🥓Perfect Summer Cauliflower Bacon Salad!🥓 (PS it's Vegan/Gluten Free + Especially Guilt Free!!)

in vegan •  3 months ago

Bring this to your 4th of July party or a friend's BBQ, a potluck, a baptism, a play date, an anniversary, a birthday party, a beer bong tournament...

It's not picky (and it's certain to satisfy even the pickiest friends!)

Uh-oh, summer just got more delicious! Need something refreshing but to-die-for? I gotcha.

Have you ever heard me admit that salads are not usually my go-to?

I'm not very shy about that. I mean I'm never going to be found munching on some romaine when I could have something like this instead!

That's right! Since you know I am completely wacko about food, I had to make something for the summertime madness coming up to share with you!

That said, a lot of my friends have been asking for advice on salads this summer!

They're usually easy and versatile and are a pretty good bet to bring along with you somewhere you need to bring food for. So I made something that connects our senses to a familiar taste of bacon and mayo... Are you ready?

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What you need:


  • 2 cups vegan mayo (stay tuned for me to share my easy homemade recipe with you soon!)
  • 2 heads steamed cauliflower (cut into small florets)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • handful of red radishes (I used about 7)
  • 1 bunch fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tbs pepper
  • 1/2 tbs himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
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What to do:

  • First make your mayonnaise if you're creating it from scratch! I'll share my recipe with you soon in another post!
  • Wash, cut, and steam the cauliflower
  • Dice the radishes, bell peppers and coriander leaves into small pieces
  • Mix the diced veggies up with the cauli and mayo

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  • Toss in the spices
  • Mix, put in fridge for at least an hour for the best tasting version you'll ever try! (This is a trick my mom used to tell me!)

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  • Finally top with some vegan bacon! Don't be shy! SHAKE IT LIKE A POLAROID PICTURE!
    (OK, twist my arm: in a sauce pan, add about 2 tbs coconut oil, 1 tbs cacao butter on LOW, throw in some coconut shreds, paprika, salt and liquid smoke or BBQ spice, keep stirring for about 3-5 minutes! TA-DA!)

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This recipe is super easy and even more delicious than it looks!

Give it a try next time you need to bring a plate somewhere and smile knowing it's healthy as WELL as delicious!

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I was a bit skeptical of your "bacon" but that would be really GOOD!

😎 😍 😘 All Of It!

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I'm tellin' ya... it's DELICIOUS! The smoky flavor makes it perfection!

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Yup, it's all the same but the BASE...
Subbing Coconut Meat for Pig Meat ;)

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Perfect recipe @heart-to-heart, just in time for summer get togethers. I haven't tried the liquid smoke for the smoky taste...good idea. Definitely a substantial salad!!

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I would prefer to use something else but right now the hickory smoke I have is actually delicious! I got a small bottle while I was in NZ at a tiny vegan cafe and it's been one of my most coveted possessions since ;) Let me know if you get to try it, it's so fun!

I have just started to utilize cauliflower rice as a substitute for pasta and rice, really nice stuff and very easy to use. Dang hanging out with vegans is eye opening and can be fun trying new things.

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Hahaha damn those vegans... causing creativity in the kitchen worldwide ;)

Cauliflower is seriously one of the gifts of the veg world. Buffalo wings seem right up your alley <3

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"Buffalo wings"???? Don't be so silly - everyone knows Bison can't fly! ;)

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Not true! Flying Bison were around when the airbenders were strong and thriving. Jeeze. Read some history.

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Point of order, Flying Bison utilized the power of airbending and NOT wings to fly. I am currently a writing my Phd dissertation on the history of the Northern Air Temple, so yea I have read a little history. :)

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Hahaha you never let me down!

However, just a small tickle in your information... according to the ancient air temple scrolls, or at least from what we (the commoners) learned about them was that the bison used to have wings until they learned air bending, then they no longer needed them ;)

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Crap now I have to completely re-write my dissertation, once again @handofzara is heading back to Summer School. :)

It looks too delicious !!! I'll wait for the mayonnaise recipe ... :)

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Hey @blessed-girl, the mayo recipe can be found here! I just got it up! ;) Hope you enjoy! <3

Oooh yum! I know these types of salads are a little tough to make look really pretty in photos, but boy are they delicious! I look forward to seeing how you whip up some vegan mayo. :)

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Haha I know and I am known to bail on the photos when the time comes down to it. I just am too hungry and impatient to be a good food blogger ;)

I just posted it here it's supppper easy!

Happy 4th! <3

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The photos are always the toughest part! Gotta work on a post, but today marks 5 years since ditching meat! And I get fireworks to celebrate. 🎆😉

I'm in for anything with cauliflower as the main ingredient! This looks absolutely delicious, with or without the "bacon!" @heart-to-heart

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Oh I am alll with you about the cauli- I had this with and without the bacon but the bacon just sent it over the edge! <3

Great recipe for the 4th!
Thanks for sharing & Steem On :)

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That's what I was thinking! Seems very July 4th-esque ;) At least it's something I would LOVE to have offered at a get together! :) Happy 4th!

MMMMM Bacon! This is exactly what I'm talking about. Better-than-bacon-baby!

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Hahaha definitely better (healthier) and actually insanely delicious! ;)

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🤤 Oh. MY. This looks so delicious! 😍

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<3 Not your every day green salad ;) We vegans can rock salads! XOXO

Delicious and very creative Sweetie 💖😊💖

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I need some pointers from the expert around here (you) ;) on how to take photos of salads like this- they drive me crazy haha <3

Oh my! Valentine, love me already!!! Haha

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Oh you're mistaken in thinking I don't already :)

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I know you do, i just love hearing it. Hahaha. Love you my Valentine. Missed you. How have you been?