Bowl of Tequilaberry salad with vegan parmesan, mayo, bacon, and shredded iceberg lettuce

Tequilaberry Salad (Vegan Version)

When I lived in Minnesota for a few years during childhood, this Tequilaberry salad was “the” salad. It was the only salad anyone ever came close to eating — although as any true midwesterner knows, “salad” is very loosely defined. Cookies, jell-o, and marshmallows frequently find their way into what the rest of the country wouldn’t dream of calling a salad. Luckily, you won’t find anything stomach churning in this recipe!

What Is Tequilaberry Salad?

Tequilaberry salad is a traditional midwestern salad containing iceberg lettuce, bacon, parmesan, and cauliflower with a mayo-based dressing. It contains neither tequila nor berries, but rather, originated in an iconic cafe in Coon Rapids, Minnesota called Tequilaberry’s Restaurant. Although no longer open, this salad was apparently their signature dish.

Here I’ve put a plant-based spin on the old-fashioned dish. This goes really well with something hearty and meaty. Think vegan fried chicken or plant-based meatloaf.

Iceburg lettuce, raw cauliflower florets and vegan bacon give the salad a nice crunch. The creamy, mayo-based dressing binds it together and the parmesan adds extra layers of umami.

This is usually the part of the show where I encourage you to create your own salad adventure, adding in extra toppings and veggies based on your tastes. But not so with this salad. It’s such a classic that changing any of the ingredients turns it into something else entirely.

While you can whisk together the dressing days in advance, make sure to actually assemble this salad immediately before serving. If you let it sit in the fridge for longer than a few hours, it begins to get soggy and watery, and loses its appealing crunch. As an alternate dressing option, try my hummus dressing.

More lunch inspiration:

Bowl of Tequilaberry salad with vegan parmesan, mayo, bacon, and shredded iceberg lettuce

Tequilaberry Salad (Vegan Version)

Iceberg lettuce, bacon, mayo, parmesan, and cauliflower make up this traditional Tequilaberry salad. Here, I've put a plant-based spin on it.
5 from 4 votes
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 4


For the dressing:
  • 1 cup vegan mayo
  • ¼ cup pure cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 small onion finely diced
For the salad:
  • 1 head iceburg lettuce chopped
  • A few leaves of romaine or boston lettuce for color (optional)
  • ½ head cauliflower chopped into small florets
  • 1 package vegan bacon
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan grated


  • To make the dressing, whisk all the ingredients together and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Cook the vegan bacon according to the package directions. Cool and chop into small bits.
  • When ready to serve, pour the dressing over the lettuce and cauliflower. Sprinkle in the bacon and parmesan and toss everything to evenly coat. Serve immediately.

Did you try this tequilaberry salad?

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