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Low-Carb German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad is a holiday tradition and my delicious Low-Carb German Potato Salad is served warm and has cauliflower, bacon, and shallots. Use Salad Recipes for more ideas like this one.

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It was my brother Rand who gave me the idea of a Low-Carb German Potato Salad made with cauliflower, telling me how warm German Potato Salad is a traditional holiday food for several families he knows. I’d never had this classic dish, but it sounded delicious and I was certainly game to experiment!

Of course I knew you can make a good mock potato salad with cauliflower since my Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad has been such a hit! And just like potato salad in America, German Potato Salad is a recipe where every family has their own version. So I ended up looking at recipes all over the web and experimenting with different combinations of ingredients to come up with the salad you see here.

The salad I ended up with has a generous amount of bacon and shallots cooked in some of the bacon grease for lots of bacon flavor. Besides the shallots we added sliced green onions for flavor and a slight crunch to the finished dish. We steamed the cauliflower until it was quite soft and drained it well, and then finished the salad by warming the cauliflower again in the hot dressing.

Kara and I made the final version of this salad on a day when we’d sampled several other recipes, so I was lucky enough to have some leftovers and I’m happy to report the salad reheated beautifully in a non-stick frying pan. If you’re trying stick with low carb foods during the holidays, maybe this Low-Carb German Potato Salad can become a holiday tradition in your family?

How to Cook the Cauliflower for Low-Carb German Potato Salad:

For this recipe you want cauliflower that’s quite soft, but not mushy and you don’t want it to be too wet when it’s added to the salad. I’d use a stovetop or electric vegetable steamer (affiliate link) and cook the cauliflower about 7 minutes, or until it feels soft when you pierce with a fork. If you don’t have a steamer you can cook the cauliflower in a pot of boiling water for about the same time. Whichever method you choose I would start to check after 6 minutes. And be sure to drained the cauliflower very well in a colander placed in the sink.

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How to Make Low-Carb German Potato Salad:

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  1. Dice bacon, heat frying pan, and cook until the bacon is completely crisp, stirring often. Remove bacon to a plate covered with paper towels. Let bacon drain well.
  2. Cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces while you bring water to a boil in the vegetable steamer (or a pan). 
  3. When water boils, add cauliflower and steam or boil for 7 minutes, or until cauliflower is soft but not mushy. (I would check after 6 minutes.)
  4. Drain cauliflower well in a colander placed in the sink.
  5. Chop up shallots to make 1/2 C. (See the shallot in the photo if you haven’t cooked with them before. They’re delicious but you can use red onion if you prefer.) Thinly slice green onions.
  6. Remove all but one tablespoon bacon grease from the pan, saving 2 tablespoons bacon fat for the dressing. Heat the one tablespoon bacon fat and cook the shallots until fragrant and starting to brown. Remove shallots to the plate with the bacon.
  7. Add dressing ingredients to the pan and cook until it’s almost starting to boil.
  8. Add the well-drained cauliflower into the pan with the hot dressing and cook 3-4 minutes, turning it over several times, until the cauliflower is steaming hot and well-coated with dressing.
  9. Turn off heat, add bacon and shallots, and stir to combine.
  10. Stir in green onions, season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve hot or warm.

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I think this would be a huge hit on a holiday buffet table. You could use a slow cooker to keep it warm if you like.

More Tasty Salads with Cauliflower:

Low-Carb Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Crunchy and Nutty Cauliflower Salad ~ Low-Carb, So Simple
This Low-Carb Marinated Cauliflower Antipasto Salad ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Cauliflower Picnic Salad ~ Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Feta, Capers, and Red Pepper ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen 

close-up photo Bacon and Shallot German Mock Potato Salad

Low-Carb German Potato Salad

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Low-Carb German Potato Salad is served warm like the original and has cauliflower, bacon, shallots, and a vinegar-mustard dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. cauliflower
  • 12 oz. thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
  • sea salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Dressing:

  • 2 T bacon fat (see notes)
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 T stone-ground mustard

Instructions

  1. Dice bacon and heat a very large frying pan over high heat. I used a deep non-stick frying pan that was 12 inches across.
  2. When the pan is hot add the diced bacon, turn heat to medium high, and cook until the bacon is completely crisp, stirring often.
  3. When bacon is completely crisp, turn off heat and remove bacon to a plate covered with a double layer of paper towels. Let bacon drain well.
  4. While bacon cooks, cut cauliflower into bite-sized pieces while you bring water to a boil in the vegetable steamer (or in a pan).
  5. When water boils, add cauliflower and steam or boil for 7 minutes, or until cauliflower is soft but not mushy. (I would check after 6 minutes.)
  6. Drain cauliflower well in a colander placed in the sink.
  7. Chop up shallots to make 1/c chopped shallots. (The shallots are delicious in this if you can find them but red onion will work.) Thinly slice green onions.
  8. Remove all but one tablespoon bacon grease from the pan, saving 2 tablespoons bacon fat for the dressing.
  9. Heat the one tablespoon bacon fat over medium-high heat and cook the shallots until they are fragrant and starting to brown. Remove shallots from pan and put on the plate with the bacon.
  10. Add the other 2 tablespoons bacon fat, the red wine vinegar, and the stone-ground mustard to the frying pan and cook over medium heat until it's almost starting to boil.
  11. Add the well-drained cauliflower into the pan and cook 3-4 minutes, turning it over several times, until the cauliflower is steaming hot and well-coated with dressing.
  12. Turn off heat, add bacon and shallots, and gently stir to combine.
  13. Stir in green onions, season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, and serve hot or warm.

Notes

You need 3 or 4 large shallots, or use red onion if you prefer. If you prefer, you can use olive oil instead of bacon fat for the dressing. This salad is delicious served hot or warm, and leftovers reheated beautifully in a non-stick frying pan.

Most of the fat in the bacon is discarded, so total fat shown in the nutritional information is higher than what you are actually going to eat.

I created this recipe with Kara after we looked at German Potato Salad recipes all over the web and experimented quite a few times to come up with a low-carb version with cauliflower that we thought was just right!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 1079mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Carb German Potato Salad is a great dish for low-carb and Keto diet plans. This would be high in fat for the South Beach Diet, although you can definitely use less bacon or use turkey bacon if you wanted to try it that way.

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    5 Comments on “Low-Carb German Potato Salad”

  1. Great recipe, but it’s NOT Potato Salad. The name of the dish is deceiving. Perhaps it’s a “Mock German Potato Salad”, but it sure sounds yummy to me!

  2. Loved this recipe. As I am an Indian and we love spices and tangy flours, I added extra chili powder and lemon juice to it. So I had this recipes in two different flavors. Thank you!

  3. Where are the nutritional facts