Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Lemon Dressing

This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

Crazy thing is – this broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including the dressing!). Besides the amazing flayva, what I love most about this salad is the “make-ahead” factor. This salad is just as good (if not better) after it’s been in the fridge melding with the dressing overnight.

So if you’re cooking up a storm for dinner, remember that you can make this salad the day before to take some pressure off. This Broccoli cranberry salad is so easy to put together and the flavors and textures just work; crisp, crunchy, chewy. Party in ‘ma mouth!

One of my readers, Margarita Storchevoy, wrote in with this Christmas salad recipe and said it was one of her favorite recipes for the holidays. That same day we bought the ingredients and recreated it; love at first bite!

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I then made it for my sister-in-law, Nadia’s Christmas dinner and again on Christmas Eve at my Parent’s house. Rave reviews from everyone! Nadia requested the recipe the very next day. It’s a winner, my friends #forserious. Y’all need to try it for New Years!

Watch How to Make Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:

Ingredients for Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:

1 medium head of broccoli
1 medium head of cauliflower
3/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins)
1/2 cup pine nuts or almond slices, toasted on a dry skillet until golden
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
1/2 cup real mayonnaise

This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

How to make Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:

1. Cut broccoli into small florets. I peel the stems then dice them and add them to the salad also (no waste!). Cut the cauliflower into small pieces also. This process is made razor fast when you have a food chopper (like this Vidalia chop wizard that we use). Transfer to a large mixing bowl along with cranberries and toasted pine nuts.

This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

2. Stir together 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup mayo until smooth.

This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

3. Add dressing to the salad to taste (I put all of it in) and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

 

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with Creamy Honey Lemon Dressing

5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!
This broccoli cauliflower salad can be made ahead. It's just as good (if not better) after it's been in the fridge melding with the dressing overnight.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$11 (if using pine nuts)
Servings: 6 -8 as a side

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of broccoli
  • 1 medium head of cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries craisins
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts or almond slices toasted on a dry skillet until golden
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup real mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. How to make Broccoli Cauliflower Salad:
  2. Cut broccoli into small florets. I peel the stems then dice them and add them to the salad also (no waste!). Cut the cauliflower into small pieces also. Transfer to a large mixing bowl along with cranberries and toasted pine nuts.
  3. Stir together 2 Tbsp honey, 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 cup mayo until smooth.
  4. Add dressing to the salad to taste (I put all of it in) and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

Easy Peasy! I hope you have a happy and blessed New Year’s!

 

This broccoli cauliflower salad only has 7 ingredients (including dressing!). Delicious winter salad/ Christmas salad and can be made in advance - it's perfect for parties!

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  • LaurenT
    July 15, 2018

    Just made my 2nd batch. I used Greek yogurt as it’s what was on hand, bumped up the honey a bit, and my taste-testers here at our summer place like it as is. Used slivered almonds because we are in Upper Nowhere and that’s what ya get! But I added some fresh lemon basil from my potted herb garden. Amazing!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 16, 2018

      Thank you for sharing your healthier version with us! That sounds sooo good! Reply

  • Victoria
    June 26, 2018

    All my guests love this salad! The dressing goes exceptionally well with this salad! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Brittanie
    May 7, 2018

    How soon should you eat this salad? Does it taste good a few days later? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2018

      Hi Brittanie, I have made it ahead with good results but I do think it is best fresh or eaten within a couple of days after it is made. Reply

  • Debbie
    April 5, 2018

    Hi Natasha! I was wondering if you think adding chicken to this salad would be a good addition, or should I just leave it on the side? 🙂 Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 5, 2018

      Hi Debbie, we usually just serve the meat on the side but I think diced chicken might work nicely here 🙂 Reply

      • Debbie
        April 6, 2018

        Thank you! I think this sounds so yummy and would be a great salad to take to work. I’m going to give it a try with the diced chicken. 🙂 Reply

  • Vickie Hamel
    February 13, 2018

    Thank you for sharing
    I will make it tonight Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2018

      My pleasure Vickie! Please let me know what you think! Reply

  • Anne Kellner
    December 25, 2017

    Hi, I was wondering if I need to steam the broccoli and cauliflower for a little bit.

    thank you, can’t wait to try it. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 26, 2017

      Hi Anne, we add the broccoli and cauliflower raw because we love the crunch 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    November 21, 2017

    Made this salad to bring as part of our Thanksgiving potluck at work this week and we all really enjoyed it!
    Thank you for sharing this simple and tasty salad!! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 21, 2017

      You’re welcome Olga! I’m happy to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thanks for sharing your wonderful review! Reply

  • Shelley Brown
    July 9, 2017

    I ended up with too much broccoli/cauliflower mix and not enough mayo to make more dressing. Used non-fat plain Greek yogurt, increased honey to 3 to 4T -preferred this mixture to the mayo😋 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 10, 2017

      Thanks for sharing your healthier substitution! Reply

  • May 27, 2017

    Love all your recipe, always want to eat healthy food, but I have no imaginations in food combinations. I think I can eat healthier with your recipes, thank you for sharing Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 28, 2017

      You’re welcome Elsa! Please let me know what you think of the recipes! 🙂 Reply

  • Kristina
    May 7, 2017

    I just made this salad with pecans and added green apple, onion and blue cheese. I know it may sound a little odd but it is fantastic!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 7, 2017

      Kristina, thank you for the wonderful review, I’m so glad you love it 😀 Reply

      • jan goyer
        October 11, 2017

        would love this salad recipe Reply

    • Sandy LaPera
      April 23, 2018

      Did you omit the mayo dressing and replace it with the blue cheese or just add blue cheese crumbles to this? Reply

  • Rachel Elledge
    May 2, 2017

    Do you have a carb. count on this salad? It looks wonderful but I am a diabetic and have to watch my carb. Honey is ok. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 3, 2017

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Rachel! Reply

  • CK
    May 1, 2017

    Am anxious to try this. Any suggestions for a substitute for the almonds? (Can’t use nuts or sunflower seeds due to food allergies.) Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 1, 2017

      Hi CK, you could just omit the nuts and the salad would still taste good. You might also check out my other very popular broccoli salad recipe for inspiration (it does have pecans which can easily be omitted as well). Reply

  • Polly
    February 26, 2017

    Hi,
    I am making this salad in a few days. It sounds simply delicious. Wondering if the saladcan be made the night before? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 27, 2017

      Hi Polly, Refrigerating this particular salad will still taste great the next day! I hope you love it! (sorry I told you wrong before – I was thinking of a different cauliflower salad)!! :-O Reply

      • Michelle
        March 25, 2017

        However at the introduction of this recipe you claim it is even better made the night before and letting the flavours meld together. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 27, 2017

          Oh snap! You’re right, I was thinking of a different salad! Thank you Michelle!! Reply

  • Marilyn
    January 21, 2017

    Hi, crispy bacon and red onion makes a nice addition to this recipe, enjoy. M. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 21, 2017

      Mmmm, that does sound good Marilyn! Thank you 🙂 Reply

  • Nina
    November 25, 2016

    Natasha Thanks for this super salad we enjoyed it today, and it was soooo good. My kids were happy as they sea it here. We love your kitchen………Blessing to your family. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 25, 2016

      Nina, thank you for such a nice review! Blessings to you and your family as well 😀. Reply

  • Kim
    November 21, 2016

    Hi Natasha, I never ate raw cauliflower and broccoli before. Then I found this salad and decided give it a go because I trusted your recipes. Omg! You know what? It was so delicious! I substituted raisin for craisin. Thanks for your hard work! I really love your food blog ❤ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 21, 2016

      Kim, thank you for another rave review and you are very welcome 😀. You never know if you like something unless you give it a try 😬. Reply

  • Eunice Ann Bartido
    June 21, 2016

    Silly question…but are the broccoli and cauliflower raw? Not cook? When put in the salad? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 21, 2016

      It’s a great question! Yes they are both raw/un-cooked 🙂 Reply

  • Angie
    January 20, 2016

    This salad was introduced to me by a friend and I fell in love with its simple yet delicious taste! It’s now a favorite in my recipe collection! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 20, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome review 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana
    January 16, 2016

    I made this salad for Ukrainian Christmas. Everybody liked it. Even my mom-in-law who hates nuts of any kind. But she loved pine nuts because they were so soft. Thanks for sharing it!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 16, 2016

      Oksana, thank you for such a nice review and you are welcome 😃. Reply

  • Angie
    January 4, 2016

    I made this salad for our new years dinner and everyone loved it! The leftovers the next day were just as good! Great recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Angie, thank you for the nice review. I’m happy to hear that everyone loved it 😁. Reply

  • January 4, 2016

    Yum!! Delicious and so easy too. Pinned! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Thank you so much for pinning 😀. Reply

  • January 3, 2016

    This is a very nice recipe i have that is kind of like this but in a wrap, you can see it at http://svetasrecipes.com Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Sveta, I love the idea of putting it in a wrap. Thanks for sharing that with me. Reply

  • Saire
    January 3, 2016

    Hi. Is there anyway to get the nutritional information on your recipes? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Hi Saire, I don’t typically include calorie counts, but if you go to caloriecount.com you can plug in the ingredients and servings and figured out pretty easily that way. I hope that helps! Reply

  • Maya
    January 3, 2016

    Hi Natasha! This sounds delicious. I was wondering how this salad would taste without the honey. I want to make it without any sweetener (except for what’s in the craisins), but I would hate to try it & end up not wanting to eat it. What do you think? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Hi Maya, I haven’t tried it without honey so I’m not sure if the dressing would be very good without it since it does add really good flavor. Reply

  • Esther Mozo
    January 1, 2016

    Hi Natasha! I love all your salads and my success with your other salads makes me want to try this one also. If you tell me it’s good, then I believe you. No doubts there. My one question: should the broccoli and cauliflower be parboiled or steamed first? Thanks in advance! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 1, 2016

      HI Esther, yes I do love this salad and had ALOT of it over the holidays :). No need to steam or parboil. Just use it raw. The crunch from them is nice in the salad 🙂 Reply

  • Marina
    December 31, 2015

    I just finished making this for tonight’s New Year celebration. I can’t stop eating it, it’s so good. I love broccoli salads and this one didn’t disappoint. Thank you for sharing. 5 stars. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 31, 2015

      Marina, thank you for such a nice review and you are welcome 😁. Reply

  • December 30, 2015

    This salad looks wonderful! Yet another awesome creation by Natasha. 🙂

    By the way, any kind of pine nuts can cause bitter taste in the mouth for a few days, like Ziz’ka mentioned, if consumed in large quantities. But one would need to eat at least 1/2 cup to experience that. I’ve had it couple of times already. 🙂 🙂 🙂 BIG FAN. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 30, 2015

      I definitely learned something new about pine nuts! That is so crazy! Thanks for sharing that. It’s a good thing pine nuts are spendy so it’s less tempting to indulge in them :), although I do love them! Reply

  • Ziz'ka
    December 30, 2015

    Thank you for this recipe. Definitely will make one for one of my parties. By the way be careful with pine nuts. If you eat too many pine nuts then you lose tasting sense for a week… (from my own experience) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 30, 2015

      Wow I’ve never heard that before! I did a little google researching and some sources say that it has to do with pine nuts from China? One person mentioned the experience after buying pine nuts from the bins at Winco – weird, while they had no problems with Costco pine nuts. Very interesting! I guess it’s good you can use almonds instead 🙂 Reply

  • December 29, 2015

    What a yummy looking recipe from Margarita – thanks for sharing! This would make a delicious lunch this week! 😀 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 29, 2015

      Thanks Roxana! 🙂 Reply

  • December 29, 2015

    Look so delicious that I wouldn’t mind it being good for me!

    Happy 2016, Natasha! xo Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 29, 2015

      Ha ha! I completely agree! 🙂 thank you and I hope you also have a wonderful 2016! Reply

  • Nina
    December 29, 2015

    I add pomegranate seeds instead of cranberries, works great, and gives this “sourness” flavor, which balances off the sweet dressing. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 29, 2015

      That sounds great and I bet it is beautiful in the bowl with pomegranate seeds! Thanks for sharing that with me! Reply

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