As mentioned on my Facebook page, we have been busy all weekend celebrating my dad’s 70th birthday! My sister, brother-in-law, and my sweet little niece came to visit along with my brother and of course my dad and his wonderful wife Sandy. This weekend was dedicated to my dad and filled with precious moments spent with my family. We all did a lot of laughing, a little bit of crying, and a whole bunch of hugging and I slept soundly at night with a house filled with the ones that make my little corner of the universe bright. I am grateful to have a family that I hold so dear to my heart and trust me; I know how lucky I am.
At family gatherings I often think about how my mom would have made the occasion special with her laughter, playful spirit, and her uncanny ability to magically clean up any and all messes when no one else was looking. So yes, I miss my mom’s presence at these events but missing her makes me appreciate the love she gave to us and that love continues to hold our family together.
For my dad’s celebration we ate a ton of food and played in the creek with the kids, which included my dad falling in the water fully clothed while playing “creek” volleyball. He was not hurt a bit and it was actually the highlight of the weekend to see my healthy and active 70 year old father jumping up dripping wet from the creek bed and laughing jovially at his funny predicament.
Now on to the food! Amongst grilled sausages, cabbage salad, watermelon, carne asada, and guacamole, I made a “No Potato” Salad following from memory my mom’s potato salad recipe. I made a paleo version using my homemade mayo with a twist, and cauliflower in place of the potatoes. The result was out of this world delicious and satisfied my longing for the creamy comforting salad that used to be a staple at family gatherings. Everyone at the party gave the salad two big thumbs up! I apologize for the lack of exact measurements in the recipe, but sometimes when food comes from the heart it simply happens, and I think when you make this dish, it will happen just fine for you as well. I hope you enjoy!
Everyday Paleo “No Potato” Salad
2 heads of cauliflower
1 dozen eggs, hard-boiled and diced
1/2 a medium sized red onion, finely diced
6-8 celery stalks, finely diced
A lot of dill pickles, diced
About 1 1/2 cups of my Paleo Mayo with 2 tablespoons of dried dill and 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic added.
About 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard
Black pepper to taste
Cut the cauliflower into large florets. I used my pressure cooker to cook the cauliflower by placing the florets in the cooker, filling the cooker with about 4 inches of water, locking the lid, bringing to pressure and cooking for about 2 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat immediately and run the cooker under cold water to quickly bring down the pressure. Remove the lid and pour the cauliflower through a strainer and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. You want the cauliflower to be soft but not mushy! If you do not have a pressure cooker, steam the cauliflower around 7-10 minutes, cooking until tender but not mushy. Rinse the steamed cauliflower under cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain the cauliflower well and pat dry with paper towels. Crumble the cauliflower into a large mixing bowl, add all of the remaining ingredients including the mayo, mustard, and pepper and mix well. Either eat right away or let chill for a couple of hours before serving. This salad was HUGE and could serve at least 15 people so cut the ingredients in half unless you are feeding a crowd or want a lot of leftovers.
As always, Enjoy!!