Cucumber Cauliflower and Pasta Salad
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My sister, Anna, regularly brings this Cucumber Cauliflower Pasta Salad to family gatherings and I’m glad she does! This is one of my favorite salads.
In a buffet line – I heap this onto my plate without hesitation and it’s usually the first item I hit for seconds. It’s definitely a WINNER! Thanks Anna for teaching me to make this and I hope you keep up the tradition of bringing this to our family dinners.
Ingredients for Cauliflower Pasta Salad:
1 English cucumber
1/2 lb ditalini pasta
2 cans of corn, drained
1/2 head cauliflower, finely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo plus more to taste
Salt and pepper, sprinkled to taste
How to Make Anna’s Cauliflower Pasta Salad:
Cucumber Cauliflower Pasta Salad
- 5 eggs
- 1 English cucumber
- 1/2 lb ditalini pasta
- 2 cans of corn, drained
- 1/2 head cauliflower, finely chopped
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayo plus more to taste
- Salt and pepper, sprinkled to taste
Beat 5 eggs together, lightly salt and pepper. Heat a large, non-stick pan over medium heat. Melt 1 Tbsp butter. Add egg and saute, shifting it around with a spatula so the raw egg cooks better. Don't scramble the eggs, you want a giant pancake. Once its golden brown on the bottom, flip the pancake. Flip a couple times until the egg pancake is golden brown on each side.
Dice the egg pancake by cutting it into strips vertically and then cutting into strips again horizontally. Place in a large mixing bowl.
Cook 1/2 lb ditalini with 1 tsp salt. Cook according to the package directions (about 11 minutes). Rinse with cold water, drain well and add to the mixing bowl.
Dice 1 english cucumber and add to the bowl. Drain corn well and add to the bowl. Dice the half head of cauliflower and add to the bowl. Mix all of the ingredients together.
Add 1/3 cup mayo to the bowl and stir well. Add more mayo, salt and pepper to taste
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This salad is awesome! I made this I’m the morning and it was great for dinner! A bowl of this salad is like a whole meal. And it’s very light. My family loved it. Natasha, thank you for the amazing recipes you post! I use your recipes 80% of the time in making my food!
That’s fantastic Natalie! I’m happy to hear your family enjoys it as much as mine does! Thanks for following and sharing such wonderful comments! 😀
Loved this salad! The perfect side for some grilled chicken. Thanks
Marina, thank you for the great review and you are welcome :).
this recipe looks awesome and so u itnique!
I definately want to try it.
I have a question regarding the picture after direction #6 “add the cauliflower” the picture looks like there is shreadded cheese or possibly chopped spaghetti in the bowl.Is there something missing in the directions.
thank you ,
Oh, yes. My sister was short on ditalini pasta that day so she added some kids ABC pasta lol. Sorry for the confusion. I photographed this at her house as she was making it. 🙂 You can use different kinds of pasta and it will still taste great. 🙂
We Loved this salad! It was a huge portion though, lol. Is there any way this recipe can be cut in half, or just made for two people?
You can absolutely cut everything in half to scale it down. It wouldn’t affect the recipe at all. We usually make a huge the full portion for family get togethers and parties 🙂
Made this salad today…and a cake from your website:D can you tell where i go to first for a quick recipe??lol 😉
Have you tried the berry trifle? It’s super easy!!
Thank you so much for your web..I have just one question : can I do this salad a day before??????? Thank you
You are welcome Nadiya :). I would cut veggies on the same day, but the rest can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.
I like this salad, make it for the fourth of July as well! I substituted Mayo for sour cream, and it tasted great! I had leftover pasta, so I made another salad: Italian chicken pasta salad. Super easy to make, I made both at the same time.
Cooked pasta, small + chopped fresh green bean thrown in the pasta at the end to cook for a min.
cherry tomotoe, halved,
green onion chopped,
cooked, diced and cooled chicken,
italian dressing to taste. + parsley or dill for garnish(optional)
Mix all together and chill for 2-4 hours.
Lily thank you so much for sharing!
Are we talking about two 15 oz cans of corn?
Yes, that’s correct Alena
Natasha, this salad looks great. Just one question. Do you use raw cauliflower or boiled? Thank you
I use raw cauliflower.
this salad looks great but is there anything I can use instead of all mayo for the dressing
I’ve never tried anything else. Sorry 🙁
Thank you very much for this recipe. I love this salad.. I made it for 4th of july and love it and I got compliments from my husband he love it too:) very easy to make..
Natasha, I wanted to let you know that this salad is amazing, and it took me literally 15 minutes to make, good thing I had all ingredients 🙂 anyhow, my hubby came home from work, and I asked if he would try something new, (he is a picky eater and doesn’t like onions) so I was just eating it in front of him and he liked the look of this salad, so he tryed he loved it, kept on adding more and more to his plate 🙂
thanks for the post, and if you have any other pasta salads, please post more 🙂
So glad you both enjoyed it!
Hi There. I just stumbled on to your site and I have to say I love it. This salad looks amazing. I can’t wait to make it. I just started my own blog a few weeks ago (www.eatingatelonas.com). I’ve been surfing around for good Russian recipes and I’m surprised that there are not too many out there. So, thanks for the post and keep the amazing recipes coming!
Very cool, welcome to the site and I’m going to check our your site right now! 🙂
Love this salad. I dont know if it will be a different salad, but my mom also adds “докторская колбаса” to this salad.?:)
OK, I googled Doctor Sausage and got a lot of references to “Doctor Sausage and His Five Pork Chops” and various sites about either sausage or doctors, or asking doctors about sausage.
So…What in the world is doctor sausage?
I call it baby bologna.
Doctor sausage is German Bologna…..(a little different taste than “Fosters'” bologna)
Another one that gets printed and put in the binder in the “Useful for all occasions” section. With a note to substitute tofu for the egg during Lent.
This is so cool! Great for a potluck. I was wondering about the picture after 6 where you add the cauliflower to the bowl. It also looks like you added something else that is the same color as the pasta-maybe another kind that is small and stick-like, and resembles shredded parmesan. What is that?
That was a case of – we ran out of ditalini and had to use some angel hair pasta. lol. good observation 🙂
That’s what I figured but I just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing an ingredient when I made it! My mouth is watering just thinking about this. Thanks for all your hard work on this blog and the great recipes!