Amish Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
If I were to describe this broccoli cauliflower salad recipe, I would say it is refreshingly cool, creamy, crunchy, sweet, tangy, and oh so delicious! Broccoli and cauliflower salad is loaded with fresh veggies, bacon, and cheese. And this recipe for Amish broccoli and cauliflower salad is the best!
Broccoli salad can be served as a side dish with many different meat entrees, or it can be your main dish for lunch. I am in love with broccoli Amish salad. And when I have a big bowl of this for lunch, I don’t need anything else.
My oldest son loves this Amish broccoli salad as well. And between the two of us, we can about finish off this whole batch in one meal.
Amish Cauliflower Broccoli Salad
It is recommended that adults should eat two to three cups of vegetables every day. Because 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 more vegetables into our meals, and eating this broccoli salad is a great way to enjoy a serving or two of veggies.
Recipe for Amish Broccoli 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 the packages of pre-washed and cut broccoli and cauliflower. 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. Although it doesn’t matter if the pieces are not all uniform. Just cut the veggies to suit your taste.
Some people prefer using just the broccoli crowns and not the stems, but I like the stems. Peel the outside layer off, and the stems are tender and have great flavor. I cut them into small pieces and toss them into the salad as well.
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Pre-cooking and freezing saves on meal prep time
I always keep cooked bacon pieces in my freezer. Because I like to have bacon pieces handy for throwing into dishes or for when I make my 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. Then store it in a quart freezer bag. It is super handy for when I want to make this Amish broccoli salad recipe.
Recipe 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 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 flavor. This dish can also be made the day before, stir well before serving.
Broccoli salad will last for up to a week in the refrigerator, although it tastes the best on the first day or two.
- As a side note… Trust me on this one, you want to use miracle whip and not mayo or some other cheap brand of salad dressing. I usually keep both miracle whip and mayo in my fridge, because some dishes need miracle whip and some need mayo. There is a difference. Miracle whip definitely has a tangy flavor that this broccoli salad needs. But if you are one of those people who absolutely cannot stand miracle whip, then I suppose you can use mayo, but it won’t be the same ;).
- You can use shredded cheese or cut a block of cheese into little chunks. I prefer cheddar or Colby-jack block cheese cut into tiny chunks.
- We used to add raisins, but I prefer it without. Feel free to add raisins, sunflower seeds, or whatever else you desire.
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Amish Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad Recipe
- 4 c. chopped broccoli
- 4 c. chopped cauliflower
- 1/2 – 1 c. cubed cheese
- 6-8 slices cooked and crumbled bacon
- 3/4 – 1 c. miracle whip
- 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbs. white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
- Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small chunks.
- In a large bowl, mix miracle whip, sugar, vinegar, and salt. Add bacon and onion flakes, mix well.
- Toss the broccoli, cauliflower, and cheese into the dressing. Mix well.
- For best results, refrigerate for at least one hour and stir before serving.