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Fully Loaded Cauliflower Salad Recipe

Fully Loaded Cauliflower Salad

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"A lower in carb version of my favorite baked potato salad. Most people when I serve this can't tell right away that this is made with cauliflower. Even my cauliflower hating husband enjoys this salad!"

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  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    2 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. When cool, crumble into bacon bits.
  2. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil.
  3. Combine the cauliflower, olive oil, garlic, salt, and black pepper in large bowl. Spread the cauliflower on the foil-lined baking sheet, and roast in the preheated oven until the cauliflower is lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool.
  4. Place the cooled roasted cauliflower, sour cream, and mayonnaise in a large bowl; stir. Fold in the shredded Cheddar cheese, bacon bits, green onion, chives, pepper sauce, and paprika. Adjust salt and black pepper. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
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  • Cook's Note
  • If you have the time, this is also good with a homemade dry ranch dressing mix stirred into the sour cream and mayo before mixing with the cauliflower. If you like more or less mayo and sour cream, start with a 1/4 c. more or less than what the recipe states. The choice in cheese is all up to you, too. I like using white Cheddar because I like the bite that it gives to the salad. It's all personal taste so have fun with the recipe! Baking time may vary depending on how done you want your cauliflower. We like this salad best with BBQ'ed chicken or fish.

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Jul 27, 2011

For the reviewers who are concerned about this recipe being "healthy", this is a LOW CARB recipe. Most cream-based salads aren't usually made for the mindset of eating healthy and if eaten in moderation, there shouldn't be a concern. The mayonnaise and sour cream should be added to your liking and it's really just a matter of how wet you like it. Fat free plain or greek yogurt can be used in place of part of the sour cream or mayonnaise.

Jul 07, 2011

I was intrigued by this recipe because I was amazed that a side dish made from the healthy cauliflower could be 352 calories per serving. It's made with fat-free sour cream and reduced fat mayo, after all. Then I looked at the proportions. Even a half a cup of low fat mayo is a lot. And one whole cup of full fat cheese adds on the fat. So I reduced the sour cream and mayo to a total of one half cup, and I didn't even use all of it. I cut the olive oil to one tablespoon and used only 1/4 cup of Parmesan instead of a full cup of cheddar. This was delicious and we enjoyed it very much. Thanks so much for the post, Sarah Jo!

May 28, 2012

At last minute (the morning of Memorial Day) our friends invited us to a cookout. They said they'd make the meat if we brought the sides. I knew they all (including my husband) loved the "baked potato salad" from the Fresh Market around the corner from us, but I am back on low-carb and needed something that would be similar for me (as I love the baked tater salad too, but obviously couldn't eat it...) and...This was AWESOME! I used full-fat sour cream and full-fat mayo as I am low-carb and low-carbers eat FAT (because it's good for you!) No, this is not low-calorie, as low-carb does not usually (ever) mean low-calorie...it was WONDERFUL! I bought a block of white cheddar and shredded it, instead of using pre-shredded cheese. The friends who invited us over USUALLY make fun of my "low-carb creations" ... and they ate it up! note - if you want this to be low-er fat, go ahead and use fat free mayo (or low-fat, ff is gross, in my opinion, but to each their own)...and the same with the sour cream. Otherwise, go for the full fat as this was amazing! And I will be making it again and again!

Jul 07, 2011

I enjoyed this dish. It's not exactly low calorie, but it is a great alternative to typical potato salad. The 2 dashes of Frank's Red Hot sauce added a great depth of flavor. I did not have fresh chives on hand but will add those next time as I think they would add even more flavor. I will definitely make this again and plan on bringing it to a potluck soon. Thanks for the recipe.

Apr 07, 2012

Yum - really liked this one. I halved the recipe and made it exactly as written. My husband, who loves cooked cauliflower, but not raw, really enjoyed this salad. I appreciated that it was good as leftovers, without getting mushy. This is a keeper - thanks Sarah Jo.

Jul 25, 2011

I had a head of cauliflower to use up and wondered if there existed a salad similar to the usual broccoli salad recipes I tried in the past. This recipe isn't quite the same, as other reviewers have mentioned, because it isn't quite healthy. That being said, I would agree with Dianemwj who suggested cutting the dressing proportions in half (you'll still have plenty & it still won't be healthy - so picky eaters will eat it any ways). This being said, it does take the bland cauliflower and make it taste good - bacon-ish!

Mar 28, 2014

I just made this for my sons birthday BBQ tomorrow, if I could I would eat the whole bowl! Its deeeeelicious! The flavors mix very well, I double the recipe and reduced the mayo just a little. This will be my new favorite go to salad! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe, its wonderful.

Jun 09, 2012

I brought thi salad when we went camping last year and my extended family, about 20 of us, has requested it again this year. We loved the flavor of the roasted cauliflower! I used lower fat ingredients for the dressing and cheeses, and beefed up the flavor with more green onions, herbs and spices. This recipe is flexible and can be tweaked to your liking.


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  • Calories
  • 200 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 13.5 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 11 g
  • 22%
  • Sodium
  • 329 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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