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Loaded Bacon Ranch Cauliflower Salad

Topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and creamy Ranch dressing, this Loaded Bacon Ranch Cauliflower Salad recipe is a delicious low carb side dish. It's equally as delicious as a barbecue or weeknight side any time of the year.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Low Carb
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 162kcal


  • 1 medium head cauliflower * cut into bite size pieces
  • 8 slices bacon * cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese * shredded
  • 1/4 cup celery * diced small
  • 2 green onions * sliced thin for garnish


  • Set a steamer pot filled 2/3rds of the way full with water over high heat to bring to a boil.
  • Add cauliflower florets and steam until fork-tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain the water, and run the cauliflower under cold water to stop the cooking process. Place in a medium-size bowl.
  • Mix together the ranch dressing, celery, cheddar cheese, and half of the bacon until well combined.
  • Pour the dressing over the cauliflower and toss to combine.
  • Place in a serving dish and top with extra cheddar cheese, the remaining bacon, and green onions, if desired.



Tips and Techniques for the Best Loaded Bacon Ranch Cauliflower Salad

  • Shred the cheese from a block, rather than using pre-shredded bagged cheese, for the best results.
  • Adjust any of the ingredients to suit your own tastes. Just be aware that any changes to the recipe will alter the nutritional information.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use within 3-4 days.

How to Steam Cauliflower in the Microwave

To steam cut cauliflower in the microwave, place it in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/2 cup of water. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving one edge slightly open to vent. Microwave on high for 6-8 minutes, until it reaches desired level of tenderness. Drain and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process.
** Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 26.6mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 0.4mg