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Cauliflower Pea Salad with Ranch Dressing

This hearty cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing is sure to be a hit at any gathering! It’s packed full of crunchy veggies, creamy ranch dressing, and loads of flavor. The combination of the crisp cauliflower florets, sweet peas, tangy red onions, and creamy ranch dressing come together in perfect harmony.

This easy-to-make dish is perfect for lunch or dinner – just add your favorite protein to make it a complete meal. Plus, it takes only minutes to prepare!

So grab some fresh ingredients and let’s get started on this delicious cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing!

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Should you use ranch dressing in a pea salad?

Yes, ranch dressing can be a great addition to pea salad!

The creamy and tangy flavor of the ranch dressing pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the peas and cauliflower. Plus, it helps tie all of the flavors together in one delicious dish. Whether you’re preparing this for a gathering or just for yourself, ranch dressing is definitely worth adding to your pea salad recipe!

If you’d rather have a flavor other than ranch, you could also try this pea & pasta salad.

cauliflower pea salad served in a bowl

Should I use fresh or frozen cauliflower?

Either fresh or frozen cauliflower can be used for this salad. However, if you use fresh cauliflower it should be cleaned and cut into small florets before adding it to the salad. If you use frozen cauliflower, make sure to thaw it first and drain off any excess liquid before adding it to the salad. In either case, make sure your cauliflower is completely dry before adding it to the salad – otherwise, your dressing won’t coat everything evenly!

If you want something other than cauliflower, you can also try this pea salad without bacon.

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What do I need to make a cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing?

  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Frozen peas
  • Red onion
  • Dry ranch mix 
  • Mayonnaise
ingredients to make cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing

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How to make a cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing

In a small bowl mix the dry ranch and mayonnaise until well combined – set aside.

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Pulse one head of cauliflower florets in a food processor.

In a large bowl combine the cauliflower, celery, peas, and onion.

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Stir in the mayonnaise mix until well coated.

Chill, serve, and enjoy!

cauliflower pea salad in a bowl next to a wooden spoon

Can I make cauliflower pea salad ahead of time? 

Yes, you can make this salad ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to three days. To do so, mix together all the ingredients (except for the ranch dressing) and store them in an airtight container.

When ready to serve, mix in a dry ranch seasoning packet with mayonnaise to create your dressing and add it to the salad. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

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Can I use canned peas?

Yes, you can use canned peas in this salad, though it might not be the best texture for it. Make sure to rinse and drain them before adding them to the other ingredients. 

Making a cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing can be an easy and delicious way to bring flavor and variety to your next meal. With its combination of crunchy veggies, creamy ranch dressing, and loads of flavor, this dish is sure to be the talk of any gathering! It only takes about 15 minutes to put together and you can even make it ahead of time for added convenience. 

Other delicious salad recipes to try

Lemon Chicken Pasta Salad

Pineapple Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad Recipe

Yield: 8

Cauliflower Pea Salad with Ranch Dressing

cauliflower pea salad served in a bowl

If you're a fan of a pea salad, then you really should try this spin on it and make it into a cauliflower pea salad with ranch dressing!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower, chopped small
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed & rinsed
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • 1 packet dry ranch mix
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl mix the dry ranch and mayonnaise until well combined - set aside

2. Pulse one head of cauliflower florets in a food processor

3. In a large bowl combine the cauliflower, celery, peas, and onion

4. Stir in the mayonnaise mix until well coated

5. Chill, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 3g

I am not a medical expert. These calculations are provided as a courtesy.

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