A Different Summer Salad – Cauliflower Broccoli Salad


Yesterday, I introduced you to a talented and passionate teacher, Mrs. Barbara Shidler. Barbara was our guest on episode 11 of the Real Life, Real Passion podcast. We talked about her passion for teaching and for music, and why it’s important to just love people. We also talked about setting priorities and putting first things first. Today, she shares a recipe for a different summer salad: Cauliflower Broccoli Salad.

Deli Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

To support her love of teaching, Barbara works at the local grocery store Ridley’s. In 2004, the grocery store wasn’t Ridley’s yet, it was the Hyrum Thriftway. In the deli, they made and served this salad.

Barbara likes to make this when she wants something a little different than the traditional side dish. She recommends letting this recipe chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving, as she finds that it tastes better when the salad has a chance to sit first.

Cauliflower Broccoli Salad
Author: Barbara Shidler
  • 1 head cauliflower (or so) cut into pieces
  • 1 bunch broccoli (or so) cut into pieces
  • 2 cups red grapes cut into quarters
  • 6 green onions diced
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar
  • 6 strips bacon cooked, and crumbled
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the cauliflower, broccoli, grapes, and green onions. Mix.

  2. In a separate bowl whisk the mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar until a smooth consistency.

  3. Pour the mayonnaise mixture over the cauliflower mixture and add the mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and the bacon. Stir until the dressing is evenly incorporated.

  4. Cover and refrigerate a few hours before serving.


Recipes like this are so versatile, you can mix an match the ingredients anything you want or have on hand. Instead of cauliflower you could use all broccoli. Instead of grapes you could use dried cranberries. Add in sunflower seeds or pecans for some extra crunch or red onion for a bit of spicy flavor. Use this recipe as a base and have fun with it!

This is a good recipe for pot lucks or for a busy weeknight because it can be made in advance and hang out in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve it.


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One thought on “A Different Summer Salad – Cauliflower Broccoli Salad

  1. I have almost this exact recipe minus the cauliflower. It is a huge family favorite every summer! Always a crowd pleaser at any BBQ!