Recipe for Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

Recipe for Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad

This recipe for cauliflower broccoli salad is a great healthy way to get your vegetables and make a delicious meal or side salad. This is part of our Salad Sides Recipes Category.

This cauliflower broccoli salad recipe is easy to make yet it contains a lot of vegetables. It has a creamy dressing mixed in. Also, it is very flexible and many options and substitutions are shown.
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About This Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe

Cauliflower and broccoli are two healthy vegetables that go great together in a salad. It’s also a great idea for using leftover fresh veggies.

You’ll also see below some recipe options to create different variations as well as those that will emphasize broccoli over cauliflower.

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Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipes

Cauliflower and broccoli are both cruciferous vegetables that are great for your health. They are low in calories and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Above is the main salad recipe. Below are a few optional changes that give you multiple recipes that will help you get the most out of these powerhouse veggies.

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Keep in mind that this is a very specific set of ingredients for that unique set of melded flavors. If you drop or change an item not mentioned below, it will take on a very different experience. The list here provides you with tested options of deleting or replacing some of the ingredients. There are times where you might be out of something or you have a different preference. These are individual potential variations, not a combined set of items to implement them all at once.

  • add crumbled bacon pieces (equivalent to about 2-3 slices)
  • melt bacon drippings and mix it in right away (about 2 tbsp.) gives you the bacon flavor
  • change the Ranch dressing for Italian dressing
  • drop radishes, celery, carrots, vinegar
  • increase amount of cauliflower and broccoli (1/2 cup total increased)
  • It is not recommended to replace the parmesan with cheddar cheese. The parmesan cheese can be the freshly grated or the store-bought granulated kind.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipes

If you want to emphasize the broccoli, you’ll need to make this a recipe for broccoli and cauliflower salad. These are the ingredients changes you’ll also need to make.

Change the quantities of cauliflower and broccoli to be reversed. In other words, you’ll have more broccoli than cauliflower.

Drop these ingredients from the Dressing: dry mustard, radishes, and vinegar.

This recipe is listed on our Dinner Ideas for Christmas Eve article, where you’ll also see other traditional and non-traditional fun recipes for main courses, sides, appetizers, salads, and breads.

Recipe for broccoli cauliflower salad recipe with bacon

Looking for a way to turn broccoli and cauliflower into a tasty salad? This recipe for broccoli cauliflower salad with bacon is sure to do the trick! The combination of flavors and textures is sure to please everyone.

If you want to make a set of alterations to make this a recipe for broccoli cauliflower salad with bacon, here’s what you need to change. The flavor will be different because broccoli will be standing out more and there is a certain combination of ingredients that will be better suited.

First, you reverse the quantities of cauliflower and broccoli. In other words, you’ll have more broccoli than cauliflower.

Second, you’ll need to drop the dry mustard, radishes, and vinegar. And, this also means that you shouldn’t substitute Italian dressing for the Ranch dressing.

Finally, cook about 3 slices of bacon and set it aside. When cooled off a bit, go ahead and crumble it up into the salad mixing bowl. When ready to finish it up, pour in the drippings you just made but not to exceed 2 tablespoons of those drippings. You should mix it up well immediately after pouring in those drippings.

FAQ for

How do you cut up Cauliflower?

We have an entire article with lots of pics and shown step by step. Here is the published posting of How to Cut Up a Cauliflower.

How much broccoli salad per person

How much broccoli salad per person? That really depends on the recipe variations you might have chosen to use. A simple broccoli salad might call for just a cup of broccoli florets per person, but a more elaborate recipe, such as the one above that includes cauliflower, could easily make the entire salad amount to be about 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup. The good news is that broccoli and cauliflower are both relatively affordable vegetables, so you can afford to make plenty of salad for everyone. And leftovers are always a bonus!

Do you cook the broccoli for broccoli salad?

There are many different recipes for broccoli salad, but one question always remains: do you cook the broccoli or leave it raw?

While this recipe and its variations do not intend for it to be cooked, the answer to this question depends on your preference. Some people prefer the crunch of raw broccoli, while others find it too strong. If you’re looking for a more mellow flavor, cooking the broccoli will soften it and make it less intense.

However, if you’re looking for a bit of a crunch in your salad, then leave the broccoli raw, as is the focus of this recipe and its variations. Either way, the dressing will help to bring out the flavors of the broccoli and cauliflower.

Can I make broccoli salad the night before?

Yes, you can make broccoli salad the night before. In fact, many people find that making it ahead of time allows the flavors to blend together better.

How long does broccoli salad last?

When it comes to how long broccoli salad can last in the fridge, it really depends on the ingredients that are used. For example, if mayonnaise is included, it will only last for a few days. But, if vinegar is used as the main dressing ingredient, it can last up to two weeks. However, vinegar is not the main ingredient in this recipe and their optional variations. Overall, broccoli salad is a fairly healthy and safe option to eat when stored in the fridge for a few days. The broccoli will give off a strong scenario in the air when you remove its covering, but this is to be expected. The longest plan of retention should be about 3 days max.

Can you eat too much broccoli and cauliflower?

When most people think about eating their vegetables, they think of things like carrots and celery. But cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are also great for you. In fact, you can eat a lot of them without worrying about overdoing it.

That’s because cruciferous vegetables are low in calories and high in nutrition. They’re a great source of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Other Salad Ideas

Here are some other salad ideas that are totally different from each other.

Background of This Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe

This recipe for salad with broccoli and cauliflower is very unique and has a specific set of ingredients. The combination has been developed over a 10-year period and was locked down in 2020 as a final set of confirmed and accepted flavors. You’ll want to use caution about exchanging or deleting some items as the entire intended flavors might shift from being very good to just being good. We’ve included advance notes on what changes and deletions do work well and will suit your individual preferences for taste.

Resources of Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe

Here is some outside information on some of this recipe’s ingredients. It’s interesting to read about recipe ingredients as they give insight sometimes about what might be related for combining for different tastes. It also gives ideas of nutritional values, storage, and historical information.

Nutritional Values of Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

The nutritional values are shown in the <Print Recipe> option.


In conclusion, this cauliflower broccoli salad recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables. It is delicious and easy to make. So next time you are looking for a new salad recipe to try, be sure to give this one a go!

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Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

This cauliflower broccoli salad recipe is easy to make yet it contains a lot of vegetables. It has a creamy dressing mixed in. Also, it is very flexible and many options and substitutions are shown.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 190kcal

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Salad Main Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cauliflower small cutup florets
  • ½ cup Broccoli small cutup florets
  • cup Carrots shredded or pieces
  • 15 each Green Olives Spanish is preferred
  • 2 stalks Green Onions chopped (or sweet or purple onion)
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 2 each Radishes diced


  • 5 tbsp Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp sour cream
  • tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar or other vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper


  • Prepare and add all Salad Main Ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl.
    1 cup Cauliflower, ½ cup Broccoli, ⅓ cup Carrots, 15 each Green Olives, 2 stalks Green Onions, 1 stalk celery, 2 each Radishes
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  • Add the Dressing ingredients and mix well with a spoon to distribute dressing and coat all vegetables. Optionally, garnish with thin sliced radishes.
    5 tbsp Ranch Dressing, 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 4 tbsp sour cream, 1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated, ½ tsp Ground Black Pepper, ⅛ tsp dry mustard
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  • Serve or store in fridge for up to 3 days.
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Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2082IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
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