Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is an easy, cold side dish recipe that is often on the table at our family parties and potlucks.

Raw broccoli and crunchy cauliflower with bacon, onion and cheddar cheese tossed in a light and creamy Miracle Whip and vinegar based dressing is a delicious and easy way to eat more vegetables.

Walnut bowl of fresh cauliflower and broccoli with light homemade dressing, cheddar cheese, bacon and onion

If you enjoy this recipe you may also enjoy Sauerkraut Salad and Carrot Salad with Celery & Mangos.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe with Miracle Whip

Cheese, bacon and a light dressing add just the right notes to the crunchy broccoli and cauliflower.  For more variety of vegetables in a mayonnaise-based dressing try our Overnight Salad or Rotini Pasta Salad with Mixed Greens.

My mom has made this easy salad for years.  I’ve held out on eating this recipe for too many years for fear of the Miracle Whip.  This was a huge mistake.  Even a picky eater like myself can enjoy this simple, yet robust combination of flavors and get more veggies in my diet.

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Bacon and cheese make our favorite dishes better from Twice Baked Potato Casserole which is wildly popular on Pinterest to Smashed Potato Casserole or Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon SlidersBacon Cheeseburger Pie and Bacon Breakfast Casserole.

This easy vegetable side dish tastes great with about any meal, so it’s perfect to take to a potluck, picnic or a big holiday meal like Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Ingredients to make broccoli cauliflower salad on board ready to mix up for salad

When we try to eat healthier in our house we try to set simple goals that are feasible like eating more fruits and vegetables.  Drinking more water and adding more fiber to the diet are small changes that can make a big difference.  This recipe is our favorite way to eat raw broccoli and cauliflower.

We also love these warm cauliflower side dishes from Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Casserole in the Crock Pot, in the Oven and Air Fryer Roasted Cauliflower.

Crunchy, raw broccoli and cauliflower bites with bacon, cheese, onion and a light, sweet dressing made with Miracle Whip

Another way that we enjoy eating broccoli is in our baked Broccoli Mushroom Casserole.

Easy Recipe for Broccoli, Bacon and Cauliflower Salad

  1. Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small pieces, finely chop onion.
  2. Cook, drain and crumble bacon.
  3. Mix broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, bacon and cheddar cheese.
  4. Mix Miracle Whip, sugar and vinegar. Pour over salad and serve.

Tips for Making Cauliflower & Broccoli Salad

  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower into very small pieces, small pieces mean more flavors that can be enjoyed together in each and every bite
  • Chop the onion very finely as each piece should be a small accent in every bite
  • Red onion has the strongest onion flavor and makes a great accent to the other veggies for onion lovers, more mild palates may enjoy a sweet onion instead
  • I prefer sharp cheddar cheese to maximize flavors, but mild cheddar or another combination with yellow cheese can be used
  • Be sure to to Miracle Whip, not Mayo
  • To prep ahead of time chop vegetables, but wait to add the dressing until ready to serve to extend shelf life
  • Salad is best in the first day or two, make half a batch and store chopped veggies that won’t be eat right away in separate containers
  • Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days
Spoonful of broccoli cauliflower salad with Miracle Whip

How to Make Broccoli, Bacon & Cauliflower Salad

Prep all of the veggies by cutting into very small pieces. This allows a little bit of every flavor to mix together and create the best flavor experience in every bite!

Ingredients needed to make broccoli cauliflower salad

I like to chop the broccoli and cauliflower as part of a meal prep plan and if that doesn’t work I’ll get started while the bacon is frying.

Keeping a couple kids safe knives on hand means the kiddos can help be part of the salad prep process too!

Chopped broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, miracle whip, red vinegar and sugar on cutting board
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Once all of the ingredients are prepped pour in a bowl and stir together.

Mix the salad dressing ingredients together – Miracle Whip, red wine vinegar and sugar – then pour over salad. Mix well and store in the refrigerator.

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Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Servings 12 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad is an easy, cold side dish recipe that is often on the table at our family parties and potlucks.
Raw broccoli and crunchy cauliflower with bacon, onion and cheddar cheese tossed in a light and creamy Miracle Whip dressing is a delicious and easy way to eat more vegetables.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bunch broccoli chopped into small pieces
  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into small pieces
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 pound bacon crisp & crumbled
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Mix broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, bacon and cheddar cheese.
  • Mix Miracle Whip, sugar and vinegar. Pour over salad, mix well and serve.

Notes

  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower into very small pieces, small pieces mean more flavors that can be enjoyed together in each and every bite
  • Chop the onion very finely as each piece should be a small accent in every bite
  • Red onion has the strongest onion flavor and makes a great accent to the other veggies for onion lovers, more mild palates may enjoy a sweet onion instead
  • I prefer sharp cheddar cheese to maximize flavors, but mild cheddar or another combination with yellow cheese can be used
  • Be sure to to Miracle Whip, not Mayo
  • To prep ahead of time chop vegetables, but wait to add the dressing until ready to serve to extend shelf life
  • Salad is best in the first day or two, make half a batch and store chopped veggies that won’t be eat right away in separate containers
  • Store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days
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Nutrition

Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 12gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 566mgPotassium: 420mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 533IUVitamin C: 69mgCalcium: 175mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    I cannot handle Miracle Whip! Maybe I was traumatized as a kid with a Miracle Whip sandwich or something–but I just gotta make this with mayo. I will give it a try this weekend! Also, great tip to save half in the fridge without dressing to toss up in a few days. You rock!!

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