Sweet and Tangy UnPotato Salad

Sweet-and-Tangy UnPotato Salad

1/2 cauliflower head
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup extra light olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons pickle juice from sugar-free bread and butter pickles
1 teaspoon salt or vege sal
Tabasco sauce to taste -- a few dashes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 small green bell pepper, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1/4 cup chopped sugar-free bread and butter pickles
3 hard-boiled eggs

First, whack the bottom of the stem and all the leaves off your cauliflower, and cut it into 1/2" chunks. Put 'em in a microwave steamer (handy item!) or microwaveable casserole with a lid. Add a couple of tablespoons of water, cover, and nuke on high for 10 minutes.

While that's happening, mix together your mayo, olive oil, garlic, pickle juice, salt, and Tabasco. This is your dressing.

Chop up all your other veggies, and peel and coarsely chop your eggs.

Somewhere in here, the microwave will beep. Take the lid off the cauliflower and let it cool at least 5-10 minutes before...

Draining it well, and combining it with the veggies and dressing. Stir it all up. Now gently stir in the chopped eggs; you want to preserve some hunks of yolk, instead of having them all just blend into the dressing.

Chill for several hours, to let the flavors blend, then serve.

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Assuming 6 servings, each will have: 231 Calories; 22g Fat ; 5g Protein; 6g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 4 g usable carb

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Microwave Timing & Cauliflower Texture

What is the intended texture of the cauliflower? If I nuke cauliflower for 10 minutes on high in my microwave, it might be good for mashed cauliflower but I don't think it would do for an unPotato salad. I nuke for 3-4 minutes when I do a batch of micro-steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots.

Although you may just be using larger cauliflowers than I am used to. I doubt half a head of one of the cauliflowers I use would be sufficient for 6 servings. About how many cups of cauliflower chunks are you starting with?

This sounds delicious. I will give it a try.


The cauliflower should be tender but not mushy and sulfurous, but hey, it's your salad, make it the way you like it! Too, microwaves vary in power, so you do have to figure out what works in yours. Still, I don't think 3-4 minutes would be enough; in my microwave that would still be crunchy.

Yes, I buy darned big cauliflowers. Haven't measured the cups, though. I'd guess at least three or four...