Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

My sister-in-law made this salad for a family dinner just before my husband and I were married. In a hurry I wrote the recipe down. I've shared this recipe often through the years of our marriage. Recently at a dinner, my SIL asked if I made this recipe often. I replied that yes I did and every year I have to make California Salad. The look on her face was priceless and her reply was "I thought I gave you this recipe years ago!". After visiting on this topic further, we discovered I had abbreviated cauliflower to Calif. Salad thus it's name. I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large serving salad bowl layer torn lettuce, broken cauliflower, chopped green onions, crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese.
  2. In small bowl mix together sugar and mayonnaise well.
  3. Pour over the top of layered salad- cover and chill until ready to serve.
Most Helpful

This was delicious! I used leaf lettuce and blanched the cauliflower a bit. I was trying to lighten up this recipe a tad, so used real bacon bits (less fat), low-fat cheddar & mayo, and used Splenda instead of sugar. Truly, I don't think any of the flavor was lost. Thnx for sharing your recipe, Cindy. Made for the Diabetic Forum Pool Party May 2010.

Darkhunter May 02, 2010

A nice salad, I loved the crunchy cauliflower, the salty bacon bits, and the sweetness of the dressing! I reduced the amount of everything to serve two people. Personally, 1/2 cup of sugar would be too much for my taste, I used one teaspoon in 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and it was perfect!

Elly in Canada April 24, 2008