Here is a perfect layered salad recipe that is easy to make and super delicious! Cauliflower Salad makes a great light meal all by itself or the perfect side for a barbeque or sandwiches. The best part — it can be made ahead!

If you like salad recipes, take a look at this post full of some of the best summer salad recipes. You might also like to try these recipes southwestern salad recipe or watermelon salad.

Bacon, onion and parmesan cheese topped cauliflower salad in a blue and white bowl ready to be served.

Here is what you need To Make this Cauliflower salad:

You may have the following ingredients on hand, if you don’t they can be easily found at most grocery stores.  When you put them all together the outcome is a fresh delicious salad.

  • 1 Head Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 Onion: I like to use sweet onions like Vidalia or red onion.
  • 1 Head of Cauliflower
  • Crisped bacon: A preferred way to make perfectly crisped bacon is to cook it in the oven at 400 degrees on a lipped pan lined with aluminum foil.  The aluminum foil will conduct some heat and aid in making clean-up easier.
  • Parmesan cheese: Using freshly grated Parmesan cheese adds an extra level of freshness to this salad.  I don’t know about you, but I love the salty edge Parmesan cheese has.
  • Mayonnaise: You can make this Keto friendly by using a sugar-free mayonnaise such as Duke’s Real Mayonnaise.
  • Sugar: You can make this Keto friendly by using a substitute sugar product like granulated Swerve. I also have halved the regular granulated sugar only using 1/4 cup and think it still tastes great.

Make this salad the night before to allow the flavors to blend together for the best tasting salad. You can certainly whip it up the same day but my preference is to make it ahead and refrigerate overnight.

I really love that I can make this recipe the day before to have it ready for a family dinner or potluck!

Tossed cauliflower salad with wooden salad forks in a blue and white bowl.


TIP: When making a layered salad, create a seal that will keep the lettuce layer fresh by spreading the mayonnaise completely over the lettuce making sure it touches the side of the bowl. 

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Cauliflower Salad

Here is a perfect layered summer salad recipe that is easy and super delicious! It makes a great light meal or the perfect side for a barbeque or sandwiches. The best part — it can be made ahead!
Prep Time 20 minutes


  • 1 Head of Iceberg lettuce bite-size pieces
  • 1 Onion, diced fine
  • 1 Head cauliflower, chopped fine
  • 1 Pound Bacon, crisp and crumbled
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Cups Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar


  • Place in a large bowl by layers, the following: Lettuce and cauliflower. 
  • Spread the mayonnaise on top, making sure it covers the lettuce layer completely and touches the sides of the bowl (this acts as a seal and keeps the lettuce and cauliflower fresh -- essential to this salad! )
  • Next, spread the onion, bacon, Parmesan cheese, and sugar. 
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  • Toss and serve immediately.


This salad tastes best made the night before. You can certainly whip it up the same day but I love to make it ahead and refrigerate overnight.


Serving: 75g | Calories: 784kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 80g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 343IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 10
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

recipe credit Sue Fackler

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  1. Oh by the way, I steamed the cauliflower just for a little while such that it was still crunchy.

  2. Hi, I made this last weekend with ham instead of bacon and some adjustments in the amount of other ingredients. My family loved it!!!! Pinned and shared your recipe to my office mate too! Thank you for sharing!

  3. @Roxie, I put red onion in mine it looked really nice, and I like red onion better it’s never as strong…
    I tried this salad and I must have done something wrong because I really didn’t think it had much flavor other than the sweet mayo dressing. I ended up adding a little bacon fat for some extra flavoring and that helped but overall it’s not something I’ll make again.

  4. Has anyone tried this with red onion? It seems like the flavor would go very well and add some color too. What do you think?

  5. Oooh, I’m ‘sharing’ this with myself, so I’ll be able to find it later. This looks delicious:)

  6. My family has been making this salad for years!! We call it Overnight Salad…and it is a big favorite!!

  7. Mom use to make this all the time for church dinners and reunions. She added peas to hers.

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