Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

This quick and easy Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is fresh, flavorful, and perfect for any occasion. Made with just a few simple ingredients, this salad is ready to enjoy in minutes. It is great as a side dish, lighter meal, or appetizer!
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Broccoli cauliflower salad is a classic side dish that is both delicious and nutritious! It is made with a simple dressing, fresh veggies, and several different add-ins. This salad is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables, and it is also a good source of protein and fiber. Serve as a refreshing appetizer, lunch, easy side dish, or lighter meal!

Broccoli cauliflower salad.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

There are many reasons why you will love this broccoli cauliflower salad recipe.

  • It is easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients.
  • This salad is a healthy and nutritious side dish perfect for any occasion.
  • It is versatile and can be customized to your liking with different toppings and add-ins.
  • This veggie salad is delicious and satisfying!
  • The salad takes just a few minutes to put together. Then, let it chill until ready to serve.
  • This salad is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutritional benefits.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegetarian, and white sugar-free.
  • Check out these Salad Recipes for more inspiration!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutions for broccoli cauliflower salad. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe.

Use fresh broccoli and cauliflower. Do not use frozen veggies.

Tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, and carrots add freshness and color.

Add in dried cranberries or raisins for an added touch of sweetness.

For extra crunch, add in chopped almonds or walnuts.

Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

For the dressing, use unsweetened Greek yogurt. If you are dairy-free, feel free to use coconut yogurt.

Lemon juice adds a tangy flavor to the dressing.

Honey naturally sweetens the dressing. Use maple syrup if desired.

Minced garlic adds a depth of flavor to the dressing.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Taste & Texture

Broccoli cauliflower salad has a creamy texture and slightly sweet flavor.

The broccoli and cauliflower are both crisp and crunchy.

The nuts add a bit of crunch and richness to the salad as well.

In addition, the dressing is creamy, naturally sweet, and flavorful.

How to Make

Step 1

To start, blanch the broccoli and cauliflower florets. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare a bowl of ice water. Place the broccoli and cauliflower florets in the boiling water for 2 to 3 minutes until they turn bright green. Quickly transfer them to the ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain and chop them into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.

Broccoli and cauliflower with ice.

Step 2

In a large salad bowl, combine the blanched and chopped broccoli and cauliflower with the cherry tomatoes, red onion, bell pepper, grated carrots, dried cranberries, and chopped nuts (if using).

Chopped veggies in bowl.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, prepare the dressing by mixing together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, honey (or maple syrup), minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Taste and adjust the sweetness and seasoning to your preference.

Creamy salad dressing.

Step 4

Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients in the large bowl.

Veggies in bowl with dressing.

Step 5

Gently toss everything together until the salad is evenly coated with the dressing.

Veggie salad with dressing.

Step 6

Cover the salad bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Broccoli cauliflower salad in bowl.

Step 7

Before serving, garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

Expert Tips for Success

Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best broccoli cauliflower salad.

Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into small florets of equal size so that they cook evenly.

Do not overcook the broccoli and cauliflower or they will become mushy.

If you are adding in bacon, cook it until it is crispy.

To make the dressing, whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined.

Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat.

Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes before serving so that the flavors can meld.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

There are many ways to flavor and customize this broccoli and cauliflower salad. Here are a few ideas.

Add different types of cheese, such as cheddar, Parmesan, or Monterey Jack.

Add different types of nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, or pecans.

Add dried fruits, such as cranberries or raisins.

Add cooked chicken or shrimp for added protein.

Top with crumbled hard-boiled eggs.

Add a splash of hot sauce or Dijon mustard.

Close up of cauliflower and tomato.

How to Serve & Store

Broccoli cauliflower salad can be served as a side dish or as a main course.

It is a great addition to potlucks, picnics, and barbecues. It can also be served as a light lunch or dinner.

We love it served with our famous pulled pork!

To store, refrigerate the salad in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If possible, store the salad and dressing separately.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can make this salad ahead of time. Simply combine all of the ingredients except for the dressing and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to serve, add the dressing and toss to coat.

Can I make this salad vegan?

Yes, you can make this salad vegan by using vegan yogurt and vegan cheese.

What is Amish broccoli salad?

Amish Broccoli Salad is a creamy, flavorful side dish made with broccoli, cauliflower, bacon, cheese, and a sweet and tangy dressing.

Can I use frozen broccoli instead?

No, do not use frozen broccoli.

How do you store leftovers?

Ideally, store the salad and dressing in separate containers in the fridge. Store for up to 3 days.

How far in advance can you make broccoli cauliflower salad?

You can make this healthy salad up to 24 hours in advance. Just before serving, add the dressing and toss the salad.

Bowls of colorful salad.

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