Do you miss potato salad? It’s such a rich simple side that adds flavor and variety to our menu. When you’re Grain-Free & potato-free like I am, it becomes really challenging to find sides that make you feel like you aren’t missing out!

You might be wondering:

How can we get the appearance, flavor, and texture of potato salad without grains, dairy, egg, soy, corn, almond, cashew, peanut, sesame, or nightshade?

Because this is Break A Recipe! That’s what we do here!

Doesn’t that No-Tato Salad look amazing?

Wait until you taste it!

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Nina Blake, The Grain-Free lifestyle coach with her homemade cheeseburger casserole.

My name is Nina Blake, I’m the Grain-Free Lifestyle Coach, and I’m on a mission to help you add flavor and variety back to your table without grains dairy, egg, soy, corn, almond, cashew, peanut, sesame, potato, and other allergens!

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My name is Nina Blake, I’m The Grain-Free Lifestyle Coach. I help passionate foodies like you, avoid grains and allergens without missing out.

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It’s my pleasure to share this recipe for No-Tato Salad with you today!

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Your Grain-Free Lifestyle!

I remember how much I struggled when I was new to the Grain-Free Lifestyle in 2012. I also remember how wonderful it was to have Grain-Free cookies that Christmas. Those cookies made me feel normal.

To help you simplify and organize your Grain—Free Lifestyle, I’d like to give you a copy of my cookbook 7 Simple Grain-Free Recipes.

Inside you’ll find recipes for fast mac’n cheese, pizza, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies that get rave reviews! While the recipes are simple, they give you the feeling that you aren’t missing out. They’re some of my favorite recipes for sharing.

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If you’re looking for equipment or ingredients, the links below will take you to the ingredients and equipment I use in my own kitchen.

Grain-Free Ingredients

Cauliflower florets

Vegan  Sour Cream Click here for my Grain-Free Vegan Sour Cream Recipe

Vegan Mayonnaise— get my Grain-Free Vegan Mayo recipe HERE.

3 Tablespoons Ranch Seasoning—need a recipe? Here’s the link to mine!

Optional Mixins

Chopped Carrot

Diced Celery

Chopped Cucumber

Chopped Bacon

Diced Scallions


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PinGraphic No-Tato Salad Grain-Free & Nightshade Free


Salad Base

  • 2 Pounds Cauliflower Florets
  • 1 Cup Vegan Sour Cream
  • 1 Cup Vegan Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons Ranch Seasoning

Optional Mix-ins

  • 1/4 Cup chopped Carrot
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cucumber
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Bacon
  • 1/4 Cup Green Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Celery


  • Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Blanch the cauliflower florets by submerging them in boiling water for 3 minutes. While the water boils, fill a large stock-pot half way with cold water.
  • Remove the Cauliflower Florets from boiling water and drain in a colander. Submerge cauliflower in cold water for 3 minutes and drain. If cauliflower does not drain properly, the salad will be too watery.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix Vegan Mayonnaise, Vegan Sour Cream, and Ranch Seasoning.
  • Gently add drained cauliflower to the mixing bowl. Gently stir cauliflower into seasonings.
  • Gently stir in your favorite mix-ins. Refrigerate 2 or more hours until chilled.


To get the potato salad appearance, chop the cauliflower into bite size chunks.
You’ll have the perfect allergen friendly side for summer picnics and cookouts!
Allow the cauliflower to drain completely.  

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A Slice Of The Grain-Free Lifestyle

I never liked potato salad! Really! It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s and my friend’s mother, who was renowned for her potato salad, said I just had to try hers.

It was the first ever potato salad I had tasted that had more flavor than any other and the texture was firm, not mush! Her potato salad was rich with flavor and had the perfect texture!

PinGraphic No-Tato Salad Grain-Free & Nightshade Free

When you make this delicious No-Tato salad, you’ll have rich flavor with cauliflower that’s firm and surrounded in the rich flavors of Sour Cream, Mayonnaise, and Delicious Ranch Seasonings. All without gluten, grain, dairy, egg, soy, corn, almond, cashew, peanut, sesame, or nightshade!

Last year, I taught my All Access VIPs to make this indulgent No-Tato salad in a cooking class.

It is possible to avoid grains and allergens while indulging in all the rich flavors of life!

❤️ You can do this and I’m here to help! ❤️

Ready To Learn The Inside Secrets Of The Grain-Free Lifestyle?


How Are There Grains In Mayonnaise?

I’m so glad you asked. Grains sneak into mayonnaise in the form of white vinegar, and thickening agents. Grains hide in the sneakiest places. It’s important to know your grains and your grain based ingredients.

Can Cauliflower Really Taste Like Potato Salad?

No, it’ can’t! But we can make it even better by Breaking The Recipe! In this recipe we use a technique called blanching to get the cauliflower perfectly firm. Blanching also ensures that we won’t cook our cauliflower beyond the point of perfect tenderness.

What If I’m Allergic To One Of The Ingredients

Please don’t ever try using an ingredient that is unsafe for you. It’s not worth it. There are plenty of ways to Break The Recipe, so that you can enjoy it safely. That’s what I teach my clients in our cooking classes and coaching sessions.

Why Is My No-Tato Salad Watery?

A watery No-Tato salad is usually the result of not draining the cauliflower enough. After rinsing the cauliflower, allow it to drain well. You might consider using a salad spinner to remove even more of the water

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I’m on a mission to help you pack your Grain-Free Lifestyle with flavor and variety!

Breaking Recipes, teaching cooking classes and helping Grain-Free VIPs simplify and organize their Grain-Free Lifestyle is my passion!

My Grain-Free VIPs learn to Break Their Family Recipes so that they can once again enjoy them without grains and other allergens!

When we start working together, I teach them about Grain-Free Ingredients and how they work together to create recipes with the appearance flavor, and texture of the foods they’re craving! I’m always impressed with how my VIPs break their favorite family recipes so that they can enjoy them safely!

If you’re ready to add flavor and variety back to your table, use the link below so that we can connect.

If you’re ready to save time, become a confident Grain-Free Cook, and ease the anxiety of transitioning to the Grain-Free Lifestyle, then I would love to connect with you!

Thank you again for reading this blog post. I look forward to connecting with you soon.

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Wishing You Safe & Delicious Foods,

❤️ Nina Blake, The Grain-Free Lifestyle Coach