Sneaky Cauliflower Crunch Salad

Want a versatile dish that is easy to make and healthy all at the same time?

Sneaky Cauliflower Crunch Salad - MOMables.comCold pasta salads are a summer must at my house. Perfect for a get-together, as a side dish for something hot off the grill, and (my personal favorite) in the lunch box!

Cauliflower has always been one of my favorite vegetables; this low-calorie veggie is an excellent source of vitamins C and K, as well as antioxidants and fiber.

If you have picky eaters, it’s easy to sneak in because it’s crunchy, doesn’t have a strong flavor, and it’s not green!

I’ve been making this particular pasta salad since I was a teenager because it was easy to make with my then-limited kitchen skills. The concept is similar to that of macaroni and potato salad; it has simple ingredients and is always more delicious after being chilled for at least 2 hours.

I even make a gluten-free version of this recipe now, using corn or quinoa noodles. It’s easily adaptable to meet your gluten-free needs.


Sneaky Cauliflower Crunch Salad
 
This recipe yields approximately 10 to 12 half-cup servings.
Author:
Cuisine: Sides
Ingredients
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles or noodle of choice
  • 2 cups diced cauliflower pieces, about ½-inch bites
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or whipped salad dressing
  • 1 cup canned, drained sweet peas or frozen sweet peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons Zatarain's Big & Zesty Garlic & Herb Creole Seasoning, or other Italian Herb Seasoning
  • Optional add-ins: crispy bacon pieces, diced ham, diced sweet red pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta per the package directions. Rinse, cool, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the noodles, cauliflower, and carrot.
  3. Add the mayonnaise, and mix until the noodles and vegetables are coated.
  4. Add in the peas and seasonings, then lightly mix once more. Add optional ingredients, if using.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for approximately 2 hours. Serve.
 

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About Keeley McGuire

Keeley is our resident allergy friendly contributor. She is a full-time working mom to one little girl who loves her homemade lunches. In her personal blog, KeeleyMcGuireBlog, she shares her gluten free and peanut free recipes, her love for her crockpot, and the occasional craft.