super crunch salad

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Who doesn’t love a super crunchy, veggie-loaded salad with sharp, tangy cheese and creamy dressing? This boasts all of these qualities and is, hands down, one of my absolute favorite salads. What’s more, this salad was created by me. It’s unique. So when you make it, chances are, there won’t be ten more at the picnic or potluck your attending. Warning: Everyone will mob you, so be prepared to share the recipe.

for the salad:

1 head cauliflower, stem and leaves removed, chopped into 1 inch pieces

3 cups small broccoli florets

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated

10 oz. grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered

1/3 to 1/2 cup finely chopped red/purple onion

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Place all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Gently toss to evenly combine.

for the dressing:

1 cup real mayonnaise

1/2 cup powdered (not grated) Parmesan cheese (such as Kraft)

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons spicy pickle relish (I used the Pain Is Good brand)

2 Tablespoons prepared Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon regular or smoked paprika

Mix all dressing ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, using a wire whisk, until smooth. Pour dressing over salad. Toss to combine. Cover salad and refrigerate until ready to serve. Once ready to serve, wash and chop up one Romaine lettuce heart into bite sized pieces. Toss lettuce with rest of salad. Garnish with snipped, fresh chives, if you wish.



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  16 comments for “super crunch salad

  1. May 22, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    gorgeous picture! Looks delicious 🙂

    • Melissa
      May 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thank you! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Denise
    June 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I have tried your recipe. It was very tasty. I found it to sweet for my taste. So the next time I make it I will cut the sugar in half… I added some lime juice to cut the sweetness.
    I could not find spicy relish here in Canada, so I made adjustments and a few drops of hot sauce…

    • Melissa
      June 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      so glad you liked it, Denise 🙂 thanks for stopping by to comment. xo

  3. P.A.F.
    June 12, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Looks yummy. Will try soon with modifications…
    Yogurt in place of mayo, mix spicy relish from scratch, reduce or eliminate sugar… modified for personal preferences & health reasons.

    • Melissa
      June 13, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      enjoy! 🙂

  4. Shirley
    August 20, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I tried it this week and it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa
      August 20, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe, Shirley! Thanks for visiting, and thanks for trying my recipe 🙂 XO ~M

  5. Donna Keller
    May 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    Made this for a potluck at work. It was a big hit. Someone even asked for the recipe.

    • Melissa
      May 7, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Donna! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! thanks for letting me know 🙂

  6. Monica
    July 13, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    How many servings would you say this makes? Ten?

    • Melissa
      July 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

      8 to 10 🙂

  7. Andrea
    December 18, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Can I make this the day before?

    • Melissa
      December 21, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Sure, just don’t mix lettuce in until before serving. 🙂

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