February 18, 2020

Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing, making each bite of this salad supremely satisfying.

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Radishes are superfood and we make radish recipes quite often, like our most popular Cucumber Radish Salad, Tomato Cucumber Radish Salad or this healthy Lettuce Radish Salad. They are perfect for summer BBQs or potlucks and always get rave reviews.

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

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Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Recipe:

This salad is hearty and loaded with the very best and simple ingredients. It’s the perfect creamy, fresh and crunchy side dish recipe to just about any dinner meal and so great for potlucks and parties.

It’s also great for summer lunches, BBQs and is absolutely holiday-worthy! Serving it cold is what makes this dish so refreshing!

Broccoli salad is one of our go-to crunchy side dish recipes, right next to our all-time favorite Broccoli Cauliflower Cucumber Salad. It’s made with fresh broccoli and cauliflower florets, cucumbers, radishes, green onions and fresh dill.

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It’s all tossed and coated with a rich and creamy easy Greek Yogurt dressing. Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is super quick and you will enjoy it all year long.

Ingredients for Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:

We love that the entire salad can be prepped ahead of time for simple family dinners or larger parties. Just before serving, toss to coat the salad with the dressing or a half serving for smaller crowds.

The list of ingredients is so simple and the whole salad is super easy to make. I love using my Mandoline slicer for slicing cucumbers and radishes; it saves a lot of time.

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

  • Broccoli florets – only use fresh broccoli here. When chopping, cut down to smaller florets, about 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Cauliflower florets – use fresh cauliflower. Same as broccoli, cut down to smaller florets, about 1/2-inch pieces.
  • Cucumbers – I like to use smaller cucumbers to bring out their very best cucumber taste, but you can substitute for an English cucumber if preferred.
  • Radishes – smaller radishes are preferred so they can easily be halved. Very often non-organic radishes are less spicy and/or zesty than organic radishes.
  • Green onions – we love green onions in salads, but they can be substituted for fresh chives if preferred.
  • Fresh dill – finely chop dill to release its dill aroma, making this dish the very best you will ever taste!
  • Real mayonnaise – use the best quality of real mayonnaise for best flavor. Adding generous amount of it makes this side dish super delicious.
  • 2% Low-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt – adds the perfect rich flavor and creamy texture. It can be replaced for equal amount of sour cream, but yogurt does not run off as quickly. 
  • Fine salt – you may not need as much as it depends on the type of mayo you are using. Mayo has salt in it and sometimes you only need a teensy of salt to make this salad taste just right to perfection.

How to Make Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:

This dish really requires very little effort, especially with the help of mandolin to slice cucumbers and radishes.

  • Cut broccoli and cauliflower into small florets. 
  • Halve and thinly slice cucumbers and radishes. 
  • Finely chop fresh onions and dill.
  • Make the dressing by combining real mayonnaise, plain Greek yogurt and fine salt.
  • Toss the salad to coat in dressing just before serving.

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

Is Broccoli Healthy?

Broccoli is one of the healthiest green vegetables. It’s low in calorie, low carb vegetable and comes with many health benefits and important nutrients. 

  • High in fiber and folate
  • Rich in Vitamins (K, C and A)
  • Great source of Vitamin B6 and Manganese

Can I Substitute the Greek Yogurt?

This dressing is really simple with only 3 ingredients. If you don’t have Greek yogurt on hand (most people usually don’t), you can substitute it with the equal amount of sour cream.

You can also use all-sour-cream for the whole salad, removing the mayo completely. If using sour cream only, you might add a bit more salt as mayo is salty in general and with sour cream you need salt to avoid bland results of this salad.

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

Is Broccoli Salad a Make Ahead Recipe?

This salad is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time. Because all the ingredients stay nice and fresh once refrigerated, it can be prepped a day in advance.

Chop or slice all of the salad ingredients and arrange them in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together mayo, yogurt and salt to make the dressing. Stir to coat the salad with dressing just before serving.

More Crisp and Crunchy Salad Recipes:

We love crunchy, crisp and creamy salads around here and they always make the perfect quick and easy side dish. Each of these recipes take less than 15 minutes to make. 

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

How Long Will Broccoli Salad Keep?

Broccoli salad will keep for 2-3 days in refrigerator without dressing. Longer than that, the radish tends to get bitter. The vegetables in this recipe refrigerate nicely and stay fresh for few days without becoming watery.

Can You Eat Raw Broccoli?

You do not need to cook broccoli in this recipe. In fact, eating broccoli raw is more nutritious. We prefer the crunchiness and vibrant color it adds to this salad. Smaller florets are easier to chew and so satisfying with each bite.

This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

Helpful Tips and Substitutions: 

  • Replace cauliflower for broccoli only, by doubling the broccoli amount in the recipe.
  • Substitute green onions for fresh chives and add some fresh Italian parsley.
  • Replace plain Greek yogurt for sour cream or do all-sour-cream dressing and remove the mayo completely.
  • Add in some dried cranberries for sweet and tangy flavor, toasted sunflower seeds or toasted nuts for even more crunch.
  • Substitute radishes for rutabaga; both are zesty and spicy and very similar in taste. Insert coarse blade into Mandoline slicer and thinly slice peeled rutabaga.
This easy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing. #salad #olgainthekitchen #sidedish #broccoli #broccolisalad #healthy #summer

Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

5 from 4 votes
Servings: 8 people
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This easy and healthy-ish Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Salad recipe is loaded with crisp and crunchy cucumbers, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower florets and fresh herbs. Tossed and coated with simple 3-ingredient Greek yogurt dressing, making each bite of this salad supremely satisfying.

Ingredients

  • 4 small cucumbers
  • 2 small broccoli heads
  • 1 medium cauliflower head
  • 1 bunch fresh radishes (11-12 radishes)
  • 1/4 cup fresh green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped (or 1 bunch)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (preferably real)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt - or to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash all vegetables & paper towel pat dry. Cut broccoli into small florets. 

  2. Remove and discard cauliflower core and cut the rest into small florets, similar to broccoli.

  3. Thinly slice halved cucumbers and radishes. Finely chop green onions and fresh dill. Add to the salad.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1 tsp fine salt. Add dressing to the salad and toss well to combine, just before serving.

  5. Broccoli salad will stay nice and fresh for 2-3 days in refrigerator without the dressing.

Recipe Notes

  • This salad can be made ahead of time in full. Keep dressing in separate bowl and stir into salad just before serving. 
  • Replace cauliflower for broccoli only, by doubling the broccoli amount in the recipe.
  • Substitute green onions for fresh chives and add some fresh Italian parsley.
  • Replace Greek yogurt for sour cream or do all-sour-cream dressing and remove the mayo completely. Add more salt if necessary. 
  • Add in some dried cranberries for sweet and tangy flavor, toasted sunflower seeds or toasted nuts for even more crunch.
  • Substitute radishes for rutabaga; both are zesty and spicy and very similar in taste. Peel and thinly slice rutabaga into matchsticks onto mandolin.

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