I must admit prior to changing to a keto diet I loved a little bit of potato salad. This is a fabulous low carb cauliflower salad recipe that will satisfy your old potato salad days.
bowl of cauliflower salad on a blue wood backdrop

What we love in a salad apart from taste are ease and versatility. This delicious Keto Potato Salad can be served hot or cold and you will see the empty plates as a special thank you.

You may know I am not a lover of cauliflower so when I develop a keto cauliflower recipe it has to be a good one. This my friends is pretty damn special!

Keto Potato Salad

I have aptly called this cauliflower salad a Keto Potato Salad, basically because it is just like one.

There are just so many keto cauliflower recipes on the internet at the moment so it is hard to find the best one I am sure. Personally, I love simple and quick and easy recipes. This is one of those recipes that delivers big on flavour too.

The Ingredients

What is in my low-carb potato salad that makes this a special recipe?

Nothing but simple to source ingredients with many that you probably have kicking around in your kitchen right now. Feel free to add some of your own “extras” to pimp it to your personal taste.

Cauliflower – cut into florets (broccoli would also work well in this recipe). Use fresh or frozen cauliflower

Cream cheese – cream cheese is used to help make the cauliflower taste more neutral.

Ranch Dressing using ranch instead of mayonnaise or just plain sour cream adds so much flavour to the salad.

How to Make It

This is such a simple recipe. For our Thermomix® users, I have also created this to be the easiest and best Thermomix cauliflower salad recipe. Here is how to make it with some extra tips.

Chopped cauliflower on

Step 1. Chop into florets. Cut the core into small pieces too. No need to waste any of the cauliflower.

Cauliflower florets in a thermomix steaming basket

Step 2. Steam the cauliflower in a double boiler until just softened.

Alternatively, steam cauliflower in the Thermomix / 15 minutes/120°C/speed 2.

Step 3. While the cauliflower is steaming, hard boil the eggs and cook bacon.

Step 4. Chill cauliflower before combining with remaining ingredients.

Alternative Hot Cauliflower Potato Salad: If you want it more like a keto potato bake, preheat oven to 180℃. Mix all ingredients, reserving half the cheese. Transfer to baking dish and sprinkle with reserved cheese. Bake 20-25 minutes or until it is hot and nice and golden on top.

Next Recipes To Try

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  2. Easy Keto Beef Lasagna
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  4. The Best Chinese Cabbage Salad
  5. Taboule Salad
Massive bowl of keto potato salad / cauliflower salad

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Keto Potato Salad with Cauliflower

I must admit prior to changing to a keto diet I loved a little bit of potato salad. This is a fabulous low carb cauliflower salad recipe that will satisfy your old potato salad days.
5 from 60 votes!
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Australian
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 268.23kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 6 people
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  • 400 g (4 cups) cauliflower cut into florets
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup (½ cup) sour cream or thickened cream
  • ½ cup (½ cup) Ranch Dressing click link for recipe
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) pickled jalapeños chopped
  • ½ cup (½ cup) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices (4 slices) streaky bacon sliced and cooked until crispy
  • 2 (2) hard boiled eggs diced
  • 2 tablespoons (2 tablespoons) fresh chives finely sliced



  • Steam cauliflower for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, place into microwave-safe dish and add a couple of tablespoons of water. Cover with cling film and cook on high for 10-15 minutes, or until just tender. Allow to cool.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir through cooled cauliflower. Serve


  • Pour 600g of water into mixing bowl and insert the steaming basket. Place cauliflower florets into basket. Steam 15 min/120°C/speed 2. Set aside to cool. Discard water.
  • Place the cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing and jalapeños into mixing bowl. Mix 15 sec/speed 4. Scrape and repeat if needed. Pour cream mixture over cauliflower and stir through cheese, bacon, egg and chives. Serve.


To serve hot
Preheat oven to 180℃. Place potato salad into a medium baking dish.
Air fryer cauliflower can also be used in this recipe. It will add a tasty roasted flavour for something different.
Cover in extra cheese and bake 20-25 minutes or until warm through and cheese has melted.
Keto Potato Salad can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.
Serve on top of a pie or lasagna for a delicious topper!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1serve | Calories: 268.23kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.24g | Protein: 9.03g | Fat: 23.98g | Saturated Fat: 12.31g | Cholesterol: 127.24mg | Sodium: 313mg | Potassium: 302.91mg | Fiber: 1.42g | Sugar: 2.15g | Vitamin A: 796.6IU | Vitamin C: 33.05mg | Calcium: 120.12mg | Iron: 0.73mg | Magnesium: 18.95mg | Net Carbs: 4g
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54 responses to “Keto Potato Salad”

  1. Michelle

    5 stars
    Wow, this looks amazing! The perfect low carb side dish, can’t wait to try it.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      I hope you enjoy Michelle

  2. Katie Crenshaw | A Fork’s Tale

    5 stars
    I love everything in this low carb salad. The additions of cheese and bacon in this recipe makes this recipe OUTRAGEOUS! Can’t wait to try it.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Katie. Let us know what you think x

  3. Karen bishop

    Yummo! Love Megans recipes.

    1. Megan

      Thanks Karen. I love hearing that you are enjoying the recipes.

  4. Chareen

    That looks AMAZING!

  5. Serena

    MUST try this!!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Serena.

  6. Jacquie Z


    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Jacquie for letting me know x

  7. Lucy D

    Love this recipe.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Lucy x

  8. Rebecca Boag

    So good!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks for checking and letting me know Rebecca x

  9. Sharon

    5 stars
    This keto potato salad looks so delicious! I love the addition of pickled jalapeños to it too to make it spicy.

    1. Thank you Sharon. We are big fans of Jalapeños, we grow our own.

  10. Katie

    5 stars
    This is the best cauliflower substitution – of anything – that I’ve ever had! Seriously amazing.

    1. Thank you Katie. We tend to agree !

  11. Anita

    5 stars
    This tastes like the real deal. No one knows it doesn’t have any potato in it. 🙂

    1. If we don’t tell them, they will never know. 🙂

  12. Shadi Hasanzadenemati

    5 stars
    We made this the other day and everyone loved it.

    1. Thank you for trying the recipe Shadi. I am glad it was a success.

  13. Irina

    5 stars
    This is a great idea to use cauliflower to make a salad! I have never thought of this. I am gonna make this salad tonight!

    1. I hope you enjoy it Irina. It’s certainly a favourite around our house.

  14. Dannii

    5 stars
    What a great way to have a low carb potato salad.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Dannii,

  15. Danielle Wolter

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to show this recipe to my mom, she would absolutely love it! What a creative idea to use cauliflower.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      It is so good Danielle. Let us know if your mum loves it

  16. Brian Jones

    5 stars
    This was delicious, I’m not a carb dodger but love cauliflower so made this anyway and loved it!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Awesome Brian! I am so glad you loved it

  17. Natalie

    5 stars
    I love potato salad! Looks so delicious and creamy ♥

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      And without the potato too Natalie

  18. Farah

    5 stars
    This is so clever! Using cauliflower-would never have thought of it and yet it makes perfect sense! Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Enjoy Farah! It is pretty good even if I do say so myself

  19. Sue

    5 stars
    This is the best faux food I have eaten. No one guessed it had no spuds in it. Will be a regular in our house especially during the summer months.

  20. Lynda

    5 stars
    Wow I used to love a great potato salad and since being on a keto way of living I thought I would never enjoy it again.
    Wow was I wrong.
    Best faux potato salad ever !!!
    I didn’t tell my husband what he was eating and when he said ‘I thought we couldn’t eat potato’
    I just had a moment of bliss.
    Try this recipe. I can honestly say we will be having this on many nights over the summer months.
    Thanks Megan for another great recipe that we will enjoy for months to come 😍😍

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Lynda for some awesome feedback.

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