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Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam ‘Potato’ Salad

Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam 'Potato' Salad - This lower carb version has all of the same great flavors of our favorite potato salad!

My husband Jack and I are still following the Whole30 program – I’d estimate 95% of the time.  We feel great and both of us are seeing major health benefits by following this eating lifestyle.

It is delicious recipes like today’s Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam ‘Potato’ Salad that make it easy to stay on the plan and not feel like we’re missing out on our old favorite recipes!

Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam 'Potato' Salad - This lower carb version has all of the same great flavors of our favorite potato salad!

At a recent family birthday party, our daughter-in-law Danielle raved about a great potato salad recipe she made from cauliflower instead of higher-carb potatoes – and Jack’s eyes immediately lit up! Danielle shared the recipe she made with us (from this cookbook) – but Jack wanted to make his own version.

Now – if you’ve ever tried Jack’s earlier Potato Salad recipe – then you know that it is THE BEST potato salad ever! (Go ahead – click over to it, read the comments – then come back!)  So with that recipe in mind, Jack set out to recreate a Whole30 compliant version that would taste just as good.

Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam 'Potato' Salad - This lower carb version has all of the same great flavors of our favorite potato salad!

As you can tell from the title of this recipe – our Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam ‘Potato’ Salad swaps out the red potatoes in Jack’s original recipe, and swaps in lower carb cauliflower and white yams. Jack also recreated a Whole30-complaint dressing that matches the same wonderful flavors of his original popular recipe – creamy and zesty with a hint of sweetness.

This Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam “Potato” Salad is satisfying and delicious – and a recipe that anyone will enjoy even if you aren’t following the Whole30 program. We hope you’ll give it a try!

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Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam ‘Potato’ Salad

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 whole eggs in shell, brought to room temperature (eggs should be pasture-raised if possible to be Whole30 compliant)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 pound organic cauliflower florets, (organic to be Whole30 compliant)
  • ½ pound white yam, cubed into bite sized pieces
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup apple juice (only ingredients should be apples and water, to be Whole30 compliant)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s Organic if possible)
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard (ingredients should be mustard seed and salt, nothing else to be Whole30 compliant)
  • ½ cup Whole30 olive oil mayonnaise (see recipe here)
  • 1/3 cup sweet onion, minced

Instructions

  1. Bring a sauce pan of water to a boil with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and gently place the three whole eggs in without cracking the shells. Boil 5 minutes, turn off burner and let sit 15 minutes in hot water. After 15 minutes, drain water and shake pan to crack shells. Peel under cold water, chop and set aside.
  2. Place cauliflower and cubed yams in large sauce pan and cover with water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Simmer about ten minutes or until tender. Drain and leave in strainer draining.
  3. In a small sauce pan, bring apple juice to a boil and boil until reduced to one tablespoon. Watch closely. The mixture will be thick and sweet. Pour into a small bowl and add cider vinegar, white vinegar, celery salt, pepper, poppy seeds and Dijon mustard. Stir in mayonnaise and onions.
  4. Place drained, but still warm, cauliflower and yams in a large bowl.
  5. Add mayonnaise mixture and stir.
  6. Fold in chopped eggs and immediately refrigerate until chilled.

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Whole30 Cauliflower and Yam 'Potato' Salad - This lower carb version has all of the same great flavors of our favorite potato salad!

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  1. So you don’t mash the cauliflower or yam?

    • Hi Kathy – No – as you stir the salad together the yams may break up a bit, but the overall texture is meant to resemble a potato salad, not mashed potatoes. Hope that helps!