Potatoless Potato Salad
Potatoes are great…when you add butter, or when you make a creamy potato salad slathered in mayonnaise. But mixing carbs with fat is the worst thing if you are looking to trim down like me. I’ve found a solution that has the same taste as potato salad but almost no carbs. I used steamed cauliflower as a potato substitute. With a few other finely diced veggies and about half the mayonnaise, this was a reasonable (and potatoless) version of what I really wanted, (to be perfectly honest, what I really want is a doughnut with chocolate icing and sprinkles, and a scoop of mint chip ice cream ) but this is a great way to cheat on my diet without really cheating.
Here is what I used:
- 1 head of cauliflower, steamed (careful not to steam it into mushiness)
- 2 ribs of celery in tiny dice
- 1 scallion thinly sliced
- several green olives sliced
- 1 baby dill pickle in tiny dice
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper in tiny dice
- a dash or two each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons pickle juice
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- paprika to garnish
After steaming the cauliflower, allow it to chill completely in the refrigerator. When cool, cut it up in 1/2 inch chunks and throw them in a mixing bowl with the other diced veggies. Add the seasonings, then the mayonnaise and mustard. Stir everything together until everything is well coated. Add a little more mayonnaise if needed. To finish, sprinkle with a little paprika to make it diva pretty, and enjoy a diet friendly low carb treat at your next barbecue. It goes great with grilled foods.