Keto Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad

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Summer is filled with BBQ’s and cookouts and one of my favorite side dishes has always been potato salad. We’re switching the classic salad up today with this low-carb Jalapeño Popper “Potato” Salad. This keto friendly side dish uses cauliflower as the swap for the traditional “potato”.

By cutting the cauliflower into 1 inch cubes and roasting just until tender, they take on the texture of potatoes. We’re kicking things up a notch by adding in some jalapeño popper flavors with smoky bacon, crisp green onions, tangy pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and a little mayonnaise. I also added a fresh jalapeño for a little crunch. This is one side dish everyone will love!

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Nutritional values (per serving)

6 grams 3.5 grams 8.9 grams 24.4 grams 7.9 grams 273 calories
Total Carbs9.5grams
Net Carbs6grams
of which Saturated7.9grams
Magnesium31mg (8% RDA)
Potassium552mg (28% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (9%), protein (13%), fat (78%)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 2 lbs (900 g) cauliflower, cut into 1-inch (2 cm) cubes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (113 g)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (110 g/ 3.9 oz) - you can make your own
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (56 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños, minced (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • 3 green onions, minced (45 g/ 1.6 oz)
  • 5 slices cooked bacon, crumbled (40 g/ 1.4 oz - cooked, about 75 g/ 2.7 oz raw)
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, thinly sliced (14 g/0.5 oz)
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  1. Preheat oven to 190 °C/ 375 °F and line a baking sheet with parchment. Arrange the bacon in a single layer and cook 15-20 minutes until crisp. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Keto Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad
  2. Clean the baking sheet and cover with a new piece of parchment. Arrange the cauliflower in a single layer and cook 20-25 minutes until tender. Let cool. Keto Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad
  3. In a large bowl stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt, shredded cheese, pickled jalapeños, green onions, bacon, and fresh jalapeños. Keto Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad
  4. Add in the cooled cauliflower and toss to combine. Keto Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad Chill until ready to serve. Keto Jalapeño Popper Potato Salad
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With a focus on mindful and sustainable living she aspires to show her audience that healthy eating doesn't have to be boring, complicated, or tasteless and that healthy living is all about getting in touch with yourself and your surroundings.

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Comments (3)

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OMGosh!  I made this to take for a T'day dish and it's totally awesome.  Can't wait for everyone to try it!  TY so much for sharing!  😘


I always love your recipes and guides - but this one is particularly good just because it is so different. Varying up food is always a good thing and that makes eating healthy so much more interesting and enjoyable.