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Crunchy Raw Cauliflower Salad with Sweet Mayo Dressing

Here's an easy raw cauliflower salad recipe with sweet mayo dressing! This crunchy cauliflower salad is filled with carrots, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and chickpeas and tossed in a sweet and creamy mayo dressing.

Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Cauliflower, easy recipe, healthy breakfast, picnic, summer
Prep Time 25 minutes
Time to let marinate in the fridge (optional, but recommended) 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Cathy


For the Dressing:

  • 1/3 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 3 TBS Plain Yogurt (Greek yogurt works, too.)
  • 1 TBS Honey
  • 3 TBS White Vinegar (Apple cider vinegar works, too.)
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

For the Salad:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower (I used a small to medium sized cauliflower.) Rinsed well, trimmed, and chopped into small, bite sized pieces.
  • 2 Carrots Rinsed, peeled, and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
  • 1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Green Onions (Scallions) Use just the green part for a milder onion flavor. Save the white parts for another recipe!


  1. Using a medium sized bowl, add all of the dressing ingredients, and mix with a fork or whisk until smooth and well combined. Taste, and adjust for salt and pepper.

  2. In a large bowl, add the chopped cauliflower, carrots, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and green onion.

  3. Pour the creamy dressing over the salad ingredients, and toss well to combine.

  4. You can serve and enjoy immediately, but I find it's better if it sits in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (or up to a few hours if you can) to let the dressing work it's magic. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to substitute your preferred ingredients or ingredients you have on hand when making this recipe. I outline several possible substitutions in the post. For example, you can use all mayo if you don't have yogurt on hand or vice versa. You can also replace the sunflower seeds with almonds, cashews, or walnuts. Raisins would also work well to replace the dried cranberry. The salad will taste a little different from the written recipe provided, of course, but I like to always share recipes that can be easily adapted. Enjoy!