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Sunny Vegetable Salad

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


  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 5 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup sunflower kernels


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

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  • gunslinger
    Feb 13, 2018

    Very delicious! Dressing had just the right amount of sweetness. I added 1/2 raisins and 1/2 craisins. Very pretty dish and enjoyed by all. Make the day ahead for the best blend of flavors.

  • karbauer
    Jul 30, 2017

    Wow I've been making this salad for years now. Hard to believe I'm the tenth person reviewing this recipe. It's excellent! Everybody who taste it loves it. I leave out the sunflower kernels and even the bacon once and awhile. It's really the dressing that brings it all together. The longer it sits the better it taste. Try it you'll really like it!

  • kallikorissa
    Jun 3, 2013

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  • CanadianChris
    Apr 23, 2012

    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
    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
    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!

  • lisamc
    Mar 15, 2011

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  • sparfan
    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
    Jul 11, 2010

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

  • conyop
    May 25, 2010

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