Potato salad is a popular salad especially in summer when you are having barbecue aka braai and picnics. Potatoes are high in starch therefore not keto or any low carb diet friendly but does this mean we should not enjoy barbecue and picnics with others, definitely not. We can still enjoy our barbecue by replacing potato salad with cauliflower salad. Cauliflower is low in carbs and can easily be used in low carbs diet in place of potatoes, rice and pasta. A cup of potatoe salad has about 25g of net carbs but this keto cauliflower salad has just 3g. Cauliflower salad is the traditional potato salad made healthier and low carb.

Cauliflower salad is easy and quick to make. Just like potato salad you can add other ingredients of your choice for different flavours. These ingredients include bacon, onion, pickles,dill,etc. Cauliflower salad can be eaten on its own or served as a salad at barbecues or with keto pork chops or keto ginger steak

I like to make my keto cauliflower salad with simple and few ingredients but without compromising the taste. This salad is creamy and delicious especially when I leave it to chill in the fridge for more than 1 hour. Chilling the salad has the flavours to develop and improve the taste.

These are the ingredients I use for my keto cauliflower salad

cauliflower  – is low in carbs and a great substitute for Potatoes in this recipe.

boiled eggs – adds flavour and protein to the dish.

Mayonnaise– dressing the salad making it creamy. I like to use my homemade Mayonnaise because it is low carb but store bought can be used.

celery – adds flavour and a crunch texture to the salad.

onion – adds flavour. White or red onion can be used.

apple cider – low carb and adds flavour

salt, black pepper, paprika – adds flavour

Cauliflower salad is easy to prepare and this is how I do it.

Cauliflower salad is easy to make and this is how I do it;

start by cutting the cauliflower into small bite sized pieces and then steam the cauliflower until tender. I don’t want to steam it until very soft because it will end up being mashy. Alternatively a microwave can be used or boil on a stove top. Remember to drain water and Pat dry before use. Chop the boiled eggs, onion and celery and set aside. In a bowl whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider, salt, pepper and paprika. Add cauliflower, eggs, onion and celery to the dressing and mix until combined. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Other salad or cauliflower recipes to try;

keto egg salad

keto tuna salad

cheesy keto cauliflower casserole

Who said you should not eat bread while on keto diet? Get this keto bread book for Keto bread recipes

Ingredients for Keto Cauliflower’Mock Potato’Salad Recipe

1 head cauliflower

4 hard boiled eggs

2 stalks celery

1 onion

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon paprika

¼ teaspoon black pepper

Method For Keto Cauliflower ‘Mock Potato’ Recipe

1.Cut cauliflower into small bite size pieces, the smaller the better.

2. Boil water with salt and add cauliflower. Allow to cook until tender for about 3-5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain well and Pat dry to remove excess moisture and set aside.

3. Chop celery, eggs and onion and set aside.

4. In a bowl whisk Mayonnaise, apple cider, salt, pepper and paprika. Add the cauliflower, eggs, celery and onion.

5. Mix everything together until well combined and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


• Store bought cauliflower florets can be used for this recipe.

• Cook cauliflower before use to obtain the same texture as that of potatoes as this is a mock potato salad.

• Instead of boiling, a microwave or steamer can be used.

• Fresh cauliflower is best for this recipe.

6 thoughts on “Keto Cauliflower ‘Mock Potato’ Salad Recipe

  1. Chihuz, I love steamed cauliflower with microwave cheese sauce. Heat grated cheese, heavy cream, and butter in a glass measuring cup and stir. Sometimes I top with bacon crumbles. I got that idea from you!

    I enjoy stir-fried dishes served over riced cauliflower, cauliflower mashed “potatoes,” and raw cauliflower with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

    I am sure I will love cauliflower “potato” salad. I often substitute a mixture of sour cream and olive oil or coconut oil for mayonnaise, and I think I will try it that way.

    Thank you for your keto recipes. Very helpful. ❤ Take care!

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    1. Thank you very much Cheryl, you are so kind. I really appreciate your comments and I am glad my you find my recipes helpful.

      Steamed Cauliflower and microwave cheese sauce is such a quick m beeal to make after a long day.

      Thanks for sharing your Cauliflower salad recipe, I would love to try it maybe I will let go of the mayonnaise lol.

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