Loaded Cauliflower Potato Salad – (5 Net Grams)


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Loaded Cauliflower Potato Salad

Cauliflower РMy Unsung Hero

I really love the incredible versatility and nutritional density that is cauliflower. Raw, steamed, mashed, broiled, pureed or just about any other way you choose to prepare it. It lends itself to being a wonderfully comforting and healthy alternative to that high starch vegetable, the potato. With summer quickly approaching potato salad is a summer time staple. I have always enjoyed this classic favorite when the sweltering heat makes it uncomfortable to be fiddling around in the kitchen.

 

Reasons I love It

I was surprised to learn just how potentially beneficial to my health adding this little dynamo could be.  Cauliflower is recognized as one of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables. It is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich. This I learned, could potentially boost my heart and brain health. More importantly for me though is its nutritional density. By including it into my food rotation I am providing my body with an impressive amount of vitamin C, vitamin k, beta-carotene, and so much more including helping to improve my overall digestive health. Who knew.

Layers of Flavor and Appeal

One thing I found myself missing as summertime approached was a really good, low carb, potato salad. This prompted me to recreate something reminiscent from my childhood. Like a potato, cauliflower is relatively neutral in the flavor department. It depends on a supportive cast of characters that elevate it from being ho hum and ordinary to extraordinary.

I infused my version with bite after delicious bite of¬†flavor enhancing elements. ¬†I added bacon, a little red onion, celery and red bell pepper. These additions not only¬†provide layers of¬†flavor, but are also there to provide¬†the textural elements that¬†I love, love, love.¬†My hope in recreating this bowl of delicious comfort¬†is that¬†when you give it¬†try, you¬†won’t¬†find yourself missing that which inspired it. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing.

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Loaded Cauliflower Potato Salad
A deliciously savory cauliflower adaptation of this classic summertime favorite. It is loaded with flavor and has plenty of added crunch so that you won't find yourself missing that which inspired it.
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours Chill Time
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2/3 Cup Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
Passive Time 2 Hours Chill Time
Servings
2/3 Cup Servings
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Cut up your cauliflower into small bite size pieces about the same size as you would cut up a potato for a traditional potato salad. Place your cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl. Place a lid on your container, but make sure it is able to vent the steam generated from from cooking or cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap. Cook on high for 8-10 minutes or until your cauliflower is cooked to your desired level of doneness. I like mine with a little bit of a bite, but feel free to cook it a little longer if you like it with a little less firmness. When its done set it aside to cool off a bit.
  2. Place all your veggies, eggs and bacon in to a large mixing bowl. Combine all your wet ingredients along with the spices and mix throughly. Add the cooked cauliflower to your veggies and then gently fold in the dressing. When your done folding in the dressing chill your salad (covered) in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to blend all the flavors.
  3. When you are ready to serve, sprinkle it generously with some Spanish paprika and then sit back and enjoy watching as everyone gobbles this deliciousness down. Better hurry though or there might not be any left for you.
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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts - Calculated using My Fitness Pal
Servings: 8 - 2/3 Cup Servings

Calories: 206

Fat 17g, Cholesterol 89mg, Sodium 445mg, Potassium 335mg, Total Carbs 7g, Fiber 2g, Sugars 4g,
Protein 6g, Net Grams 5g

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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

2 Comments

  1. Hello Mike: First may I say that your recipes look amazing and I can’t wait to delve in and them, one by one.
    My question is, when you list carb count on some your recipes and net grams, are you referring to that as carbs also?
    The recipe above says 5 net grams.

    • Hey Carol, 5 Net is the final carb count per serving. The recipe will list a total at the bottom in the notes and then I subtract fiber to get net. If it contains sugar alcohol I will also subtract that as well. Thanks and enjoy!

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