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No Potato (No-Tato) Salad

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Traditional potato salad doesn’t make the cut on the keto diet. Unfortunately for any potato lovers out there, those starchy root veggies are a recipe for blood sugar mayhem.

But where there’s a will, there’s a low-carb alternative.

Once again, the magical cauliflower comes in for the win. By using cauliflower florets instead of potatoes in this “no-tato”  or no potato salad, you get to enjoy your favorite BBQ side dish worry-free.

And just like the high-carb classic, this low-carb recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian.

This no potato salad is perfect for a summer cookout, BBQ, or pot luck. With tons of taste and crunch, this isn’t just a cauliflower salad — and it will definitely make it into your keto meal plan rotation.

This no potato salad recipe is:

  • Fresh
  • Satisfying
  • Flavorful
  • Delicious

The main ingredients are:

Optional additional ingredients:

3 Health Benefits of This Potato (No-Tato) Salad

#1: Protects Your Heart

Cauliflower is a fantastic source of the sulfur-containing compound sulforaphane. Sulforaphane exhibits both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity and may be protective against cardiovascular disease.

One of the main culprits responsible for cardiovascular disease is the process of oxidative stress.

While oxidative stress happens naturally in everyone’s body, you can combat too much of it by enhancing antioxidants and detox enzymes.

And that’s where sulforaphane may help. It can strengthen your defenses against heart disease by combating oxidative stress[*].

Sulforaphane can also induce more than a hundred different cytoprotective (cell protecting) proteins. Cytoprotective proteins include antioxidants and detoxification enzymes — all of which help remove harmful toxins from your cells.

#2: Enhances Gut Health

Celery contains an abundance of antioxidant compounds including flavonols, alkaloids, sterols, tannins, and volatile oils.

While antioxidants can exhibit a vast array of health benefits, the antioxidants in celery may have a targeted impact on the health of your gut lining. Specifically, the mucus that protects your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine.

By enhancing this mucosal layer, celery may help protect you from ulcers, which can lead to stomach pain, heartburn, nausea or vomiting, and host of other unpleasant symptoms[*].

#3: Supports Lean Muscle Mass

Everyone wants more lean muscles and less fat, right?

Exercise is an essential piece to the lean muscle mass puzzle, but nutrition plays an equally important role.

This point was made abundantly clear in a study done on volunteers with sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass due to aging).

When the volunteers supplemented with collagen protein, in combination with resistance training, they increased their lean muscle mass and strength. As a bonus — they also experienced more fat loss than the control group[*].

No Potato Salad, Aka No-Tato Salad

No Potato Salad

As BBQ season approaches, it’s a mad scramble for the keto-dieter to find the perfect side dish to go with that juicy steak or flavorful burger.

Sugar-free ketchup and yellow mustard have you covered when it comes to condiments, but what about the rest?

Gone are the days of burger buns, macaroni salad, and of course the beloved potato salad.

But guess who’s here to pick up the slack?

Low-carb hamburger buns, keto mac and cheese, and cauliflower potato salad. With all of these tested recipes, there’s never a reason to feel deprived while eating low-carb.

So next time your buddy calls for a BBQ, don’t think twice — this no-tato salad is a guaranteed favorite.

Are you ready for some delicious low-carb cauliflower salad? Grab a large bowl and gather your ingredients.


No Potato Salad, Aka No-Tato Salad

No Potato Salad

Sugar-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, no potato salad is a perfect keto alternative to traditional potato salad. Replacing the potatoes with cauliflower florets is just the start.

  • Author: Ayla Sadler
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x



  1. Mix the collagen into the mayo and set aside.
  2. Add all the ingredients, including the mayo and collagen, into a large bowl and, using your hands, mix to combine.
  3. Serve immediately or keep chilled until ready to serve.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 415
  • Fat: 35.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.8g (5.5g net)
  • Fiber: 4.3g
  • Protein: 25g

Keywords: No Potato Salad


2 thoughts on “No Potato (No-Tato) Salad

  1. This looks delicious! I’m just wondering about the function of the collagen in this recipe? Is it just to add the nutritional benefits of the collagen, or does it have some textural value. As a keto vegetarian (ugh, I knows right?) I don’t eat collagen. So if it helps with thickening, I might add some protein powder or ground chia. If it’s just for the nutrition, I could skip it, and make it up elsewhere. Thanks!!

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