It’s potato salad season. But… ugh… sometimes I know my body doesn’t want all the starch of potatoes. Do I suffer? Nope, I just make this cauliflower no potato salad. It’s truly as good as the real thing. I dare you to make it and not love it… are you in?
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good mayonnaise-y potato salad?
I could eat buckets of creamy, starchy, old-fashioned potato salad. But then I would feel like garbage. I’d be bloated and tired and just, icky. Yes, icky. Maybe it’s not a technical or medical term, but it’s accurate.
I use cauliflower for so many things. I now use it as a thickener in my smoothies. For pizza crusts. For gnocchi. For rice. More a mashed potato substitute… so why not for a faux — or no — potato salad…
It’s not that potatoes don’t have their nutritional benefits. I don’t want to dis the humble tater. I do love ’em and they do happen to be pretty good for digestion, but since I am pretty expert at reading bodies and what they need at the present moment, I’m gonna say no to potatoes for me while it’s so humid outside because I just know they are going to weight me down too much.
But cauliflower… well, that’s a different story. When you make this cauliflower no potato salad you can expect to reap all of the health benefits of this awesome vegetable. Cauliflower can help reduce inflammation in your body and it can even help with memory loss!
Okay, so we all know cauliflower is good for us. But, what’s not as obvious, is that when you make cauliflower potato salad, you are making something that is extraordinarily delicious. It’s still got the mayo — I like to use a healthy avocado oil mayo or a chickpea-based aquafaba (see the recipe below for more details). And, it’s got bacon and hard boiled eggs and onion and peas… oh my! I made a huge bowl of this and then ate it every day for lunch. And maybe as a snack too…
I rationalized that eating so much of this was fine because I did add superfoods to the recipe — there are hemp seeds mixed in and they are awesome!
So, if you are looking to do a healthy re-set for your summer comfort foods, this recipe’s a must. And, if you are looking for a more inclusive healthy reset, just click the link at the top of this page and get your free ebook and schedule your free phone consultation with me. Summer is here!
If you are looking for another awesome way to use cauliflower, try my Strawberry Cauliflower Smoothie recipe.
The first time I every saw a recipe like this was many years ago on My Delicious Meals and I’ve made it many times over the years.
Here are some of the awesome healing ingredients in this cauliflower no potato salad recipe:
I use cauliflower for breads, crusts, rice… everything. It can be used in so many forms… and, it’s really good for you. In Chinese medicine we use it to aid in digestion and help with constipation. One of the things I find most amazing about this cruciferous vegetable is it’s ability to help with age-related memory loss (My menopausal friends will appreciate this benefit!). It contains a healthy amount of Vitamin B, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids and can help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease. Cauliflower also helps the body with detoxification and with reducing inflammation.
Green peas are good for the digestion, especially if you are feeling constipated. In the olden days, people used to drink pea juice with their meals to avoid indigestion.
Hemp seeds are a superfood. They are high in protein, easily digestible, and contain a full complement of amino acids. They contain disease-fighting phytonutrients that are good for your blood, immune system, tissues and skin. Hemp contains a specific fatty acid that acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also helps balance hormones, making it a great choice to fight the symptoms of PMS. This super seed is also good for your liver and your brain.
Onions are great for your immune system; they are a natural antihistamine. In the winter, I eat lots and lots of onions… I guess I should feel sorry for the people close to me! During cold and flu season, I recommend onions to everyone, and in lots of ways and forms; they actually can rid the body of bacteria.
Eggs are awesome. I am a big proponent of eating the whole egg. So many of the nutrients and the taste are in the yolk; I’ll never understand separating nature’s perfect food. Eggs help with many types of dryness in the body. If you have a dry cough or a frog-in-your-throat, try eating some eggs. They have also been shown to help women with various conditions during and after pregnancy. Some people consider eggs to be a superfood. They contain a large amount of vitamins A and B and are a great source of protein. Eggs sometimes get a bad rap because of cholesterol, but it’s been shown that in 70% of people, eggs do not raise cholesterol, so don’t assume they are bad for you. Buy organic eggs and you are really doing the right thing.
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- 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets and boiled or steamed until just starting to get tender, then rinsed under cold water
- 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 2 eggs, boiled for 7 minutes, peeled and chopped
- heaping ½ cup healthy mayonnaise (or more or less, depending on how big your cauliflower head is) -- I used an avocado oil mayonnaise
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- juice of ½ a lemon
- sea salt and black pepper, to taste
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- ⅔ cup frozen green peas, thawed
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Stir well.
- That's it!