Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

June 29, 2016

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.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad in a bowl with salad servers at the side

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
  • Bacon
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • Red onion

And for the broccoli salad dressing, you’ll need:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Light mayonnaise
  • Honey
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Salt

Dressing in a bowl for making a Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

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.

Bacon pieces frying in a pan for making a Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

  • Add the remaining salad ingredients (broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, cheddar) and cooled bacon to a salad bowl.

Ingredients for a Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad in a white bowl

  • Pour that creamy dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Easy as that!

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad ingredients in a white bowl with the dressing getting poured over the top

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.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad in a white bowl

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

4.56 from 9 votes

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!

Servings: 7 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Dressing

  • 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

Salad

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to use.

  2. 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).

  3. Pour dressing over top then toss to evenly coat. Serve within and hour of adding dressing for best results.

Recipe Notes

  • 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
Nutrition Facts
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 47mg16%
Sodium 603mg26%
Potassium 494mg14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 580IU12%
Vitamin C 76.7mg93%
Calcium 227mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli salad
Author: Jaclyn

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47 Comments

  • Claire

    My husband declared this his new favorite salad. It was delicious…perfect summer side dish! The combination of flavors was great. I think it would also be good with some chopped up hard-boiled egg added…I’m trying it that way next time. :)

  • Julie

    I just made this salad… DELICIOUS!!! I chopped and cooked 6 pieces of bacon which I divided amongst two salads instead of mixing it into the whole. AND to make a **keto-friendly dressing** I put in a food processor:
    1 cup diced cucumber
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup whole organic milk
    1 tsp dried dill
    one half squeezed lemon
    and salt and pepper to taste. Literally perfect ❤️

  • Donna

    It was delicious. I would make it again. Great summer salad. I think I would substitute the cheese though for something for with a bite like a good Feta or other firm goat cheese

  • Ashlee

    Anyone make this without the sugar or honey? I’ve cut out all sugar for the time being and wondering if it’s just as good without those two?

  • Mary

    So frustrated with Keto recipes without serving size, calories, fats, carbs, protein content!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is probably the 30th recipe I found w none of this info!

    • Elaine Porter

      The recipe says 7 servings and there are many apps and websites that will calculate all that for you. My Fitness Pal is one!

  • Monica Tebrugge

    I’m subbing this week at my kid’s school and making this for easy lunches. I’m adding chicken to up the protein and make it more filling. I’m hoping to get at least 3 days out of it. How well does it hold up in the fridge?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’d just add the dressing to separate portions when ready to eat then it should hold up great!