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Veggie Chopped Salad

My husband's aunt gave me this recipe back in the '80s, and it's been a staple at our house ever since. I like to make it a day ahead because some time in the fridge makes it even better. Be sure to save yourself some leftovers, too. —Madeline Etzkorn, Burien, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings (3/4 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 3 cups finely chopped fresh broccoli
  • 3 cups finely chopped cauliflower
  • 3 cups finely chopped celery
  • 2 cups frozen peas (about 8 ounces), thawed
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-1/3 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar, cheese, vinegar and salt until blended. Add to salad and toss to coat. Just before serving, stir in peanuts. Refrigerate leftovers.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Don't throw away those tasty broccoli stems. Just peel the outside layer with a veggie peeler, then chop and enjoy.
  • Lighten up by using reduced-fat mayo and adding 3 more cups of any chopped vegetables you'd like.
  • This salad is easily customizable. Add some shaved Brussels sprouts, or swap sunflower seeds for the peanuts. Try adding raisins or dried cranberries.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 308 calories, 26g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 357mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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    • Lynette
      Apr 6, 2020

      This was a great salad, and easy to make. We enjoyed it but felt it was missing something. As posted, this recipe needs just a bit of tweaking.....I will try again and tweak it.

    • amehart
      Jul 2, 2019

      Love chopped salads but this was a little bland. I upped the vinegar and sugar and that helped. We liked the crunch and the peanuts, but will play a little more with the seasoning to bring the flavor up.

    • buckey15
      Jun 13, 2019

      Love this salad and always make it for crowds. Crunchy and delicious!!

    • suzyqt1968
      Jan 21, 2019

      So crunchy and delicious!

    • JJND
      Aug 21, 2017

      Found this recipe 5 months ago and have made it at least 6 times. Followed recipe as is. I get multiple requests for the recipe every time.

    • itsknotsew
      Aug 2, 2017

      I made this yesterday for our ladies get-together/supper and it was BLAH! I followed the recipe to a T. Really thought it was going to be great with all the great ratings but for me, it was not. Won't make this one again.

    • Anne Bernadette
      Apr 21, 2017

      Thanks to Madeline for a most delectable salad. I served this at an Easter buffet luncheon and received nothing but raves. It was a simple salad to assemble and the combination of vegetables, bacon, and dressing was a winner. I upped my bacon strips to eight and added 1/3 cup of coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese (for color mostly). Otherwise, I made no changes.

    • gramcayo
      Mar 15, 2017

      Really good. BTW, the mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar is the dressing I have always used on my cole slaw using equal parts sugar and vinegar.

    • fgilbreth
      Sep 4, 2016

      It is a very good salad, but much too high in fat, sugar and cholesterol for my healthy family. I made it with a lesser amount of low fat mayo, Stevia rather than sugar and toasted sliced almonds. Much lighter and healthier, and still very tasty!

    • Rellierae
      Aug 30, 2016

      Followed the recipe, took it to a church potluck and it was enjoyed by all. I'll definitely be making this again.