Cauliflower Salad Recipe

This Cauliflower Salad Recipe is so easy to make. You’re going to love the crunchy and crisp cauliflower florets with bologna, red peppers and cucumbers. Great salad to take to potlucks!

Enjoy this salad with Chicken Thighs & Potatoes Casserole or The Easy Potato Meat Casserole and a fresh loaf of Bread.

Cauliflower salad recipe with a mayo dressing in a bowl.

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Cauliflower salad recipe

Cauliflower is such a unique vegetable and our family loves it. We always have cauliflower in the refrigerator. I love to experiment and make different salads and add cauliflower to them. I had some fresh doktorskaya kolbasa (bologna) and cauliflower I decided to throw together a simple salad. This cauliflower salad recipe is what was created, it turned out amazing. The combinations just flow together and taste so yummy!! I love how the cucumbers and red peppers complement the cauliflower florets with the meat.

Tip: Be sure to cut the cauliflower florets into small even pieces. The salad tastes better when all of the pieces are the same in size.

Bologna salad recipe with cauliflower, cucumber, and pepper.

What kind of meat can I add?

In this salad, there are two main ingredients, the cauliflower and bologna (doktorskaya kolbasa for the Slavics). We love going to the Ukrainian store every once in a while and get some meats from the deli, we don’t have one nearby so we don’t go as often. They have an amazing doktorskaya kolbasa (a smoked bologna). It’s one of my favorite meats, I use it in Olivier Salad along with this salad.

Since I don’t always have that meat on hand, I substitute for regular bologna or ham and it works just fine. When ordering at the deli, ask them to slice the pieces thick so they are cubed.

Cauliflower salad recipe with green onion, pepper, and bologna.

Health benefits of cauliflower

Did you know that cauliflower has many health benefits?! It boosts your heart health, improves blood pressure and kidney function. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals. Eating it on a regular basis helps you get the important nutrients into your body.

Is this salad Keto diet approved?

This salad is great if you are on the Keto diet! All of the vegetables, plus the meat and mayo make it a wonderful salad for those on the Keto diet.

Vegetable salad recipe with a mayo dressing.

Can I make this vegetable salad ahead of time?

This is a great salad to make for a gathering or potluck and prepare it in advance (up to one day in advance).  Just make everything per instruction but don’t mix it. Then, mix right before serving.

I love that this salad also contains raw cauliflower, cucumbers, red pepper, and red onion. This vegetable salad is filled with a variety of different flavors but they taste wonderful together. It’s one of those salads that doesn’t get soggy quickly so it’s great to bring to make when you won’t be eating right away.

Cauliflower Salad Recipe

This Cauliflower Salad Recipe is the perfect salad for potlucks. It's easy to make and the cauliflower, meat, cucumbers and red peppers with a mayo dressing work so well together. Keto diet approved. 
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: cauliflower salad, cauliflower salad recipe, easy salad, keto diet, vegetable salad
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 296kcal


  • 1/2 head of cauliflower, into small florets
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, cubed
  • 2 - 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 lb doktorskaya kolbasa (bologna), cubed
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper, to taste to taste


  • Cut your cauliflower into small even-sized florets.
  • Slice the cucumber.
  • Cube the red pepper.
  • Thinly chop the green onion.
  • Cube the bologna.
  • Add mayo, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Cauliflower Salad Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 457mg 19%
Potassium 279mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 12.4%
Vitamin C 35.4%
Calcium 4.2%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 4 Comments
  • Anna 06/23/2016, 3:37 pm Link

    I want to ask u about cauliflower it should be boiled?

    • admin 06/23/2016, 5:07 pm Link

      Hi Anna, no boiling, chop it raw☺. Enjoy..

  • nadia 02/25/2014, 2:40 am Link

    Made this salad and loved it! Great alternative to olivye.

    • admin 02/25/2014, 10:02 am Link

      Spasibochni. I agree with you, and so much quicker then olivye.. :o)..