The Best Cauliflower Salad You’ll Ever Make (Is Flexible) – Ranch Cauliflower Salad

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Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week. This salad featuring romaine lettuce, ranch dressing and bacon is reminiscent of the traditional seven layer salad without so many vegetables and the layers.

Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.

Fresh Cauliflower Salad Recipe

This Ranch Cauliflower Salad may be a bit more kid-friendly than other salads, at least it was for our family. If your family members and friends are not big fans of onion, just leave it out of the salad.

Barbara brought this fresh cauliflower salad recipe to our family Easter and it is now added to our “go-to” menu for family gatherings, along with the Cold Crab Party Dip and Iced Thumbprint Cookies here on the blog.

This is another awesome recipe from the Pot O’ Gold Cookbook from the St. Patrick Altar Society of Imogene, Iowa. I think the sheer number of delicious recipes on our blog from this cookbook just solidifies the fact that we all know…church cookbooks are the bomb!

Some of our other favorite Pot O’ Gold recipes are Crock Pot Ground Beef Acapulco Enchiladas, Instant Pot Buttery Chicken, and Crock Pot Baked Beans with Pineapple.

Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.

Ingredient List

  • Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
  • Mayo
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Onion
  • Milk
  • Romaine
  • Fresh Cauliflower Florets
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon, fried crisp

How to Make Ranch Cauliflower Salad

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Blend dressing mix, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, onion (optional) and milk in a large bowl.
  2. Add romaine lettuce and cauliflower and toss until coated.
  3. Pour salad mix into a large casserole dish and spread evenly.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon pieces.
  5. Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Full recipe for raw cauliflower salad with bacon is at the bottom of this post.

Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.

Recipe FAQs

  • Be sure to cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces so it is easier to get some on your fork along with the Romaine lettuce, bacon and cheese.
  • This fresh cauliflower salad uses real bacon, but you could save time with the real bacon bits that are prepackaged.
  • You can definitely make this raw Cauliflower Salad with lettuce ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace cauliflower with fresh broccoli for an easy broccoli salad.
  • Garnish with fresh chives or green onions.
  • Switch up the type of cheese.
  • Use turkey bacon.
  • Make a homemade ranch dressing with onion powder, garlic powder, parsley and fresh dill.

If you are loving this cauliflower salad with lettuce, try some more of our favorite salad recipes.

Ranch Cauliflower Salad

Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cauliflower salad with lettuce, fresh cauliflower salad recipe, Ranch Cauliflower Salad, raw cauliflower salad, raw cauliflower salad with bacon, romaine salad with bacon and cheese
Servings: 16
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 head romaine shredded
  • 1 head cauliflower cut up
  • 1 ounce Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 small onion may be omitted
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 16 oz, bacon cooked and cut into bits
  • 16 oz. cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions

  • Mix mayonnaise, onion, Parmesan cheese, dressing mix, and milk in a bowl.
    Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week. This salad featuring romaine lettuce, ranch dressing and bacon is reminiscent of the traditional seven layer salad without so many vegetables and the layers.
  • Add lettuce and cauliflower and toss until coated.
    Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week. This salad featuring romaine lettuce, ranch dressing and bacon is reminiscent of the traditional seven layer salad without so many vegetables and the layers.
  • Pour into a 13 x 9-inch dish.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
    Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week. This salad featuring romaine lettuce, ranch dressing and bacon is reminiscent of the traditional seven layer salad without so many vegetables and the layers.
  • Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

  • Be sure to cut the cauliflower into bite-size pieces so it is easier to get some on your fork along with the Romaine lettuce, bacon and cheese.
  • This fresh cauliflower salad uses real bacon, but you could save time with the real bacon bits that are prepackaged. 
  • You can definitely make this Ranch Cauliflower Salad ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.
  • If you love this fresh salad, try our famous Pea Salad recipe. 
  • The nutritional information below is auto-calculated and can vary depending on the products used.

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 544mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 496IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 267mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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Topped with bacon and cheese and flavored with a ranch dressing mix, this Ranch Cauliflower Salad is a great side dish any night of the week.

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