing the may­on­naise, sug­ar vine­gar and mus­tard in a small mix­ing bowl. Whisk to com­bine every­thing thoroughly.
  8. Pour the sal­ad dress­ing over the Broc­coli Cau­li­flower Sal­ad mixture.
  9. Stir to com­bine. Be sure all the veg­eta­bles are coat­ed in sal­ad dressing.
  10. Add black pep­per, to taste and gar­nish with fresh pars­ley, if desired.
  11. Chill in an air-tight con­tain­er until ready to serve
  • Prep Time: 15 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Sal­ad Recipes, Vegetables
  • Method: Cold Prep
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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And you’re gonna love Chopped Sala­mi Sal­ad from Sune­na at the Sassy Foodie!

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35 thoughts on “Easy Delicious Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe”

  1. This sal­ad is so fresh and SO fla­vor­ful! We had friends over and I served it as the main course. Every­one raved. There were NO leftovers!

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