Amish Broccoli Salad with Cauliflower and Bacon

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This Amish Broccoli Salad is an old-fashioned and delicious salad recipe! It is packed with tangy flavors, raw veggies, and a creamy, sweet dressing that tastes amazing.

Amish cooking is known for simple, hearty dishes that use fresh ingredients – which perfectly describes this salad. Although this is called broccoli salad, it is really a broccoli cauliflower salad, filled with lots of raw broccoli and cauliflower that make it crunchy.

The addition of cauliflower and the rich sweet dressing makes this different from most classic broccoli salads. Pile on a bunch of cheddar cheese and bacon, and you have a salad that’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection!

Not only is this salad easy to make, but it’s also a crowd-pleaser perfect for any occasion. It is ideal for summer cookouts, potlucks, or holiday meals. And it’s a great make-ahead addition to a weeknight dinner.

Looking for more salad ideas? Try blue cheese coleslaw, Caprese salad, or potato salad!

🥦Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • fresh broccoli
  • fresh cauliflower
  • mayonnaise
  • apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • sugar
  • salt
  • cooked bacon
  • cheddar cheese
Amish brococli salad ingredients.

🥣How to Make Amish Broccoli Salad

  1. Dice veggies – Clean and cut the broccoli and cauliflower into bite-size pieces.
  2. Make dressing – Mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.
combining the broccoli and cauliflower.
Cut the veggies
Mixing the dressing.
Make the dressing
  1. Combine – Pour it over the broccoli mixture and stir until the veggies are coated. Stir in the cheddar cheese.
  2. Refrigerate – Refrigerate the Amish broccoli salad for about an hour to let the flavors blend. Crumble the bacon into bacon bits and add it right before serving.
pouring the dressing.
Add the dressing
adding the cheese.
Add the cheese

🍴Serving Ideas

This is a perfect summer side dish for a picnic or cookout. I love to serve it as a side dish to grilled chicken or burgers. Add some lime Jello salad or corn on the cob to finish off the meal!

But it doesn’t just have to be for summer! It is a fabulous salad for the holiday season too. Serve it for Thanksgiving dinner, or anytime you want to add some healthy broccoli and cauliflower to the table in a kid-friendly way.

💭How to Store

Store Amish broccoli salad in the fridge in an airtight container. It will keep for 3-4 days. I don’t recommend freezing it.

piece of broccoli from Amish broccoli salad on a fork.

⭐Tips and Variations

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Keep the size of the cauliflower or broccoli florets manageable.
  • Make the bacon ahead of time or save some extra when you make bacon for breakfast.
  • This salad is best served cold, so refrigerate it for an hour before serving.
  • The sweetness of the salad is one of its defining characteristics. But if you aren’t a fan of a sweeter dressing, reduce the amount of sugar by half.
  • If you want additional ingredients in the salad, stir in some dried cranberries, raisins, or green onion. Sunflower seeds or pepitas make it extra crunchy.

📝FAQ

Why use raw broccoli and cauliflower in this salad?

Using raw vegetables is what gives the salad a nice crunch. Even if you aren’t a fan of broccoli raw, you might be surprised at how good it tastes. The creamy dressing coats them and gives you nice crisp broccoli and cauliflower.

Can I make this with frozen broccoli and cauliflower?

No, frozen vegetables wouldn’t have the crunchy texture needed for this dish.

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bowl of Amish broccoli salad.
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Amish Broccoli Salad Recipe

Published By Anne
In this delicious Amish Broccoli Salad, raw broccoli and cauliflower are coated with a creamy dressing with cheese and bacon on top.
Prep Time10 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 slices bacon cooked

Instructions

  • Dice the broccoli and cauliflower into bite-size pieces and combine them in a large bowl.
    1 head broccoli, 1 head cauliflower
  • Mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and salt in a separate bowl. Whisk until well combined.
    1 cup mayonnaise, 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pour the dressing over the veggies and stir to coat them thoroughly with the mixture. Add the cheese and stir to mix.
    1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Refrigerate for about an hour before serving. This allows the flavors to blend together.
  • Crumble the bacon and add it right before serving, so it stays crispy.
    8 slices bacon

Notes

  • Keep the size of the cauliflower or broccoli florets manageable.
  • The sweetness of the salad is one of its defining characteristics. But if you aren’t a fan of a sweeter dressing, reduce the amount of sugar to 1/4 cup.
Possible additional ingredients to add:
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Green onions
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 502mg | Potassium: 345mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 428IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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5 thoughts on “Amish Broccoli Salad with Cauliflower and Bacon”

  1. 5 stars
    Raw broccoli and cauliflower are delightful. I love that they are the base for this salad with so many great flavors and textures. Yum. Looks absolutely amazing.

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  2. 5 stars
    This is such a great salad! It’s so simple but at the same time delish! Loved the bacon in it and the well balanced dressing. yum!

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  3. 5 stars
    I had never tried raw broccoli and cauliflower in a salad but I totally loved it. It save the blanching time and we loved the crunch that these raw veggies added.

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