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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

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With fresh veggies, crispy bacon pieces, cheese, and a creamy homemade dressing, this broccoli cauliflower salad is perfect for an easy to make BBQ or potluck side dish.
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  1. Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This fresh broccoli cauliflower salad is a tasty recipe that is loaded with crisp raw vegetables, bacon bits, and cheese with a creamy homemade ranch dressing. It’s the perfect side dish for a barbecue or potluck that’s sure to be a huge hit.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 head of cauliflower, washed and cut into small pieces
  • ½ red onion, diced small
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-ounce package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, dry
  • 1 package bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 6-ounce block Colby Jack cheese, cut into small cubes

PRO TIP:

If you need to travel with this salad, I recommend using packaged real bacon bits in place of cooked chopped bacon. They will keep their texture better and longer than cooked chopped bacon will.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BACON: You can use real packaged bacon bits in this easy salad, instead of making your own bacon and chopping it up.

CHEESE: You can use whatever type of cheese you prefer for this cauliflower broccoli salad recipe. You can cut the cheese into small cubes or use shredded cheese instead. Some other types of cheese that taste delicious in broccoli cauliflower salad are cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, or parmesan cheese.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS: You can have some fun adding ingredients to this fresh salad. Popular add-ins include raisins or dried cranberries, crunchy sunflower seeds, green onions, and shredded carrots.

How To Make This Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

STEP ONE: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and dry ranch dressing mix. Use a whisk to combine.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

If you are chopping a whole head of broccoli and cauliflower, cut off bite-sized florets and then slice the florets lengthwise (up and down) into even smaller pieces. Be sure to include some of the stalks as it adds a ton of crunch and flavor to the salad.

You can also buy store-bought chopped broccoli and cauliflower to save time.

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STEP TWO: In a separate large bowl, add chopped raw broccoli florets, raw cauliflower florets, red onion, cooked bacon, and Colby Jack cheese cubes.

PRO TIP:

If you are not serving this salad right away, I suggest waiting to add the chopped bacon. It is best to cook and add to the dish right before serving.

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STEP THREE: Pour salad dressing mix over the top of the ingredients. Using a large spoon, mix it all together well.

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STEP FOUR: Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

How To Serve

Serve this delicious salad as a perfect addition to potlucks, BBQs, and family functions. It would be a great option alongside our grilled chicken breast and grilled corn on the cob.

If you enjoy this creamy salad, then you will also love this broccoli salad. Be sure to also try some of our other favorite veggie salad recipes like this Mexican corn salad and this cucumber salad.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover broccoli cauliflower salad in an airtight container in the fridge. If you have already mixed the ingredients with the dressing, the salad will last in the fridge for about 2 days, but it may get a bit soggy. If you have not mixed the dressing in yet, broccoli cauliflower salad will last in the fridge for about 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing broccoli salad. All the fresh ingredients will lose their crisp texture and become soggy.

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Broccoli cauliflower bacon salad is a crunchy and creamy side dish and this great recipe is perfect for a potluck or barbecue. Fresh broccoli and cauliflower are mixed with a delicious homemade ranch dressing to create a tasty side salad that everyone loves!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store this salad?

This easy broccoli cauliflower salad recipe can be stored in the fridge for up to two days.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

This delicious salad recipe is best made ahead of time so that the ingredients can soak up all the flavors of the creamy dressing.

How do you cut broccoli for this recipe?

If you are chopping a whole head of broccoli for this easy recipe, cut off small florets. You can also buy chopped broccoli at the grocery store to save time.

How do I pick a cauliflower?

Pick a head that is free from browning, wet spots, or “sunburned spots.” The cauliflower should be firm, and heavy for its size with densely packed florets. The leaves should be fresh and vibrant green which is a sign that the cauliflower was recently harvested.

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With fresh veggies, crispy bacon pieces, cheese, and a creamy homemade dressing, this broccoli cauliflower salad is perfect for an easy to make BBQ or potluck side dish.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 1 head broccoli,  washed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 head cauliflower, washed and cut into small pieces
  • ½ small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ounces Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, dry
  • 1 package bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 6 ounces Colby Jack cheese cubes,  cut into small cubes

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and dry ranch dressing mix. Use a whisk to combine
  • In a separate large mixing bowl add chopped broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, bacon, and Colby Jack cheese
  • Pour dressing mix over the top of the ingredients. Use a large spoon to mix together
  • Serve immediately or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve

Notes

  • If you need to travel with this salad, I recommend using packaged real bacon bits in place of cooked chopped bacon. They will keep their texture better and longer than cooked chopped bacon will.
  • If you are chopping a whole head of broccoli and cauliflower, cut off bite-sized florets and then slice the florets lengthwise (up and down) into even smaller pieces. Be sure to include some of the stalks as it adds a ton of crunch and flavor to the salad. You can also buy store-bought chopped broccoli and cauliflower to save time.
  • If you are not serving this salad right away I suggest waiting to add the chopped bacon. It is best to cook and add to the dish right before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 806mg | Potassium: 518mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 722IU | Vitamin C: 83mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 1mg
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