Loaded Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

“Loaded Broccoli Cauliflower Salad” is a vibrant and hearty dish that combines the crisp, refreshing flavors of broccoli and cauliflower with a medley of delicious additions to create a colorful and nutritious salad. The recipe features fresh broccoli and cauliflower as the base, both chopped into bite-sized florets, providing a crunchy texture and a mild, slightly sweet flavor. These are complemented by an array of ingredients that add depth and richness to the salad.

The salad includes crispy bacon, cooked to a perfect golden-brown, adding a savory, smoky element. Sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes, contributes a creamy and tangy taste, which pairs beautifully with the vegetables. For a sweet contrast, the salad incorporates juicy cherry tomatoes, sliced in half, adding a pop of color and a burst of freshness. Red onion, finely chopped, adds a slight piquant edge, balancing the other flavors.

The dressing for the salad is a creamy, tangy mixture that coats the vegetables beautifully, enhancing their natural flavors. It’s made with a base of mayonnaise and sour cream, seasoned with a blend of spices, and sometimes a hint of garlic, lending a rich and smooth texture that complements the crispness of the vegetables.

To add a crunchy contrast, the salad is garnished with sunflower seeds or chopped nuts, which provide a nutty flavor and a delightful crunch. Fresh herbs, like dill or parsley, are sprinkled on top for a burst of freshness and color.

This Loaded Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is often enjoyed as a side dish at barbecues, potlucks, or picnics, where its creamy, crunchy, and savory profile makes it a popular choice. It’s also a versatile recipe, allowing for variations like adding dried cranberries for sweetness or swapping out the bacon for a vegetarian protein, making it adaptable to different dietary preferences.


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoons Swerve, or other sweetener
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups raw broccoli
  • 3 cups raw cauliflower
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • ½ cup raw pecan pieces


  1. In a bowl add the mayonnaise, Swerve and apple cider vinegar. Whisk to combine.
  2. In a large bowl add the dressing and all the other ingredients and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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