Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe

Recipe for Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe with a sweet and savory homemade dressing. Fresh cauliflower and broccoli florets with crispy bacon pieces, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and cheddar cheese.

This easy broccoli salad is the best kind of salad for potlucks, parties and family gatherings and especially around the Holidays! It doesn’t get soggy quickly and will be a hit with kids and adults alike!

Cauliflower broccoli recipe salad with a homemade dressing in a mixing bowl with a spoon.

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This creamy broccoli salad recipe served cold is so ADDICTIVE! The raw cauliflower and broccoli with cheddar cheese and crunchy sunflower seeds and craisins is such an unexpected yet perfect sweet and savory combination.

Simple cauliflower salad recipe with a homemade mayo dressing.

Do I need to cook broccoli or cauliflower?

No! For this broccoli salad with bacon, the broccoli and cauliflower are added to the recipe raw! When the sweet and savory dressing is added, it penetrated into the raw vegetables and they become creamy and so flavorful and rather enjoyable uncooked.

Can I substitute the ingredients?

Even though the salad is great as is, you can substitute the craisins for raisins or dried cherries. The sunflower seeds may be substituted for sliced almonds.

If you don’t like cheese, leave it out completely. The grated cheese may be substituted for finely cubed mild cheddar cheese.

Cauliflower broccoli salad recipe with cheese, bacon, craisins, and sunflower seeds in a bowl with a spoon.

How to make this Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe-

  1. Cook bacon pieces, set aside to cool completely.
  2. Next cut broccoli and cauliflower into small florets.
  3. Grate or a block or cheddar cheese. Or use pre-shredded cheese.
  4. Then finely chop the red onion.
  5. Prepare the homemade dressing by combining the mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar.
  6. Lastly, combine all of the ingredients and enjoy!

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Simple cauliflower broccoli salad recipe in a bowl with cheese, onions, craisins, sunflower seeds, and bacon.

Can you prepare this broccoli salad ahead of time?

This is a great make-ahead salad. Prepare everything per instructions and refrigerate the salad cover, keep dressing in a separate container. Then just combine dressing with the salad right before serving and enjoy.

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Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe

Easy and quick recipe for a cauliflower broccoli salad recipe with dried cranberries, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, red onion and a homemade dressing. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cabbage salad recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 467kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 3 cups raw cauliflower, small florets
  • 3 cups raw broccoli, small florets
  • 1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mild cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 pack bacon, chopped & cooked (8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup craisins (dried cranberries)


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar


  • Cook bacon pieces, set onto a paper towel to cool. 
  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small florets. Finely chop onion. 
  • Prepare the homemade salad dressing. Combine the mayo, sugar, and vinegar.
  • In a bowl add the broccoli, cauliflower, cheese, sunflower seeds, cranberries, bacon and red onion. Add dressing. Combine well and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Broccoli Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 467 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 397mg 17%
Potassium 368mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 18g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 9.9%
Vitamin C 79.2%
Calcium 17.8%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • Jane 05/03/2019, 11:08 am Link Reply

    I saw where you said to add dressing right before serving. If refrigerating salad over night should the bacon also be left out until serving salad too? Thanks

    • Valentina's Corner 05/03/2019, 12:11 pm Link Reply

      You can add the bacon in as well, just mix don’t mix the salad until you are ready to serve it. Enjoy, it’s a wonderful salad. 🙂

  • James Brownson 04/22/2019, 4:05 pm Link Reply

    When the recipe calls for vinegar is it the white kind or apple cider kind?

    • Valentina's Corner 04/22/2019, 5:27 pm Link Reply

      Thank you. Recipe is updated. 🙂

  • Roxanne Stair 03/10/2019, 11:08 am Link Reply

    Great salad. Not sure where you got 10 min prep. I must have done something wrong. Took 20 mins to bake bacon and I cut up vegetables while that was baking. Had to cool bacon before mixing. Made dressing while bacon cooled. Then time to mix all ingredients evenly including dressing. But salad is well worth the effort.

    • Valentina's Corner 03/11/2019, 12:35 am Link Reply

      Hi, Roxanne. I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad – makes me so happy. Ha, you are right, the recipe time is a slightly off. The cool and cooling time was missed, recipe is edited. Thanks for catching that.

  • Toria 10/26/2018, 8:56 pm Link Reply

    Great salad recipe! Perfect for a girls night! 😉

    • Valentina's Corner 10/26/2018, 11:06 pm Link Reply

      You had me at girls night. I love a good ladies get together for fellowship. <3

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