Bacon Cauliflower Salad with an Easy Creamy Dressing

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This bacon cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party. It tastes great!

This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.

Creamy Cauliflower Salad

I love a layered salad with a homemade dressing. Traditionally, it’s a seven layer salad, but I like this version with just romaine, bacon, cauliflower and radish even more.

What I like most is the fact that it makes a smaller portion than that of a large seven layer salad. This makes it more manageable for a weeknight as most layered salads have a mayonnaise dressing that will get soggy after the first day.

The flavors of the simple ingredients are the perfect match for this homemade creamy dressing.

Crunchy Cauliflower Salad

I love the crunchy texture of this layered salad. The cauliflower, romaine lettuce and radishes all have a natural crunch to them that makes this salad extra special.

The original recipe from a cook book called Taste of Indian Creek hit a homerun with creating this bacon cauliflower toss.

I’d serve it along side a grilled steak and baked potatoes for the perfect meal.

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Ingredient List

  • Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • Crispy Bacon, crumbled
  • Cauliflower, broken into bite size pieces
  • Radishes, sliced thin
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream
  • Green Onions or Chives
  • Dried Dill Weed
  • Freshly Ground Pepper

How to Make Bacon Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Step By Step Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, layer one half of the chopped romaine, crumbled bacon, and cauliflower florets.
  2. Top with all the sliced radishes.
  3. Then, top with the remaining ingredients: romaine, bacon and cauliflower.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream.
  5. Drop by the spoonful over the cauliflower.
  6. Sprinkle the top with dried dill weed and black pepper.
  7. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours before stirring
  8. Toss the salad just before serving. This layered salad is best served the first day.

Storage Instructions

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and be sure to consume the next day to keep the crunchy texture.

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Recipe FAQs

  • Wash and drain the veggies well. Be sure they are completely dry.
  • I love to use a glass salad bowl so you can see how pretty the salad is.
  • This recipe is reminiscent of a seven layer salad, without so many ingredients.
  • Use approximately 1/2 head cauliflower and 1 smaller head of romaine. An estimate is fine.
  • Substitute Miracle Whip for Mayonnaise, if desired.
  • Green onions or fresh chives can be used in the creamy dressing.
  • Be sure to chill the creamy salad for at least 2 hours before serving.
  • Do not toss the salad until right before serving.
  • This salad is best if eaten the first day.
  • Creamy bacon cauliflower salad is low carb.

Recipe Variations

  • Add a layer of cheese such as Parmesan cheese or shredded cheddar cheese.
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the dressing perks up the flavor.
  • Substitute broccoli for cauliflower for a broccoli salad recipe.
  • Lighten it up with turkey bacon.
  • If desired, add a layer or red onions.
  • For extra protein, add hard boiled eggs.
  • Iceberg lettuce is a suitable substitute for romaine lettuce.
  • Miracle Whip works instead of mayonnaise.
  • Lighten it up with low fat mayo and low fat sour cream.
  • Fresh herbs always freshen up a salad so try fresh dill, chives, or even parsley.

How do you eat cauliflower florets?

Other than just washing, and then cutting raw cauliflower into florets to eat, raw cauliflower makes a great salad. The natural crunch of cauliflower pairs well with a thick, creamy dressing such as ranch dressing, bleu cheese dressing or any dressing made with mayonnaise. Add other veggies of your choice along with crumbled, cooked bacon, and you’ll be sure to fall in love with cauliflower. Try our Ranch Cauliflower Salad for another great salad recipe.

Rather serve your cauliflower cooked? Here are some of our favorite dishes featuring cooked cauliflower:

What can I use raw cauliflower for?

Raw cauliflower tastes great with a creamy dip or served on a crudité platter, but there’s also other ways to use it. Add it to any salad, particularly with a layered salad with a creamy dressing. Raw cauliflower also holds up great in a brine which means it’s easily pickled. Use it as a condiment for sandwiches or tacos.

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Bacon Cauliflower Salad with an Easy Creamy Dressing

This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party. It tastes great!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon cauliflower salad, bacon cauliflower salad with creamy dressing, creamy cauliflower salad
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 small head of romaine, chopped
  • 8 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 1/4 cup radish, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  • In a salad bowl, layer half of the romaine, bacon and cauliflower.
    This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.
  • Top with all the radish slices.
    This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.
  • Top with remaining romaine, bacon and cauliflower.
  • In a small bowl, mix mayo, sour cream and green onions (or chives).
    This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.
  • Drop by the spoonful over the cauliflower. Sprinkle with black pepper and dried dill. Cover and refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Do not stir yet.
    This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.
  • Before serving, toss the salad. Eat immediately.
    This cauliflower salad, packed with chopped bacon and crunchy cauliflower and radish, is an easy side dish that is perfect for any picnic, potluck or party.

Notes

    • Wash and drain the veggies well. Be sure they are completely dry.
    • I love to use a glass salad bowl so you can see how pretty the salad is.
    • This recipe is reminiscent of a seven layer salad, without so many ingredients.
    • Use approximately 1/2 head cauliflower and 1 smaller head of romaine. An estimate is fine.
    • Substitute Miracle Whip for Mayonnaise, if desired.
    • Green onions or fresh chives can be used in the creamy dressing.
    • Be sure to chill the creamy salad for at least 2 hours before serving.
    • Do not toss the salad until right before serving.
    • This salad is best if eaten the first day.
    • Creamy bacon cauliflower salad is low carb.
    • Love cauliflower? Try this Ranch Cauliflower Salad
    • The carb counts, calorie counts and nutritional information is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used. They should not be used for specific dietary needs.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 389IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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