Crunchy yet chewy; sweet and smokey, I feel like Goldilocks when I eat this cauliflower broccoli salad because it has just the right amount of everything. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself making and eating this salad on repeat!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad
Broccoli Salad has long been a go-to side dish of mine. So, when I moved to the midwest and was introduced to Broccoli Cauliflower Salad, I was baffled that I had never tried it before. I didn’t even know it was a thing.
But it makes so much sense and tastes amazing. The super crunchy mild cauliflower and fresh broccoli get coated with the smokey and sweet dressing and become so tasty.
Dare I say that I might now prefer a broccoli and cauliflower salad to traditional broccoli salads?? The combination is irresistible.
Not to mention the dressing with just a touch of bacon grease blends beautifully with the other ingredients. It gives the entire salad an ever-so-slight hint of smoke.
Whenever possible I like to use a mix of different raisins in recipes that call for regular raisins. It adds a bit of interest and a slightly different flavor as well. For this salad, I used a combination of golden raisins and regular raisins. There are several brands that sell packages of “mixed raisins” as well.
Cauliflower Broccoli Salad
Bite-sized pieces of broccoli and cauliflower are best. You can get all the flavors and textures in just one forkful – the crunch, the sweet, the smokey, and tangy. There’s no doubt that you will find yourself eating more than one bite though.
I only had broccoli crowns on hand so I didn’t include matchsticks when I made it this time. But I would typically cut up Broccoli matchsticks to give extra crunch and flavor to the salad.
Broccoli matchsticks are made by peeling the long stem. Using a sharp chef’s knife, slice the stem into rounds and then small matchstick-sized pieces.
You can toss broccoli matchsticks into so many dishes. Tucking them in stir fries and slaws is another one of my kitchen secrets. I am all about any way I can reduce food waste in my kitchen.
For something a little different and to change things up, I have seen people add cheddar cheese or dried cranberries instead of raisins. A salty sprinkle of sunflower seeds gives a tasty crunch to a broccoli cauliflower salad as well.
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe
You will need the following ingredients to make this salad:
- broccoli cut into small florets and matchsticks
- raisins mixed, golden, or regular
- red onion
- bacon grease
- white sugar
- white vinegar
NOTE: While the bacon grease in the dressing is technically optional, I highly recommend trying the recipe as it is written. It adds just a hint of smokiness to the dressing and carries the bacon flavor through the dish without piling too much bacon into the salad. (Though really? Is there such a thing as too much bacon?)
Invariably 8 ounces of bacon turns into 10 or 12 ounces when I make this as you can bet the two-legged kitchen gremlins will be stealing the bacon from the counter.
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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
- 3 cups broccoli cut into small florets and matchsticks
- 3 cups cauliflower cut into small florets
- 1 cup raisins mixed, golden, or regular
- ¼ cup red onion diced small
- 8 ounces bacon cooked, drained, crumbled
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons warm bacon grease optional
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- Combine the broccoli, cauliflower, raisins, red onion, and bacon in a large mixing bowl.
- In a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, combine the mayonnaise, bacon grease (if desired), sugar, and vinegar. Whisk or stir until smooth. Pour the dressing over the ingredients in the bowl and toss well to coat.
- Refrigerate for an hour or two before serving to allow the flavors to mingle. This will keep nicely for 2-3 days. Stir well before serving.