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Bacon Cauliflower Salad

My Aunt Lavern’s special cauliflower salad recipe combines crispy-crunchy ingredients with a creamy dressing that’s ever so slightly sweet. —Kelly Ward Hartman, Cape Coral, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons sugar


  • In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, bacon, cheese, green pepper and onion. In another bowl, combine mayonnaise and sugar; spoon over cauliflower mixture and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 308 calories, 28g fat (8g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 456mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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  • gunslinger
    Nov 4, 2020

    I used shredded cheese instead of cubes, otherwise made as directed and it was delicious!

  • Kristen
    Jul 12, 2019

    This is delicious! I made some changes because of what I had on hand-but it’s a huge step up from broccoli salad (which I usually love!). I used onion powder instead of onions-I really don’t like chunks of onions in things-and I did t put any sugar. I also used shredded cheese instead of cubes-it gets in every crevice that way! The cauliflower is so butter and doesn’t stick in your teeth like broccoli. It’s salty and creamy and buttery and cheesy all in one! Serving with spicy chicken to round thins out. Yum!

  • Eileen
    Nov 22, 2017

    As I'm making this for a work luncheon tomorrow i cant help but think this might taste bland. Thinking leaving out the sugar because it might make it too sweet. I'm using Miracle Whip vs mayonnaise because that's all i had on hand. Those of you who have made this can you comment on if it needed any seasonings?

  • meaganteal
    Apr 17, 2016

    nice salad, and a good change from pasta salads. I did only use 2 teaspoons of sugar, and low fat miracle whip, since it's the hubby's preference. I reduced the bacon down to 8 slices as well.

  • _nlfPA
    Mar 12, 2016

    This is a wonderful salad and my family loves it. It is great for potlucks and picnics too.

  • grandmagogof8
    Aug 1, 2015

    Simple recipe but sorry, I did change up the dressing for it. I am diabetic so I use 1/3 C. Splenda, 2/3 C. Mayo, 1tsp. Salt, 1/3 C Vinegar, some spices & I did not have block of cheese so I used Shredded Cheddar. Like ruthjoe, I added Red Onion as well. YUMMY!

  • Songkitten
    Jun 5, 2015

    I've made this several times and I LOVE it! I'm on Atkins and it fits in nicely with the low carb diet. I will make this in place of potato salad from now on. I used 3 T of granulated Splenda instead of sugar and used 4 green onions instead of a regular onion.. It tastes good with green or red bell peppers. And I agree with the previous reviewer....a pound of bacon is a lot. I used 8 striips. I also added appx 2/3 cup frozen peas. Yum!

  • runfast159
    Apr 6, 2015

    A delicious salad but a pound of bacon is overkill to me, and I love bacon! I also cut the mayonnaise and sugar in half and it is still a great salad but with a lot less sugar and calories. I add purple cabbage and shredded carrots to mine for some extra color.

  • maball
    Jan 31, 2015

    Heaven on earth! I crave this salad every couple months and have to make it! I do lessen the amount of onion. Wonderful.

  • katlaydee3
    Nov 11, 2013

    Delicious salad and very quick to make with just a few ingredients.