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Christmas Crunch Salad

With its creamy dressing and colorful vegetables, this salad is lovely and refreshing. Make it before you head out caroling, and when you return, guests' compliments will be music to your ears. -Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets (about 3/4 pound)
  • 4 cups fresh cauliflowerets (about 3/4 pound)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large salad bowl, combine vegetables. Whisk the dressing ingredients until smooth; pour over vegetables and toss to coat. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 121 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • sands351
    Jun 21, 2020

    This is a great salad. I make this all year round. Tonight we are having grilled chicken with it. Yum.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    This recipe is simple to prepare and everyone loves it. Sometimes we add sunflower seeds for a little extra crunch. For a different twist add cooked crumbled bacon.

  • abreendre
    Aug 4, 2016

    I made this as a summer salad too. Can't beat the fresh veggies. Great taste and easy. A winning combination for me.

  • Margos
    Jul 11, 2015

    Excellent Recipe! I make this year round. Quick , Easy and Delicious. People who don't like green salads will eat this

  • gunslinger
    Sep 2, 2014

    I made this during the summer with fresh vegetables from our garden. Delicious, healthy, colorful addition to our cookout !

  • Clare88
    Dec 24, 2013

    I cut the dressing in 1/2 for a lower calorie alternative.

  • TGJH
    Dec 8, 2013

    I made this salad when it first appeared in 1996. My husband loved it so I kept the magazine all these years. When I prepared to make the salad my magazine had disappeared. I am so happy to have the recipe again.

  • msjude
    Jan 26, 2013

    this is one of my grandsons very favorate salads! made it many times everyone asks for the recipe!!

  • tramar
    Dec 18, 2012

    Our daughter is hosting our Christmas family gathering and I'll be presenting this lovely salad in a glass decorative bowl as pictured. I make the Ranch Dip instead of the dressing in the recipe and add fresh lemon juice instead of the vinegar, sugar to taste and lemon pepper seasoning to taste in place of the salt & pepper. It is a very festive addition to a Holiday buffet table.

  • judyam
    Dec 24, 2011

    Not only is it quick and easy to make, it really is visually attractive and appealing sitting on the table. I also received several compliments from my family and friends as to how flavorful it was. At the end of the day/event I offer to share what is left from the meal with my company and this salad was one of the first things to be divided up.