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Festive Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Festive Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad Recipe

I came up with this recipe when unexpected company arrived and I didn't have enough lettuce and tomatoes on hand to make a traditional salad. Everyone enjoyed it so much that it became a regular at our table. —Avanell Hewitt, North Richland Hills, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling YIELD:14 servings


  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup small pitted ripe olives, halved
  • 1/2 cup cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 cup sunflower kernels


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.
  • 2. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, salad dressing, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and dill. Pour over salad; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 3. Just before serving, sprinkle with sunflower kernels. Yield: 14 servings (2/3 cup each).

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 253 calories, 24g fat (4g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 284mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 4g protein.

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[email protected] User ID: 1665956 271572
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2017

"This was really great! I only made a 1/2 portion, sonce there's only 3 of us, and omitted the olives, since we don't like them. And, since my husband doesn't care for ranch dressing, I used creamy garlic instead. Looking forward to having some for lunch tomorrow!"

htrimnal User ID: 2173940 260619
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017

"I made this dish for a luncheon at work. We have several vegetarians in our office and there never seem to be enough options for them. It was a huge hit, and I loved that it can be made the night before (I waited to add the dressing just prior to serving). The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because, in my opinion, it could use a little more zing. However, it would be easy to dress up to your taste."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 251895
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2016

"This is a versatile, tasty salad that will be a delightful addition to almost any meal. It will be rounding out our burger nights & making it's appearance at holiday meals. I reduced the mayo to 1/2 cup as I don't like my veggies to be swimming in dressing. I left out the olives and added an extra carrot. It is delicious!"

neuman05 User ID: 8022473 227527
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"I also add raisins"

Mamaruthie User ID: 6339776 187455
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Made this for a birthday celebration at work and got rave reviews. Making it again tomorrow for a last luncheon at work since our jobs are being moved to another state. I love this recipe"

daisey5 User ID: 146806 184022
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I loved loved this salad."

Dcerickson9449 User ID: 7857911 102686
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I suggest adding bacon to this recipe and using shredded cheese instead of cubed cheese."

Deana Sims User ID: 3477171 186127
Reviewed May. 5, 2014

"This is a delicious salad. One that is easy to prepare and seems to go well with almost anything. I love salads that have a crunch to them and as such usually add nuts or croutons to any that I make, but this salad did not need anything added to it, for it is naturally crisp. I did add a tablespoon of sour cream to the dressing to make it a bit creamier."

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 168234
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"I followed the suggestions of others and cut everything much smaller except the julienned green pepper and sliced onion. It was really good. I brought it to a family party and it was devoured. I was actually wishing we had some left over cause I was craving it today to have with my lunch."

tatersnana User ID: 7479501 186830
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013


BIGJOHNSGAL User ID: 6260528 127183
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"Absolutley delicious! I made this on the 4th of July instead of a traditional potato or pasta salad, Everyone loved it."

donrymple User ID: 534830 187453
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2013

"I made the salad the day before I needed to serve it for the 4th of July. It was great and my guests loved it. The serving amount is exactly right on. Next time I make it I intend to make it a meal and add ham cubes or chicken."

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 118302
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"We blanched the cauliflower and broccoli first. Wish we would have chopped them smaller and blanched them. We used shredded cheese instead of cubed. Our family just didn't care for the flavor, especially the second day. I did like the choice of veggies though and will use that part of the recipe in straight ranch next time."

naomi524 User ID: 1071157 186124
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I have made this salad twice now. It is very good. I especially love the dill. I am taking it to share for Easter dinner. This is definitely saved in my recipe box."

shesmiles11 User ID: 6556314 168233
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2012

"I have people asking me to PLEASE make this wonderful salad for every get together. My husband asks that I make extra so that he can have some for later since there is never any left."

s8vdntyme User ID: 5856004 116075
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2012

"I really enjoyed this salad! Very simple and easy to make, although I made a couple of changes. I used matchstix carrots (about 1/2c.) and shredded cheese instead of cubed. Will definitely make it again!!"

OMGran2 User ID: 5309300 168232
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"We thought this recipe was a little too saucy. Next time, I will not use as much dressing mixture. We don't like much dressing on our salads. Not a bad recipe. The rest of it may taste better today!"

wbshiraz User ID: 6404467 184020
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"I did a salad like this many years ago. I bought it at a deli first, then started making it myself. The dressing I used was Green Goddess. It was really good"

lyndacg User ID: 6099298 166942
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"Yes, this is like the broccoli salad with bacon bits.

No need to blanche vegis, just cut in smaller pieces."

moni2 User ID: 6702496 118301
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"Simply used reduced fat mayo,cheese etc. worked well for me. no fat reduced creamy taste factor so went to the reduced fat items. Really good for summer."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 186120
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"I was given a similar recipe 20 years ago. Mine has bacon bit added to it, very good."

licatinodm User ID: 2395127 118300
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2012

"This sounds really good but I don't know if I would spend 7 Weight Watcher points on it unless it was my dinner. I would have to find a way to lighten up the dressing or save some out for me before I put the dressing on it."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 166941
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"I actually didn't get to taste this recipe myself, as I made it ahead for dinner and my family ate it all up by the time I got home! However, they all gave it a thumbs up. I took the advice of the previous reviewer, and blanched the veggies. Cauliflower, in particular, can be very hard eaten completely raw. Good, quick to prepare salad."

TerryH1387 User ID: 2222889 127156
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"The dressing had a good taste and I'll definitely make this recipe again. I left out the olives (not a fan). I'd partially cook the carrots and maybe the brocolli and cauliflower next time to make it easier to eat."

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