Amish Broccoli Salad
If I were to describe this Amish broccoli salad recipe, I would say it is a refreshingly cool, creamy, crunchy, sweet, tangy, and oh-so-delicious salad side dish!
Broccoli and cauliflower salad is loaded with fresh raw veggies, savory bacon, cheese, and a homemade sweet and tangy salad dressing. This is the best, easy recipe for Amish broccoli salad!
I am in love with it! Give me a big bowl of broccoli cauliflower salad for lunch, and I don't need anything else. It's a perfect summer side dish for barbecues, picnics, potlucks, or family gatherings. Creamy broccoli salad is one of those side dishes that goes great with many different meat entrees.
My oldest son loves Amish broccoli salad as well. And between the two of us, we can about finish off a whole bowl of this Amish salad with broccoli and cauliflower in one meal.
Amish Cauliflower Broccoli Salad
It is recommended that adults eat two to three cups of vegetables every day. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need, but many of us struggle to consume enough healthy vegetables.
So I am always looking for ways to incorporate extra vegetables into our meals, and eating this broccoli salad is a great way to enjoy a serving or two of veggies.
Let's discuss what each ingredient adds to this yummy broccoli side dish:
- Chopped Broccoli, the star of the dish, brings a fresh and crisp texture to the salad. It has a mildly bitter taste that pairs well with the creamy dressing and other ingredients. Broccoli is also rich in vitamins and adds a nutritional element to the dish.
- Chopped Cauliflower contributes a mild and slightly nutty flavor to the salad. Like broccoli, it adds a crisp texture and complements the other ingredients in the dish.
- Cubed Cheese adds a creamy and cheesy element to the salad. It provides richness and depth of flavor. You can choose a cheese variety that you enjoy, such as Cheddar, Colby jack, or Mozzarella. (If desired, you can use shredded cheese instead.)
- Miracle Whip is a type of salad dressing with a tangy and slightly sweet flavor. It serves as the base for the salad dressing in your recipe. It adds creaminess and a unique flavor profile to the dish.
- Sugar adds sweetness to balance the tanginess of the Miracle Whip and the acidity of the vinegar. It enhances the overall flavor of the salad dressing.
- White Vinegar provides acidity to the dressing, giving it a bright and zesty flavor. It helps balance the richness of the Miracle Whip and complements the sweetness of the sugar. (I like white vinegar, but apple cider vinegar works as well.)
- Salt is a crucial seasoning that enhances the overall taste of the salad. It helps bring out the flavors of the other ingredients and adds a savory element.
- Dried Onion Flakes or Diced Red Onion contribute a savory and slightly pungent flavor to the salad. Whether you use dried onion flakes or fresh diced onion, they add a nice flavor and depth to the dish.
Combining these ingredients creates a well-balanced salad with a mix of flavors, textures, and nutritional elements. The vegetables, creamy dressing, and smoky bacon come together to make a tasty and satisfying dish.
Chopping Broccoli and Cauliflower for Salad
Broccoli and cauliflower salad is easy to make. And the only thing that takes much time is chopping up your vegetables.
There are several options if you want to save time in preparing this salad. You can buy packages of pre-washed and cut cauliflower and fresh broccoli florets. Some of the pieces are pretty big, but you can give them a quick dice or two. Or you can use a salad chopper if you like pretty small pieces.
I don't like huge chunks in my broccoli cauliflower salad, but I don't like it too fine either. However, it doesn't matter if the pieces are not all uniform. Use a sharp knife (affiliate link) and cut the veggies to suit your taste.
Some people prefer using just the broccoli crowns and not the stems, but I like the stems too. The outside part can be stringy and hard, but if you peel off the outside, you are left with the tender inside that has a great flavor. I cut the stems into small pieces and toss them into the salad as well.
Pre-cooking and Freezing Bacon Saves on Meal Prep Time
I always keep cooked and crumbled bacon pieces in my freezer. It's so nice to have fried bacon handy for throwing into dishes, or for whenever I wanna make homemade chicken and bacon pizza.
I buy a big pack of bacon, slice it all into about half-inch pieces, and fry it till crispy. Drain the fat and let it cool on a paper towel-lined plate. Then store it in a quart freezer bag.
It is super handy for making Amish broccoli salad.
How to Make Amish Broccoli Salad
To make this broccoli and cauliflower salad, mix your miracle whip, sugar, vinegar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the chopped onion and crispy bacon, and mix well.
Toss the cheese, chopped broccoli, and cauliflower into the dressing and mix well. At first, it may seem like there's not enough dressing, but after it sits for a while it gets more creamy.
I don't like mine with too much dressing, so I use about a three-fourth cup of Miracle Whip. However, if you like yours very creamy, feel free to add more.
For best results, refrigerate your broccoli salad for at least an hour before serving. It helps to incorporate the flavors. Stir well before serving.
In an airtight container, broccoli salad will last for up to a week in the refrigerator. However, it tastes the best on the first day or two.
Miracle Whip or Mayo??
Due to differences in our taste buds, some of you probably prefer Miracle Whip, and others prefer Mayo.
I usually keep both Miracle Whip and Mayo in my fridge, because some dishes, such as broccoli salad, need Miracle Whip while some others are better with Mayo.
There is a difference. Miracle Whip has a tangy flavor that adds so much depth to Amish broccoli salad. Trust me on this one, you want to use Miracle Whip and not Mayo or some other cheap brand of salad dressing.
However, if you are one of those people who absolutely cannot stand Miracle Whip, then I suppose you can use creamy mayonnaise instead, but it won't be the same 😉 .
And if you prefer a different flavor profile, I suppose you could even replace the Miracle Whip with sour cream or Greek yogurt.
You can use shredded cheese or cut a block of cheese into little chunks. I prefer sharp cheddar or Colby-jack block cheese cut into tiny chunks. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
We used to add raisins to our Amish cauliflower and broccoli salad, but I prefer it without them. However, I know some people enjoy golden raisins, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc. in their broccoli salad. So feel free to add whatever else you think would be good in here.
I hope you enjoy this delicious Amish recipe for broccoli salad as much as I do. It's the best broccoli salad and makes a perfect summer salad or side dish for holiday meals.
If you try this recipe, I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.
Amish Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Recipe
- 1 c. miracle whip
- 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbs. white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. dried onion flakes, or diced onion as desired
- 6-8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
- 4 c. chopped broccoli
- 4 c. chopped cauliflower
- 1/2 - 1 c. cubed cheese
- In a large bowl, mix miracle whip, sugar, vinegar, and salt. Add bacon and onion flakes, mix well.1 c. miracle whip, 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar, 1 1/2 Tbs. white vinegar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. dried onion flakes, or diced onion as desired, 6-8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
- Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small chunks.4 c. chopped broccoli, 4 c. chopped cauliflower
- Toss the broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese into the dressing. Mix well.1/2 - 1 c. cubed cheese
- For best results, refrigerate for at least one hour and stir before serving.