Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad will quickly become a staple recipe! It’s always a crowd favorite, who knew people could love broccoli so much? It’s easy to make and perfectly refreshing on a warm summer day.
Easy Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
How do you get your kids to eat broccoli without a million and one complaints? The question on every parent’s mind. Try serving this cold broccoli salad, you’d be surprised how much kids love this salad.
Broccoli never tasted so good! Raw broccoli can be totally boring, but when you toss it into a salad with cheese and bacon incredible things just happen!
I’m a huge fan of coleslaw dressing type salads so I’ve always loved a good, classic broccoli and cauliflower salad…but I’ve never liked the fact that most recipes out there call for 1 cup of full-fat mayonnaise!
I mean, I didn’t create this version to be low calorie but I just never feel like 1 cup of mayonnaise is necessary on anything. I swapped out a lot of that mayo for fat-free Greek yogurt and went with light mayonnaise instead.
Serve this easy broccoli salad along with pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwiches for a meal the everyone will love! This is one of the ultimate cookout or potluck side dish recipes. Any time of year, people will be requesting this salad!
Want to see how easy this broccoli salad recipe is? Watch the video!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Ingredients
For the broccoli and cauliflower salad, you’ll need:
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
- Colby Jack cheese
- Red onion
And for the broccoli salad dressing, you’ll need:
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Light mayonnaise
- Red wine vinegar
- Granulated sugar
How to Make Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the broccoli salad dressing ingredients (if you like to multi-task, do it while the bacon is cooking).
- Then sauté the bacon in a skillet until browned and crisp. Don’t forget to toss it occasionally.
- Add the remaining salad ingredients (broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, cheddar) and cooled bacon to a salad bowl.
- Pour that creamy dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Easy as that!
Can I Make This Salad in Advance?
This broccoli and cauliflower salad is best the day it’s made, but if you wanted to prep this salad to eat later in the week you could mix together the dry salad ingredients and drizzle the dressing on just before you’re going to eat it.
Can I Use Another Type of Cheese?
Yes, you can use another cheese in this recipe. Cheddar cheese would work nicely here, as would Swiss.
Tips for the Best Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
- If you are looking to cut more calories, you can cut back to four slices of bacon and reduce the amount of cheese a little and omit the sugar. You’ll still have a delicious salad!
- Rinse the diced red onion under cold tap water to remove some of its harsh bite.
- I like the texture the cubed cheese adds to this cold broccoli salad recipe, but you can also use shredded if that’s all you have on hand.
More Side Dish Recipes You’ll Love:
- Broccoli Apple Salad
- Bacon Cheddar Ranch Potato Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Greek Orzo Salad with Feta
- Three Bean Salad
- Mexican Macaroni Salad
- Classic Potato Salad
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Broccoli never tasted so good! Raw broccoli can be totally boring but when you toss it into a salad with cheese and bacon and cover it with a creamy dressing incredible things just happen!
- 3/4 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt , or more to taste
- 4 cups small diced broccoli florets
- 4 cups small diced cauliflower florets
- 8 oz bacon (about 8 slices), diced and sauteed until crisp and drained
- 1 1/4 cups small cubed Colby Jack cheese (6 oz)
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion , rinsed under water and drained (if it's a mild one you can add a little more)
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to use.
Add all salad ingredients to a salad bowl (I like to set aside about 1/4 of the bacon and red onion to sprinkle over the top at the end for more color, that's totally optional).
Pour dressing over top then toss to evenly coat. Serve within and hour of adding dressing for best results.
- If you are looking to cut more calories, you can cut back to four slices of bacon and reduce the amount of cheese a little and omit the sugar. You'll still have a delicious salad!
- Recipe source: Cooking Classy