Anyone remember the mashed cauliflower incident? (It's worth revisiting that blog post just for a laugh.) I only wish that I had captured the kids faces in pictures when they realized that I had served them mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. My kids STILL remind me of how cruel of a joke that was to play on them. I may never live that down. It's been almost a year and a half since I pulled the cauliflower prank on my family - I think it's time to pull another cauliflower/potato swap - don't you?
I found a recipe for faux potato salad in my Cooking Light magazine. My first thought was that it sounded delicious. I was curious about how a potato-less salad would taste and I knew that my family would get a kick out of another sneaky cauliflower dish.
Faux Potato Salad
1 head medium cauliflower, broken into florets
1 carrot, sliced
2 hard cooked eggs, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1 celery rib, sliced
1/4 pitted green olives, halved
1/4 cup chopped dill pickle
1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Bring 1 quart of water to a boil. Add cauliflower and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Pat dry with paper towels.
Add to cauliflower and toss to coat.
So it didn't take long for my family to realize that the bowl of potato salad that I put on the table, didn't actually have any potatoes in it. I recently forgot to put the chicken in a pot of chicken soup so they naturally assumed that I had just forgotten to add the potatoes to the salad. It took more than a little convincing to get them to understand WHY I had intentionally left out the main ingredient in the potato salad. Once they tried it, the review were mixed. Ben and I thought it was delicious. Yes, even Ben thought the potato-less potato salad was a hit. My daughter tasted a bite but it was obvious from her face that she wasn't a big fan. My son didn't want to have anything to do with my cauliflower salad. (Still upset about the previous incident I suspect.)
At only 61 calories and 2 grams of fat per serving, I can enjoy this faux potato salad without guilt.
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