Ex-in-law Cauliflower Broccoli Ranch Salad for Future-in-laws

broccoli ranch salad with cauliflower red onion celery peas

I was married once. And just like everything in life, something good can come of a less than ideal situation. For instance, my two ex sisters-in-law, Deb and Sue, are lovely women who served some of the best down-home food from their Midwest kitchen tables. Many of their creations, like Deb’s Broccoli Cauliflower Ranch Salad and Sue’s no-bake Snickers bar recipe, found their way into my arsenal of recipes.

This weekend, my some-day sister-in-law, Betsy, and her family came to visit and we grilled bacon burgers and hot dogs. Broccoli Cauliflower Ranch Salad was the perfect vegetable side dish to serve on a warm summer evening.

In the morning, Gracie and I whipped up fluffy cake batter pancakes and a new-to-us-recipe for ham, cheese, and egg bake made with Stove Top stuffing. (After 10 years with Jason’s family, I think Grace and I are grandfathered in as aunt and niece. Update: we finely married in 2019!) She mastered the “flip” of the pancake so she just might take over the morning spatula when they get back home.

You can make this salad with whichever raw veggies you want. The recipe card that I copied from Deb is fairly vague. I wrote garlic and dill weed but I didn’t write amounts. If you’re not fond of some of the vegetables, just switch them out for something you like. Check your garden before you hit the market.

I tossed in a handful of diced red onion. If you like cashews, sliced almonds or sunflower seeds, they would add a nice salty crunch.

Bacon would take it to the next level.

According to what I wrote, the number of servings makes “a big bowl.” My guess is, it makes 12-18 servings.

Sweet wishes,


Cauliflower Broccoli Ranch Salad

Staci at Random Sweets
There are so many crunchy vegetables to love in this salad…all tossed in creamy ranch dressing. If you like, add bacon, cashews, almonds or sunflower seeds.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 4 sticks celery
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • cups frozen peas, petite ones are nice
  • 1-2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 oz packet Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix, NOT dip mix
  • teaspoons fresh dill weed chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder


  • Wash and chop the broccoli, cauliflower, celery, and red onion.
  • Add the vegetables, including the peas, to a big bowl of salted (1-2 tablespoons) cold water. Let the veggies soak in the water for 10-15 minutes. Drain the water well so the salad doesn't get watery. Put the vegetables in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the Ranch packet, dill weed and garlic powder. Stir to mix well.
  • Add the Ranch mixture to the vegetables and stir until they are evenly coated with the dressing.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least one hour. Serve cold. Best if refrigerated 12-24 hours before serving. Refrigerate leftovers.
Keyword broccoli, cauliflower, celery, peas, Ranch dressing, red onion

All text and images © Staci Mergenthal • Random Sweets

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