Low-Cal Creamy Cauliflower Salad (Vegan & GF)

July 5, 2021
It’s barbecue season and what better way to celebrate the warm weather than with a bowl full of potato salad?

The problem? Not only are vegan potato salads difficult to come by, but also between the potatoes and the mayonnaise this side dish can wind up filling you up to the brim before you even get to the main meal.

This creamy cauliflower salad has all the yumminess and flavors of a traditional potato salad, but without the same calories or the dairy. One bite of this and you’ll wonder why you ever pined for potato salad in the first place.
creamy cauliflower salad in a white dish against a wooden table

Low-Cal Creamy Cauliflower Salad (Vegan & GF)

Recipe Type: Appetizers Detox Salads
utensils YIELDS 6 servings
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  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans recommended)
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 3–4 stalks of celery
  • 1 cup parsley
  • For the dressing
  • 2 avocados
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp water
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1. Thoroughly rinse and chop the cauliflower into bite-sized stalks, ideally around 1–2 inches tall.

2. In a large bowl, heat up water and salt, and boil the cauliflower for 5–7 minutes, or until tender when pressed with a fork.

3. While cauliflower is boiling, wash and chop the celery stalks into fine pieces. Add to a bowl with craisins and nuts.

4. Wash parsley and slice leaves off the steam, removing any remaining stems from the pile of parsley. Measure 1 cup and add to the nut, craisin, and celery mixture. Set aside.

5. In a smaller bowl, mash two avocados with onion powder, salt, 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp vinegar, and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Set aside.

6. Strain cauliflower and run through cold water to cool the cauliflower stalks. Combine with nut / craisin mixture.

7. Pour the avocado dressing on top, stirring until well combined and incorporated.

8. Chill in fridge and serve when cooled. 

Also by Dana: How To Create The Perfect Vegan Charcuterie

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Dana Drosdick
Dana is a marketer living in Saratoga Springs, NY with a passion for all things related to stewardship, faith, wellness, and personal enrichment. Her work has been featured in various Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, The Odyssey Online, and The Banner Magazine. Follow her at @danadrosdick on Instagram for foodie trends, her latest book recommendations, and far too many photos of clementines.


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