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Loaded Cauliflower Salad in a white salad bowl

Loaded Cauliflower Salad

Katerina | Diethood
With a creamy dressing, tender cauliflower, crispy bacon, and cheese, this Loaded Cauliflower Salad is about to become your new summer picnic go-to.
Servings : 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


For the Cauliflower Salad
  • 8 cups cauliflower florets
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • finely chopped parsley, for garnish
For the Dressing
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, (or plain yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Place cauliflower florets in a cooking pot and cover with cold water; set over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low; cover the pot and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, or until cauliflower is fork tender, but not mushy.
  • Drain the cauliflower and run it under cold water to cool it and stop it from cooking further. DRAIN well and pat dry with paper towels.
  • In a large salad bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper; whisk until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the prepared cauliflower florets to the dressing and toss gently.
  • Taste for salt and adjust accordingly.
  • Fold in the bacon, green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Cover and chill in the fridge for an hour or so.
  • Garnish with parsley. Serve.


  • NET CARBS: 5 g
  • WW POINTS: For those following a WW diet, LOWER your points down to 3 by using turkey bacon, fat free cheddar cheese, and reduced fat sour cream. Omit the mayonnaise and add in more sour cream OR plain yogurt.


Calories: 304 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 11 g | Fat: 26 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 48 mg | Sodium: 387 mg | Potassium: 504 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 4 g | Vitamin A: 363 IU | Vitamin C: 66 mg | Calcium: 192 mg | Iron: 1 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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