I’ve loved this salad since I was a little girl! I can hardly think of a family gathering that this salad wasn’t at back then. I don’t know why I had never made it on my own though. Oh well, I used my niece’s baptism luncheon as the perfect excuse to make it and I’m so glad that I did. Just because I don’t get to see my own family very often, doesn’t mean that I should go without all the awesome food!
I haven’t had the energy lately to do much writing due to pregnancy fatigue and major nausea), so I’m just going to jump right in to the recipe. It’s FANTASTIC so make sure you give it a try, at least once.
*Please make sure to wash and dry your veggies before you begin. You can also blanch and chill them first if you are worried about them being too hard.*
In a large bowl (I used a 4 Quart Pyrex Bowl) add the following:
3 to 4 Cups Chopped Cauliflower
3 to 4 Cups Chopped Broccoli
3 to 4 Cups Chopped Carrots
2 Cans Olives Drained and Sliced
1 lb Cheddar Cheese Cubed
Mix these two ingredients together and then pour over and toss the veggie and cheese mixture:
½ tsp Minced Garlic or 1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
1 (12 oz) Jar Ranch Dressing
This salad is now ready to serve! If you need to make it ahead of time, it’s a good idea to keep the cheese separate and then mix it in right before serving. Otherwise the cheese can start to get soggy if it’s been sitting in the ranch for more than a day or so. Cover tightly and keep refrigerated.
*You can also add your desired amount of cherry tomatoes, but we usually don’t. It gets a little on the expensive side to make the more ingredients you add and that is one that can be omitted.*
**You can chop everything to your desired size (you can add more of whatever you want too, I just like a pretty even mix of everything). Most of my veggies and the cheese were cut or cubed to about marble size.**
For some photos of the process, keep reading.
This is the chopped Cauliflower.
The chopped Broccoli. I prefer it with the stems cut most of the way off, so it’s not too hard to chew.
Chopped Carrots. I just use baby carrots and chop them into 4th’s or 5th’s depending on how big the carrot is.
I was being too lazy to chop the olives so I squashed them into 4th’s. Don’t worry, I’m anal about hand-washing so it’s not gross!
The cubed cheddar!!! My favorite part!
Adding the Ranch/Garlic Mixture.
The BEST Ranch ever!!!! It’s a product of Southern Utah, found in most Wal-Mart’s in the state. If you can’t find it, Gregg’s Savory Ranch Dressing from Costco is good too.
Another peek at the final product!! IT’S SO GOOD!
When I was asking mom about this recipe, she was really cute when I asked her how many cans of olives it would take. She said “it depends on how many “helpers” you have in the kitchen”…which is all too true. A good portion of them ended up on my little “helpers” fingers instead of in the bowl.
I hope this recipe becomes a family favorite for you too! Let me know how you liked it!~Sarah