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No Potato Salad

No Potato Salad paleo recipe

This healthier gluten free potato salad is perfect for picnics and barbecues.  Replacing potato with cauliflower is a trick that I learned from the “low-carbers.”  And it is a good one!

In the winter, I often make mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes.  Now, in spring, it is wonderful to have this no potato salad made from cauliflower.  We’ll be having it tonight with grilled turkey burgers and green salad from our garden.

No Potato Salad


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 3-4 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs, hard boiled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  1. Chop cauliflower into small florets (½ inch)
  2. Steam cauliflower on the stove until fork-tender, not more or a stronger “cauliflower” smell develops
  3. Allow cauliflower to cool then place in a large bowl
  4. Add celery, onion, parsley and egg
  5. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard and salt
  6. Serve

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posted on May 11, 2009, 42 comments

  1. Heather @CeliacFamily @ celiacfamily.com

    This looks great. I love potato salad, but I think I’ll try this next time for a little variety. Thanks.

  2. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet @ thenourishinggourmet.com

    Lovely idea. I have relatives that are sensitive to potatoes, so this recipe would fit the bill for them! I’ve also grated cauliflower and pan fried it with a little ghee and salt for a delicious “fried rice”. It’s soooo good.

  3. Meagan

    OMG! I was craving potato salad yesterday, but haven’t made it since my daughter’s diagnosis. This is genius! I think I will make this tonight =) Thank you again! Meagan

  4. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    Cauliflower instead of potato is my fave substitution. This looks great and would be so much lighter than the regular.

  5. LK- healthy delicious @ healthy-delicious.com

    I’ve done cauliflower mash before, but I never thought to use it in a salad! this looks really good and so much lighter than potatoes. I’ll have to keep it in mind this summer.

  6. Alchemille @ alchemille.etsy.com

    I’m very much into cauliflower lately.
    I’ll surely give this recipe a try ;).

  7. Kristin

    A friend recently brought over a “potato” salad that subbed diced, raw jicama for the potatoes! It was great – very light and fresh. This sounds good too! Thanks,

  8. Tracy Haughton

    Yum! I’ll be making this soon.

  9. Oooh! Yummy! I miss potato salad, I will try this instead! Thank you!! :)

  10. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    I like potatoes, but have never really liked potato salad. I’ll try this version, Elana. Thanks!


  11. fantastic!! i’ve been craaaving potato salad and this will hit the spot. do think i’ll just make my own mayo to keep it sugarless and low-budget rather than buy the vegannaise. i’m going to make this for my graduation party this weekend- my family has been struggling trying to figure out how to cook for the group and still satisfy my candida-diet. :) this will go well with my bunless burger heh.

  12. Peggy Matthews

    Elana, I am one of possibly hundreds of visitors to your site who take freely from your efforts and enjoy the fruits of your labors without ever declaring ourselves to you with comments or posts or emails…it’s been many, many months now that I’ve enjoyed your recipes and blogs and I just wanted to let you know that I never let a new email from you go unopened, in spite of the copious number of emails I receive. I am a raw food enthusiast, so whenever your recipes are mostly raw I copy and save them for future occasions. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I marvel at how you can possibly find enough hours in the day to do all that you do!

  13. Eve

    This sounds yummy, Where do we find grapeseed ol veganaisse?

  14. Elizabeth

    Absolutely brilliant. I cannot wait to try this (replacing the eggs with extra firm tofu). Thank you, Elana!

  15. Jessica

    Brilliant idea!

    And you even linked to the grapeseed oil vegenaise!


  16. Brenda

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I have pre-ordered your book
    and look forward to receiving it.

  17. This looks delightful! Certainly a lovely alternative to the heavier potato salad

  18. Luci

    Elana, thank you for the source, Organic Direct! It’s right here in my city! The recipe looks great, too – I love cauliflower. Thank you!! ….now where’s my wallet?

  19. Jamie

    Just made this recipe as a side to our dinner of salmon and roasted asparagus and I keep eating it!! I have to restrain myself and save some for dinner. Very good Elana! Thanks for such a great recipe, and one that I was craving and didn’t even know it (since I don’t eat white potatoes anymore). De-lish!

  20. I love this idea. I have been on a cauliflower binge lately, using it in curries, mostly, and in a chickpea flour flatbread (yum) but this is just totally inspired. I will absolutely be making this this summer, but since I do eat eggs (and get them fresh from my own chickens) I’ll make it with a homemade garlic mayo. Delicious. As always Elana, your site is just full of the most wonderful and beautiful recipes…

  21. Heather -You are very welcome.

    Kimi -That sounds delicious; funny enough, I have a cauliflower in the fridge waiting to be made into a healthier rice myself!

    Meagan -You’re welcome, hope you and your daughter enjoy.

    Meghan -Yup, much lighter :-)

    LK -Yes, it’s great for those summer gatherings!

    Alchemille -Hope you are well, my dear!

    Kristin -That sounds so delicious.

    Tracy -Let us know how you like it :-)

    Rachel C -You’re welcome.

    Shirley -Hope you are well :-)

    Jess -Happy Graduation!

    Peggy -Dear, dear, dear Peggy. Thank you for your lovely comment, it is so sweet. I bet this salad would work with raw cauliflower :-)

    Eve -Just click on the link :-)

    Elizabeth -You are so welcome.

    Jessica -Yup, I did, thanks for noticing :-)

    Brenda -Oh, I do hope you enjoy my book!

    Jodye -Thanks!

    Luci -Hee hee.

    Jamie -Thanks, that sounds delicious.

    Paige -So nice to hear from you; I tried to contact you on facebook, did you get my message? Either way, hope you are well and loving upstate NY!

  22. Tamara

    Why not make your own mayonnaise? The grapeseed veganaise has brown rice syrup in it, it isn’t grain free.

  23. Great idea Tamara! Thanks so much for your comment.

  24. Sharla

    Elana….you are a genius! This is so delicious and healthy…thank you for another wonderful recipe!

  25. ~M

    Hi Elana,

    I’d like to hear the specifics on your cauliflower faux mashed potatoes. I actually once made a batch to encourage my husband to eat some cauliflower, and he liked it, but I didn’t (I prefer raw cauliflower). Still, I think with the right seasonings, we both might be happy!

    It’s not too early to say Shana Tova, is it? I’m already browsing for RH recipes. :)

  26. I made this dish for my women’s small group luncheon today, and it was a hit. Thank you!

  27. Sylvia Wildflower Smiles

    didn’t turn out quite like i had hoped. i followed all the directions right. I used a white onion and chopped it up in the food processor. It came out super bitter and a gassy aftertaste. i think maybe my onion released too much juice in the food processor and took over the salad flavor. maybe it was the kind of onion i used also. I fixed it with lemon juice, more salt, and a tablespoon of watered down agave…

  28. larry ziegler

    about how much does “one head of cauliflower” weigh?

  29. Kirsten

    Me and my mom are planning on making this with our dinner. Thank you for posting this.

  30. Samantha West

    This is a wonderful recipe – thank you! I use cauliflower in place of everything starch and don’t miss potatoes, pasta or rice.

  31. bob

    Thank you for this recipe. I was craving potato salad for so long after I found out I could’t eat potatoes anymore. Never thought of subbing cauliflower!

  32. OOH I can not wait to try this as spring approaches. It would also be great with shrimp salad, egg salad, tuna salad…you get the idea. I’m definitely on the smashed cauliflower band wagon, but have yet to branch out. Thanks for the great ideas!

  33. TeeDee

    I made this recipe using my own homemade mayo and two more hard-boiled eggs and hubby loved it (I did too, but I was most concerned about him liking it since he was a potato salad freak! :) Now, he prefers this by a mile, so thanks a million for sharing, Elana…

  34. KarenW

    This is now on my 4th of July menu!

  35. Fiona

    Delicious!! I made this yesterday and loved it. My husband, who at first scoffed at the idea of a ‘no potato’ potato salad, also loved it. All the ingredients work very well together. The only change I made was to use regular mayo but other than that I did everything as directed and I will definitely be making this recipe again. Thank you, Elana!

  36. Ericanortman

    Love this recipe!

  37. Oops! I wish I would have seen this recipe earlier this summer! I love potato salad, but using cauliflower sure eases any guilt. I have a head of cauliflower in the fridge — I’ll try the recipe tomorrow!

  38. julie

    This looks soooo yummy! BUT I cannot have soy and its in the veganaise. Does anyone have a suggestion for a sub?


  39. Elana, thank you so much. Lovely salad.

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