If you like potato salad, but can do without all of the extra added carbs, try this Low Carb Cauliflower Picnic Salad instead!
It seems like everyone is getting on the cauliflower bandwagon by substituting this versatile vegetable in their favorite recipes. Even I have tried making pizza with it and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.
With picnic season on the horizon, it got me thinking about how I could update one of my favorite potato salad recipes to make it a little bit healthier and came up with this Low Carb Cauliflower Picnic Salad recipe.
I have to admit that even I was a bit apprehensive at first. Would the cauliflower taste good with mayonnaise? Can the cauliflower hold its shape or fall apart?
Would my picky teenager like it? And the answers were a resounding YES, YES and YES!
So much so that I even found her sneaking into the refrigerator to grab some on her own free will. A.k.a. without me saying "taste this for me" and getting that "face".
You know the ones that teenagers tend to make when you ask them to do something. 😉
How do you make Cauliflower Picnic Salad?
To make this recipe you'll need cauliflower cut down into florets, celery, scallions, white vinegar and mayonnaise. I only use Hellmann's Real mayo in my salads (or Best Foods for those of you in other parts of the country).
It's essentially tasteless so you taste your salad not the mayo. Not to mention it's thick and creamy. Start by steaming your cauliflower over a covered double boiler until the cauliflower is fork tender.
You want it to be soft, but not mushy. Add the cauliflower to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to cool it down.
While it's cooling, chop your celery and scallions; then make the dressing by combining the mayonnaise with the vinegar and whisking it together until it's creamy.
Here you can add salt and pepper as well to your liking, but since I put salt on everything I eat anyway, I usually forego adding it into my recipes because I'm just going to add more anyway!
Add the dressing, celery and scallions to the cooled cauliflower, mix well; then refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours. I prefer to refrigerate overnight so the dressing has time to adhere to the cauliflower. I do that with my potato salads too.
My family really liked this Low Carb Cauliflower Salad and I even brought it to my Bunco group for them to try as well. Those that tasted it loved it and couldn't wait for me to post the recipe.
This salad makes twelve ½ cup servings and has only 6 grams of carbohydrates and 143 calories; compared to one of my similar potato salad recipes which has 45 grams of carbs and 339 calories.
Amazing right?! And the funny part is that when you first bite into it you really think you are eating potato salad. Try bringing it to your next picnic. ~Enjoy!
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Low Carb Cauliflower Picnic Salad
- 1 Head cauliflower, cut into florets (approx. 10 cups)
- 3 stalks celery, washed and small dice
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Start by steaming your cauliflower over a covered double boiler until the cauliflower is fork tender; approximately 15 minutes. (You want it to be soft, but not mushy.)
- Add the cauliflower to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to cool it down.
- Next, chop your celery and scallions; then make the dressing by combining the mayonnaise with the vinegar and whisking it together until it's creamy.
- Combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
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Love the idea ! It seems to be perfect for my office lunch ! Thank you so much !
Carrie's Experimental Kitchen says
You're welcome! I hope you and your colleagues enjoy it as much as my family and friends did! 🙂