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Instant Pot Cauliflower Salad

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Introducing Instant Pot Cauliflower Salad Recipe – a refreshing twist on a classic favorite! Packed with tender cauliflower florets, vibrant vegetables, and a zesty dressing, this salad is a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Whether as a side dish or a light meal, enjoy the ease and freshness of this Instant Pot creation.

INSTANT POT cauliflower salad

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Quick to Prepare: The Instant Pot reduces cooking time, makes this side dish super fast.
  • Customizable: Add your favorite veggies or proteins for a more personalized cauliflower salad recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cauliflower: The main ingredient, providing a hearty base with a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a firm texture that holds up well in the salad.
  • Mayo or Greek Yogurt: Adds creaminess to the cauliflower salad. Mayo for a richer taste with low carbs, or Greek yogurt for a tangier, healthier option.
  • White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar: Softens the cauliflower florets and brings a tangy punch to balance out the creaminess of the mayo or yogurt.
  • Yellow Mustard: Enhances the tanginess of the salad with virtually no carbs, adding an extra layer of flavor.
  • Celery: Provides a refreshing crunch, adding textural contrast and additional fiber to the salad.
  • Seasonings (Onion, Salt and Pepper): Complement the flavors of the other ingredients, making the salad more flavorful and balanced.

How To Make Instant Pot Cauliflower Salad?

Step One: Boil Eggs

You can either Hard Boil Your Eggs on the stovetop or you can do it in your Instant Pot. I recommend the Instant Pot.

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Step Two: Chop The Cauliflower

Next, chop up your cauliflower and place it in your Instant Pot with 1 cup of water.

Step Three: Pressure Cook

Place the lid on the IP and seal. Set to manual for 5 minutes.

Step Four: Quick Release Pressure

For veggies, you always want to do a quick release. To do a quick release, turn your sealing valve to the “venting” position as soon as the time is up. Then, drain your cauliflower and place in a large bowl.

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Step Five: Chop Eggs, Celery And Onion

Chop up the eggs and stir into the cauliflower. Then, chop the celery and onion and add in to the cauliflower-egg mixture. Then, add the remaining ingredients and mash together using a fork or an electric mixer until you achieve the texture that you prefer.

Step Six: Serve

Toss cauliflower with other ingredients and the salad is now ready to serve! Enjoy

Instant Pot Cauliflower Salad

Cooking Tips

  • Cook The Eggs In The Instant Pot. To cook your eggs in the Instant Pot, simply place them in the inner pot with 1 cup of water, select the manual setting and cook for 5 minutes. Then, do a quick release and allow them to cool in an ice bath.
  • Mix Seasonings, Mayo And Vinegar Together. In a separate bowl, mix all your liquid ingredients together before pouring them into the cauliflower and eggs. This makes it easier to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Eat Hot Or Cold. If you prefer to eat this salad cold, simply place it in the refrigerator until chilled. It is delicious whether it is hot or cold.

Optional

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Can be drizzled over the cauliflower before cooking in the Instant Pot, enhancing its flavor and texture.
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes: Add crushed red pepper flakes to the dressing for a spicy twist, enhancing the creamy salad with a warm heat.

Substitutions

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Can be a refreshing substitute for white vinegar in the dressing, adding a bright, citrusy note. Mix it with mayo or Greek yogurt, mustard, salt, and pepper to dress the salad, enhancing the overall flavor profile with its zesty tang.
  • Frozen Cauliflower: Can be used as a convenient substitute for fresh cauliflower in the Instant Pot recipe, ensuring a quicker prep time and year-round availability.
  • Sour Cream: Swap mayo or Greek yogurt for sour cream in the Instant Pot cauliflower recipe to add tangy richness and creamy texture. Mix with vinegar, mustard, salt, pepper, and toss with cooked cauliflower and veggies for a tasty salad.

Variations

  • Roasted Cauliflower Salad: Cook cauliflower in the Instant Pot, then roast until golden, and toss with greens, nuts, and a tangy dressing.
  • Raw Cauliflower Salad: Toss raw cauliflower florets with your favorite salad ingredients and a zesty dressing for a crunchy variation to the usual Instant Pot cauliflower recipe.

Storage Instructions

  • Refrigeration: Transfer the leftover cauliflower salad into an airtight container.
  • Duration: Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days for optimal freshness.
  • Dressing Tip: If expecting leftovers, avoid dressing the entire salad. Apply dressing to individual servings instead to maintain the best texture and flavor.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Roasted Potatoes: Golden potatoes roasted with a burst of lemon and garlic, creating a crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
  • Paprika Grilled Shrimp: Succulent shrimp seasoned with smoky paprika and grilled to perfection would add a flavorful twist to your meal, complementing the light and refreshing flavors of the cauliflower salad.
  • Teriyaki Glazed Salmon: Sweet and savory teriyaki glazed salmon fillets would provide a delicious contrast to the tangy and crunchy cauliflower salad, creating a delightful combination of flavors.
  • Steak Bites: Tender steak bites, seasoned with herbs and spices, would offer a hearty and indulgent option to enjoy alongside the cauliflower salad, adding a savory element to the meal.
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Instant Pot Cauliflower Salad

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
  • A quick and flavorful Instant Pot cauliflower salad with creamy dressing and crunchy veggies.

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups mayo or greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 onion

Instructions

  1. You can either hard boil your eggs on the stovetop or you can do it in your Instant Pot. I recommend the Instant Pot.
  2. Next, chop up your cauliflower and place it in your Instant Pot with 1 cup of water.
  3. Place the lid on the IP and seal. Set to manual for 5 minutes.
  4. For veggies, you always want to do a quick release. To do a quick release, turn your sealing valve to the “venting” position as soon as the time is up. Then, drain your cauliflower and place in a large bowl.
  5. Chop up the eggs and stir into the cauliflower. Then, chop the celery and onion and add in to the cauliflower-egg mixture. Then, add the remaining ingredients and mash together using a fork or an electric mixer until you achieve the texture that you prefer.
  6. Toss cauliflower with other ingredients and the salad is now ready to serve! Enjoy

Notes

  • Cook The Eggs In The Instant Pot. To cook your eggs in the Instant Pot, simply place them in the inner pot with 1 cup of water, select the manual setting and cook for 5 minutes. Then, do a quick release and allow them to cool in an ice bath.
  • Mix Seasonings, Mayo And Vinegar Together. In a separate bowl, mix all your liquid ingredients together before pouring them into the cauliflower and eggs. This makes it easier to combine the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Eat Hot Or Cold. If you prefer to eat this salad cold, simply place it in the refrigerator until chilled. It is delicious whether it is hot or cold.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 895Total Fat: 89gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 71gCholesterol: 235mgSodium: 1439mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 15g

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