Keto Potato Salad (Faux-Tato Salad)
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So, I know that when I tell you this Keto Potato Salad (Faux-Tato salad) tastes like the classic potato salad that we all know and love you are going to be a little bit excited and A LOT suspicious.
I get it. I didn’t think this would work either. And, if you are the suspicious type…I’m right there with you.
I mean, we all know that there is no such thing as “Keto Potato Salad”.
I am also pretty sure that when I tell you that it’s made out of radishes you might feel the urge to click away from my site. I get that too.
But, hear me out before your go…
I am a confirmed raw radish hater. I think they smell like an onion and a cabbage had a baby.
Nevertheless, here we are. If it were not for Keto I would have happily never thought about radishes again.
If you are wondering…the answer is no. This does not have a “radishy” flavor AT ALL. Boiling the radishes takes care of that problem.
So if you made it this far…
Let’s get to the Keto Potato Salad:
- First you will need to hard boil the eggs and let them cool so that you can peel them.
- Fry the bacon if you are using it so you can let that cool and chop it up.
Choose the healthiest looking radishes that you can find. Size doesn’t matter much in terms of taste or texture.
We are going to boil both the taste and texture out of these babies anyway. I always buy two bunches of radishes no matter what size the individual radishes are.
The agricultural industry does a fine job of keeping the bunches somewhat consistent in terms of how much is in each bunch no matter the size of the taproot.
Keto Potato Salad Tips:
- chop the radishes to the same size you would for potato salad. (1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces)
If the radishes are small you can quarter them. If they are larger than you can dice them into bite sized pieces.
Boil the chopped radishes for 20-40 minutes in salted water.
These cook a little faster than potatoes. The boiling times are dependent on altitude.
Test them with a fork to make sure they are tender. You definitely DO NOT want them to be crunchy at all. If they are crunchy…they will keep the radish flavor.
They HAVE to be soft and the red skin will get lighter. If you let them soak until the water cools after you have turned off the heat they will be almost white. (This takes a long time and I don’t recommend it if you are in a hurry.
It’s a good idea to chop and boil the radishes while you are boiling the eggs and frying the bacon so that they can cool while you are gathering and chopping your other ingredients.
Rinse the radishes with the hottest water that comes out of your tap.
As the radishes cool, they will dry and this will keep water out of your salad.
It’s not a big deal but it keeps the consistency nice and creamy if you are planning on storing it in the fridge for a day or two.
Otherwise you will need to stir the salad the next day before serving. the water will separate out and this is okay…there is nothing wrong with it. It’s just not as pretty as it could be.
See, they look like little red potatoes. Nope…I don’t know what they taste like plain. I didn’t test them. But I wish I did…that’s okay. I will be making this one again.
Gather All Your Ingredients
It stinks to get started on a recipe and find out that you need to make a trip to the store for the green onions that you thought you had in the fridge.
If you have a favorite potato salad recipe you can feel free to add your own ingredients to the boiled radishes.
Just remember to calculate the macros if you are on a strict Keto Diet for health reasons.
You might notice that I use green onions in this recipe instead of the traditional red onions. Green onions have a lot less carbs and still give you the flavor.
I also do not include pickle relish in my recipe. It’s optional.
If you add relish just make sure it either “dill pickle relish” or that you are keeping track of how much you add. Sweet pickles can tally up to a lot of carbs quickly.
Once you have everything gathered just put it in a medium mixing bowl and combine.
I have this set of mixing bowls and love them because they have lids. That means less dishes because once it’s mixed up I just put the lid on and pop it in the fridge.
Don’t be afraid to experiment after all it’s your salad.
Add whatever you like and leave out what you don’t. My mother in law doesn’t like all of the extras and leaves the eggs out.
You’ll need a lot more radishes if you are going to do this but you can customize it to your family’s tastes.
Fry some extra bacon or reserve for the presentation.
I like pretty food and a sprinkling of bacon and green onions makes this side dish look amazing.
If you are going to make this for a picnic make sure to check out the sandwich rolls too.
And, if you make this with some ice cream for dessert you are going to forget that you have gone Keto.
That’s it….start making your salad! And, please let me know if you have any questions or any ridiculously fantastic additions.
Keto Faux-tato Salad
- 1.5 Cups Diced radishes ( About two bunches)
- 4 hard boiled eggs chopped
- 1/4 cup green onions ( about one small bunch) or to taste
- 1/2 cup Celery thinly Sliced
- 6 slices crispy bacon crumbled
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup mustard or to taste
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Dill Pickle * optional and to taste
- Quarter the radishes. Or cube if they are very large.
- Boil the radishes in salted water for 20-40 minutes. ( Or until fork tender)
- Rinse the radishes off in a colander under hot water. You'll need to make sure you get rid of all of the "radish" taste. Drain and let them cool in a single layer in your colander for 10 minutes. ( This will help dry them off).
- Add the remaining ingredients and combine.
- Serve and enjoy or IMMEDIATELY store in the fridge for 3-4 days.
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Hi Sharon! I haven’t tried it but my guess is that you’ll still get the radish flavor unless they are boiled. My friend tried fresh radishes in the air fryer and it was difficult to get through the dish politely…shhh. When you boil the radishes it drains the flavor and the color (which has something to do with the sharp taste I think) and leaves the texture. Make sure to rinse them too because the water is like pure red radish juice…shiver. If you want to roast them to dry them a bit after boiling I am sure this would be ok. Or you can leave them out to dry naturally if you are worried about your salad being watery. No one wants watery fauxtato salad. A quick stir will get it all back together if this happens though. I hope this helps and if you do end up roasting them, please let me know what happens. Happy Saturday!
Fellow radish hater here! At least I don’t like them raw.
I can hardly wait to try this! I love cauliflower and of course it is the keto answer to everything…except when I want potato salad. I’ve tried a bunch of fauxtato salad recipes with cauliflower and it just doesn’t get there for me. The texture is just too different.
So, I have one question; have you tried roasting the radishes (or steaming them) rather than boiling them? I never boil potatoes for potato salad because it doesn’t seem to matter how well I drain and cool them; I get residual moisture that messes up my dressing. I’m guessing that since radishes have a high water content I will get the same result but I’m wondering about the flavor.
Thanks for being brave enough to try it. Only the most adventurous souls believe me when I tell them how good it is. And, you are right about the accompanying flavors. They go a long way into making this a low carb treat for potato salad lovers. Most people have a hard time getting past the “idea” of radishes. Once they do then it’s all good from there. Cheers! Brenna
I have to say I can’t ever imagine enjoying this but Everything that I have made from your site has been super delicious!! I don’t think I’ve even tasted a radish since I was a kid and got a bite of one in a tossed salad and it bit back and sort of burned inside my mouth. Of course I did what any other kid would do and spit it out. It was the most horrid thing I had ever tasted anything so foul before! Lol! Thank you very much for the photos showing what they are suppose to look like after being boiled. I’ll update this comment after I try it and I’ll let you know what hubby thinks because he’s new to veggie eating period. If it was peas or carrots he would eat them but anything like cauliflower (which he now loves especially roasted) or broccoli he had never tried those strange vegetables. So if it passes his test then ANYONE will enjoy them. Also Im thinking just about anything smothered in mayo, cheese and bacon who wouldn’t love it? Hahaha! Now to get out and find some radishes.