Sunny Vegetable Salad Recipe
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Sunny Vegetable Salad Recipe

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A terrific mixture of crisp, chewy, fresh and sweet ingredients makes this salad taste as good as it looks. A nutritious vegetable like broccoli is a lot more palatable "dressed up" this way. -Char Holm, Goodhue, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-16 servings


  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 5 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 231 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large salad bowl, toss the broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, onion and raisins. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Sprinkle with bacon and sunflower seeds. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Sunny Vegetable Salad in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p33

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CanadianChris User ID: 6354761 50104
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2012 Edited Apr. 20, 2014

"Fantastic recipe. I made it for a family gathering gathering and it was a great hit. . As a previous reviewer suggested, I substituted dried cranberries for raisins and everyone loved it."

cutiegirl User ID: 2886787 50101
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I have been this salad many times for family or to bring to a pot luck. Everyone always loves it and the bowl always comes home empty. I love it too, because it is so delicious and so easy to make."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 21840
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2011

"I made this salad for the first time last's a lot like the recipe for broccoli salad I've used for years, but this one surpasses it! I love the cauliflower in it, as it's more tender than broccoli, and the addition of the cheese and sunflower seeds really adds to it. I'm afraid I'll be retiring my old recipe in favor of this one!"

sparfan User ID: 2071735 45543
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2010

"I take this to so many potlucks and family dinners. It is always loved! I use red wine vinegar instead of cider..nicer!"

yggepm User ID: 5180906 202595
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"This is by and far the best vegetable salad I ever made. Anyone who eats it asks for the recipe."

conyop User ID: 1752962 202594
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"I make this recipe frequently for parties or potlucks. It's always very popular!"

therchler User ID: 1729952 46637
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2010

"I have been making this since it first appeared in the magazine. I use all broccoli, though. We love it. I also use dried cranberries in place of the raisins."

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 80367
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"Two people asked me for the recipe at a small fellowship we attend. One of the men had a bowlful and went back for seconds. I omitted the bacon. I have to avoid sugar, so I couldn't eat it. Maybe an alternative sweetener could be used?"

eek User ID: 879318 46636
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2008

"This is a wonderful salad, I get requests for it often... I add another ingredient to the dressing. CURRY POWDER! Not a lot, but just enough to raise the question... what is that great taste??"

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