Friday, September 4, 2009

Cauliflower Parmesan Salad

I'm off to celebrate Labor Day weekend with family and friends. Lots of hours on the road, but we'll get to see some folks we haven't seen in awhile and join in the fun at Glandorf, Ohio's annual Park Fest . This year the town is celebrating its 175th anniversary and I'm sure all of its 919 residents will turn out in force to do it up big. We're talking beer tents, people. And a parade! Festival burgers and turtle races and bean soup made over an open fire. Good stuff, and I mean that.

I was raised in this quaint northwest Ohio town and it is such a nice place to visit (but you know how the rest of that saying goes, don't you?) The town was founded by seven young men who traveled from its namesake, Glandorf, Germany back in 1833. German Catholics populated the town and the surrounding area and until just a few years ago, there were nuns teaching in the public school. It was the norm for me back then and didn't seem unusual until later in life when I realized that my parents put nine children through what was essentially a parochial school without having to pay tuition. Imagine. Different era, eh?

Anyway, the reason for the salad you ask? It makes a great potluck salad and if you're scrambling for something to take to a Labor Day get together, this goes over well every time I bring it.

The salad you see pictured was made as an individual serving for purposes of photography, but this salad works best if layered in a large bowl and stirred together just before serving.

Cauliflower Parmesan Salad

One large head of lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
1 small sweet onion, diced
1 medium head of cauliflower, prepped into bite size pieces
a handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 pound of center cut bacon, cooked crisp, then crumbled (I do mine in the oven, 375 degrees for 30 mins)

Layer the above in a large bowl.

Dressing

3 cups reduced-fat mayo
3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sugar (can use Splenda)
pepper, to taste

Mix dressing ingredients and spread smoothly over top of salad ingredients. Wait to toss until just before serving.

* Something interesting about bacon. Did you know that the difference in fat/calorie content between center cut bacon and turkey bacon is negligible? Why not use the real thing when it's such an important ingredient in this recipe.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone. Be safe.

10 comments:

June said...

Sounds like a great, fun weekend with tons of good grub to go with shared memories and lots of laughs. Love layered salads as they hold so well and just seem to get better & better. Good point re the bacon - some things just aren't worth substituting.

Dyan said...

Thanks..Now I know what I will be taking to our get together tomorrow! Looks simple, inexpensive and tasty.

mommythecook said...

I would love that for lunch today ! looks perfect !

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Ooh, that salad does sound wonderful! I'm typically not a lettuce person, but with cauliflower and parmesan dressing, I think it sounds delicious!

coffeegrounded said...

Mags, hope you enjoy a fun holiday weekend.
Salad looks delish! One of these days I'm going to get around to doing my bacon in the oven. Everyone raves about how good, and easy it is.

Snooty Primadona said...

Oh. Yeah. This salad looks totally scrumptious! Love, love that the bacon is crispy, which is my preference.

Hoping you had fun with the family & friends back home. The hubby & I have played golf all weekend and then worked around this place we call home. Well, since we basically have no relatives...

Your family sounds like a big party! How cool is that?

Mags said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! The weekend was a blast, but totally exhausting. Always nice to party with family and friends, but the older I get, the longer it takes me to recuperate...lol

stephchows said...

Nuns for teachers sounds scary to me :) The salad however, is not at all scary :)

Lady P said...

omg! yum! i LUV cauliflower and i like how you like bacon
we are going to get along just fine, you and I

Mags said...

Steph: Part of our underground fight song was "If the nuns draw near say Sister have a beer." I had some mean ones and I had some very sweet ones as well. Quite an experience, it was!

Lady P: To quote the often misunderstood Homer Simpson, "Mmmmm... bacon."