Loaded Cauliflower Salad


This loaded cauliflower recipe has all the fixings—Cheddar cheese, red onion and bacon along with chopped cauliflower, all held together with a tangy, creamy dressing. The cauliflower holds its color and crispness well, making this salad perfect for a picnic, potluck or barbecue.

a recipe photo of the Loaded Cauliflower Salad
Photo: Photographer: Rachel Marek, Food stylist: Annie Probst
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Nutrition Profile:


  • 3 slices bacon

  • cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower florets

  • ½ cup shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Chop the bacon when cool enough to handle.

  2. Whisk sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, pepper, salt and the reserved bacon fat together in a large bowl. Add cauliflower, cheese, onion, parsley and the chopped bacon. Stir to coat with the dressing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

194 Calories
17g Fat
7g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 3/4 cup
Calories 194
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 6g 12%
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Vitamin A 336IU 7%
Vitamin C 48mg 53%
Vitamin D 7IU 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 61mcg 15%
Vitamin K 71mcg 59%
Sodium 273mg 12%
Calcium 106mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 21mg 5%
Potassium 344mg 7%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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