Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad Recipe

July 29, 2016
Looking for a lower-carb option for your beloved potato salad?  This Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad recipe is for you!
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Raise your hand if you love potato salad!  Mmmmm, hmmmmm ... I'm right there with all of you who shot your hand straight up as fast as it would possibly move.

Now ... raise your hand if sometimes you just don't want all the carbs that come along with  that scrumptious potato salad!  Yes, my hand is right up there, too.

Fortunately, if you'd like a lower-carb option for your beloved potato salad, this Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad recipe works as a great alternative.

I have a tendency to totally crash if I eat a lot of carbs early in and throughout the day.  My energy gets low, my get-up-and-go is gone, and I just feel all-around lethargic.  So I do truly try to be mindful of my carbs, relegating the majority of my carb eating to dinner time.

I just feel a whole lot better when I eat that way.

If you'd like a lower-carb option for your beloved potato salad, this Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad recipe works as a great alternative.

And that's why I love this Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad recipe.  With the use of cauliflower instead of potatoes as the base, it's a much lower-carb option I feel better about enjoying any time of the day.

So if I happen to have a hankering for some potato salad at lunch time, this no-potato cauliflower version lets me satisfy that craving without going for those higher-carb potatoes.  I can hold onto my get-up-and-go all throughout the afternoon!

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Now, I know some of you are probably thinking "No way ~ there's no way a mock potato salad made with cauliflower can possibly be good."

Oh, rest assured ~ it is  good!

In terms of flavor, the Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad recipe is pretty dead-on for a match with classic egg-and-mustard potato salad.  As a side alongside that perfectly grilled hot dog?  Perfect.

And the look?

Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad sure doesn't look mock.  It looks like actual-potato potato salad for sure, don't you think?

Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad image

The one place this recipe isn't quite as close to regular potato salad is in texture.

Truth be told, the only way to truly get that soft-and-creamy-potato texture when you bite into potato salad is to ... well ... use potatoes.  I do very much enjoy this salad's texture, though.

The cauliflower is indeed soft, but it's just not as tender-creamy as potatoes, to be 100% honest with you.

Oh, rest assured ~ it is  good!

So if you'd like to enjoy a lower-carb version of potato salad, or are {like me} a lover of cauliflower ... this Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad recipe is for you.

It's the perfect not-potato potato salad to go along with that perfectly grilled summer dog.

'Potato' Salad Made with Cauliflower image



Cauliflower Mock 'Potato' Salad Recipe
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3 T. mayonnaise
  • 3 T. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. sweet pickle relish
  • 1 T. finely chopped onion {Vidalia onion, if available}
  • 1 T. mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add chopped cauliflower; cover and cook for 5 minutes. Drain in a large colander and rinse under cold water to cool and stop the cooking process.
  2. Combine cauliflower and all remaining ingredients. Chill for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  3. When ready to serve, taste and adjust salt and pepper as desired.

Enjoy!


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30 comments

  1. Wow cauliflower has recently become my favorite veggie- there's so many thing you can do with it!!! I'm vegan, so I would pass on the eggs, but I think otherwise this could be made dairy-free. I can see my mom really enjoying this. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Cauliflower certainly is a very versatile vegetable! I love it, too. And love using it in different ways. Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy.

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  2. So I made this this morning with a couple of changes. I don't care for sweet relish, but had no dill relish, so I chopped up about 10 dill pickle slices. I added about 1 teaspoon of capers, grated (instead of chopping) a little onion and 2 slices of cooked bacon crumbles. I lightly seasoned and roasted the chopped cauliflower for about 20-30 minutes. I added a little cajun seasoning, dill and parsley to the dressing mixture. I have already ate quite a bit at room temperature. I'm trying to wait and try it out once chilled. YUMMY!!! Thanks!

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  3. I love cauliflower!!! This looks super yum!

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  4. Am I missing it? I cannot find the nutritional info for this recipe. How "low-carb" is it? What is the carb count per serving size?

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    1. I am not a nutritionist, and therefore do not publish nutritional info on my site.

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  5. YUMMY! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  6. YUMMY! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  7. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday. Hope you enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Hellmans now makes an eggless mayo.

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    2. You can make mayo with aquafaba, the brine from a tin of chickpeas. Just search on google or pintrest, lots of recipes :)

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  9. It really is good this has been added to my Cauli recipes YUM. I added a bit of Garlic POWDER, Onion POWDER (not granulated&labeled as powder) to it and added black olives (bcuz I don't like relish) to the mayo.

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  10. I love cauliflower and use it everywhere in place of potatoes. Now I have one more dish. I am on a low carb diet so this will work great.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  11. I love a good potato salad, but using cauliflower is genius! The dressing looks spot on as well, yum! Pinned for later!

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  12. It really does look authentic and without all the potato carbs! Perfect..

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  13. I make a similar mock potato salad using cauliflower the one thing I noticed is that it doesn't soak up the liquid like potatoes do. So I actually cook two heads of cauliflower and most of one of them I blend so it is like pptatoes that have broken down in cooking. This helps soak up the liquid and I have fooled many who have tried it. They can't believe it's not potatoes.

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  14. I make a similar mock potato salad using cauliflower the one thing I noticed is that it doesn't soak up the liquid like potatoes do. So I actually cook two heads of cauliflower and most of one of them I blend so it is like pptatoes that have broken down in cooking. This helps soak up the liquid and I have fooled many who have tried it. They can't believe it's not potatoes.

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  15. I make a similar mock potato salad using cauliflower the one thing I noticed is that it doesn't soak up the liquid like potatoes do. So I actually cook two heads of cauliflower and most of one of them I blend so it is like pptatoes that have broken down in cooking. This helps soak up the liquid and I have fooled many who have tried it. They can't believe it's not potatoes.

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  16. I followed the recipe and tasted the dressing before adding the eggs and didn't care so much for the sour cream taste. So I remade the dressing using 6TBSP of mayo instead. I liked it so much better. Well this taste just like potato salad no but a great substitute if you been doing low carb for awhile you will understand that statement. To me it the eggs that helps fool the mind��

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  17. Cauliflower is a great substitution for the high carb potato. I've made just about anything and everything you can make with cauliflower. I make mine with mayo no sour cream. Your recipe and presentation sound wonderful

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  18. YUM! I love cauliflower everything and this looks amazing!

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  19. Oh wow does that look wonderful! Thanks for joining the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. I hope you made some new friends and had fun!

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  20. For some reason, I always liked the taste of potato salad, but not the texture.
    I much prefer the texture of the cauliflower version! And it is absolutely delicious.
    Perfect for lunch boxes and picnics too.
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  21. I really enjoyed reading. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. sooo yummy recipe i must try this weekend

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  23. wow, this dish looks delicious, i also want to try it, thank you for sharing the way.

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