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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

This Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Swiss cheese and bacon is a simple quick salad to make, and it’s loaded with flavor. Unlike the more traditional version of broccoli salad with raisins and a tangy-sweet dressing, in this salad broccoli and cauliflower are tossed with bacon, shredded cheese and a creamy homemade buttermilk dressing. Serve it thoroughly chilled for a delicious make ahead side dish to go with any meal.


Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Refrigerator salads like this Broccoli Cauliflower Salad makes it a versatile option year-round. The flavor combination in this aladisn’t limited to any one season, it’s great of year including warm summer month for picnics and potluck parties. How to make quick Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:

  • Broccoli – One large bunch of fresh broccoli florets with the stems removed and separated into bite size pieces.
  • Cauliflower – One medium head of fresh cauliflower florets core removed and separated into bite size pieces.
  • Bacon – Eight to ten slices of classic bacon, cooked and crumbled.
  • Pimentos – One 4 ounce jar of sliced pimentos OR roasted red pepper, chopped and drained. This is optional.
  • Onion – One small red onion and green onions.
  • Cheese – One cup of shredded Swiss cheese, colby jack or white cheddar cheese.
  • Seasonings – Salt and black pepper adapt to taste.
  • Dressing – One packet of dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix, real mayonnaise and buttermilk.
Swiss Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is Packed with Flavor

These two vegetables go together so well and individually they’re delicious in so many forms. Whether it’s the classic broccoli salad or in a casseroles like broccoli cheddar gratin or fully loaded smashed cauliflower they’re a regular in my kitchen.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Broccoli Cauliflower Salad: Fresh broccoli and cauliflower florets, mayonnaise, buttermilk, dry Ranch salad dressing mix, bacon, diced pimento or roasted red peppers, red onion, shredded Swiss cheese, salt and black pepper to taste and green onions.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Medium bowl, whisk, sharp knife and cutting board, measuring cups and spoons, silicone spatula or large spoon.
  • You could use another variety of cheese for this salad. Cheddar, colby jack cheese or any other type that you enjoy or have on hand.
  • The broccoli and cauliflower needs to be super fresh to lengthen the shelf life of the salad.
  • You can use diced pimento or a jar of roasted red peppers finely chopped. Either way they should be well drained prior to adding to the rest of the ingredients.
  • You can use light mayonnaise in this recipe, if preferred.
  • Once assembled, allow ample time for the salad to chill to give the ingredients time to fully combine and mingle. At least 4 hours or longer.
  • Store Broccoli Cauliflower Salad in an airtight container well chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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There’s no wrong time of year to add a fresh crisp salad to your lunch and supper mens. A few you may enjoy trying:

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Swiss Cheese and Bacon

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Swiss Cheese and Bacon

Prep Time15 minutes
Chilling time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli-salad, brocoli-cauliflower-salad, salad-recipes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 1 0.4 oz packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large bunch broccoli stems removed, separated into bite size pieces
  • 1 medium head cauliflower core removed, separated into bite size pieces
  • 10 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1 4 oz jar sliced pimentos OR roasted red pepper, chopped drained (optional)
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese, colby jack or white cheddar cheese
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 medium green onions thinly sliced


  • To make the dressing, add the buttermilk, mayonnaise and dry dressing mix to a large mixing bowl. Whisk the dressing together until it's fully combined.
  • Add broccoli, cauliflower, bacon and pimento and onion to the bowl. Mix until fully coated with dressing.
  • Add cheese, mixing well. Taste and adjust the salt and black pepper to your taste.
  • Refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight before serving.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 476mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 701IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 178mg | Iron: 1mg
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