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Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad

Add some flavor to your next barbecue or potluck with this delicious and easy-to-make Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad! It's filled with your favorite veggies and makes for a healthy and filling prepare ahead lunch. Try it out today for a tasty treat everyone can enjoy!

This Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad is loaded with all of your favorite vegetables. It is simple to make, but packed with flavor. The perfect side dish for a summer barbecue and always a hit at a potluck party! It also makes a healthy and filling prepare ahead lunch.

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad

During the winter, I tend to prepare a lot of comfort foods like Mexican Corn Casserole or Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons. As much as I enjoy these wonderful dishes, by the end of January, I really start to miss some of the lighter foods I prepare during  the summer months. One of my favorite light recipes is this Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad. It is so simple to make, but full of flavor. It is always a hit at a potluck party or summer barbecue! I whipped up a batch of it on Sunday and had some for lunch today. 

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad on a wood background with Parmesan cheese in a bowl and cherry tomatoes in a bowl beside it.

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What is in the Crunch Salad?

It is loaded with delicious, crunchy vegetables and a few other tasty items which include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Green Onion
  • Carrots
  • Olives
  • Bacon
  • Parmasean Cheese

The Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is then tossed with a homemade Italian dressing and should marinate for at least 2 hours before serving for the best flavor. I just love all of the nutrient dense raw veggies in this salad. The broccoli contains powerful antioxidants and it is packed with vitamins and minerals. The cauliflower is high in fiber and has phytonutrients and essential B-vitamins. Cauliflower has become an all-star veggie and is fabulous in other recipes like Cauliflower Steak or Buffalo Cauliflower! 

Fresh vegetables on a cutting board: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, black olives, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and celery.

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How do I make the Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad?

Start off by making the homemade Italian dressing. You will need:

Ingredients for Italian dressing on a beige background.

Measure out all of the ingredients and put them in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously until the ingredients are well blended and emulsified.

Homemade Italian dressing in a glass quart jar.

Now, time for the salad! Roughly chop up the broccoli, cauliflower and celery. Slice the zucchini and green onions and dice up the carrot. Place all of the veggies in a large bowl and add in the olives.

Overhead shot of Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad in a large glass bowl.

Then, pour the homemade Italian dressing over the veggies and toss to make sure they are all coated. Cover and marinate for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.

Italian dressing in glass jar being poured onto a salad.

Toss the cooked, crumbled bacon in just before serving. This step is optional! If you would like this to be a vegetarian friendly dish, just omit the bacon. I think it is very tasty with or without it.  Another option: I have also divided the salad and placed bacon in one half and left it out of the other, then labeled it as such for serving at parties. Once served, sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

Crunch salad with fork in it on wood background with a bowl of Parmesan cheese and cherry tomatoes in the background.

How do I store the Salad?

It can be stored in a covered container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. One thing to note is that it will lose it’s crunchiness the longer it is stored. If you are making a large batch to last throughout the week, (I often do this so I have an easy healthy lunch) add the dressing to the portion you would like a few hours before serving instead of to the entire salad all at once.

What else can I add to the Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad?

I have experimented with adding several different items: sunflower seeds, pecans, roasted bell peppers, feta cheese or goat cheese (instead of Parmesan) and even fresh strawberries! They have all been amazing additions. If you are adding seeds, nuts or cheese, wait until just before serving to add it.

“I’m a vegetarian, can I omit the bacon?” 

Absolutely! As I mentioned above, just leave out the bacon to make it a vegetarian friendly salad. If there is a meat-free alternative you might enjoy in it’s place, give it a try. When I leave the bacon out, sometimes I add a little extra salt and a 1/4 tsp of smoked paprika. 

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad

Add some flavor to your next barbecue or potluck with this delicious and easy-to-make Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad! It's filled with your favorite veggies and makes for a healthy and filling prepare ahead lunch. Try it out today for a tasty treat everyone can enjoy!
4.87 from 15 votes
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Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Broccoli Cauliflower Salad, Broccoli Crunch Salad, Cauliflower Crunch Salad, Crunch Salad, Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 275kcal

Ingredients

Homemade Italian Dressing:

Easy Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad:

  • 2 cups broccoli roughly chopped
  • 2 cups cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 1 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • ½ cup pitted olives sliced
  • ¼ cup carrot diced
  • 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

Dressing:

  • Measure all ingredients into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Shake vigorously until well-blended and emulsified.

Salad:

  • In a large bowl combine broccoli, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, green onion, olives, and carrot.
  • Pour the dressing over top and toss so that all the vegetables are coated.
  • Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Toss with bacon just before serving.
  • Serve with grated parmesan cheese.

Notes

* Red wine vinegar can be substituted for the white wine vinegar
*The salad can be made the day before and left to marinate in the fridge overnight.
*Add seeds or chopped nuts for additional crunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 420mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1053IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

Looking for more great healthy recipes? Give these a try!

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SIMPLE OVEN ROASTED BELL PEPPER STRIPS AND ONIONS

So Tell Me…

Have you ever made a Broccoli Cauliflower Crunch Salad? What is your favorite salad to take to a party? Do you eat a lot of comfort foods during the winter months?

Thank you so much for stopping by. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below. Have a great week!

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Recipe Rating




Choclette

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

I never thought to have broccoli and cauliflower raw in salads until I saw this. Now I'm smitten. They works so well - love the crunch.

Marisa

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

This is just the salad recipe I was searching for our family gathering. Too many aren't veggie eaters, but this recipe had them returning for seconds. The dressing was perfect for the veggie combination and since the recipe was such a hit, I'm making it for Independence Day.

Molly Kumar

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

Such a delicious salad recipe! I love the crunch it has from cauliflower and broccoli. The bacon and other veggies goes perfectly here.

Sue

Wednesday 19th of June 2024

This is so colorful. I make a lot of prepared salads in the summer so the days I don't do much cooking. Definitely making this one!

Nancy Scholl

Thursday 17th of August 2023

Thought it lacked flavor in the dressing. Don’t think I’ll make again.