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Summer Salad Recipe

Posted by  ·  July 17, 2012  ·  Last Updated: July 17, 2012

Here is a perfect 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!


1 head lettuce, bite size pieces
1 medium onion, diced fine
1 head cauliflower, chopped fine
1 lb. 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.

Serves 8 to 10

recipe credit Sue Fackler

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  1. Gary L. Price
    Friday, May 15th, 2015
    I have made this several times in the nursing home I work in. I put the cauliflower through the food processor so it is very small. Its easier for the residents to eat that way. Also, instead of mayo I add sugar to Ranch dressing, which can also be used for cole slaw and cucumber and onion salad.
  2. LindaLu
    Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
    This is a great salad! Have made it for years but just call is Cauliflower Salad. It's always a hit at get togethers!
  3. Monday, July 8th, 2013
    Oh by the way, I steamed the cauliflower just for a little while such that it was still crunchy.
  4. Monday, July 8th, 2013
    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!
  5. Wendy H
    Saturday, July 6th, 2013
    @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.
  6. Roxy Bee
    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013
    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?
  7. Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
    Oooh, I'm 'sharing' this with myself, so I'll be able to find it later. This looks delicious:)
  8. Sobhanne
    Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
    Do You boli the cauliflower before ad to the bowl?
  9. MeghanG
    Thursday, May 9th, 2013
    My family has been making this salad for years!! We call it Overnight Salad...and it is a big favorite!!
  10. JuneA**
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    sounds yummy!
  11. Joan
    Sunday, July 29th, 2012
    Great recipe and men do love it including my fussy husband! Thank you :)
  12. Debra
    Saturday, July 28th, 2012
    That looks amazing.
  13. Sheryl
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    Mom use to make this all the time for church dinners and reunions. She added peas to hers.
  14. Rachel
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    This salad is so yummy we never have left overs, but we do it without onion :)
  15. Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
    That looks soooo yummy and even better, it's easy! Thanks!:)
  16. Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
    That looks like a great salad!
  17. Jenny
    Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
    This is a delicious salad and so easy!