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Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Option)

This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s a crunchy and refreshing side dish to any meal! Whole30 and AIP options available.

Most days of the week, my philosophy on side dishes is, “Whatever’s the easiest and quickest, while being healthy.” It usually doesn’t take too much effort to make veggies delicious and flavorful, especially when you buy high quality produce that’s local and organic.

Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad Recipe

This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad fits the bill perfectly and it’s so refreshing on a hot day. It’s so simple and and easy, and it literally takes only 5 minutes from start to finish. I think I make it about 3-4 times a week because my husband and I both love it and it’s just so quick to throw together that it makes my job so easy.

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For That Extra Refreshing Crunch…

When it comes to cucumber salads, the crunchier, the better in my opinion. And if you like yours extra extra crunchy like me, use pickling cucumbers like kirby in this recipe! Pickling cucumbers are firmer, extra crunchy, and mild in flavor, so they are perfect for soaking up the dressing and spices without losing the texture.

Even if you aren’t serving this Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad right away and you let it sit in the fridge to let it pickle more, the cucumbers will soften a bit but it will still retain that refreshing and satisfying crunch way better than standard cucumbers.

I prefer this salad eaten right away, but we’ve saved leftovers for 3 days and it still tastes really yummy. The cucumbers will wilt and pickle more the longer it sits, while sweating out more juice as well, so you can drain it before serving if that happens.

Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad

Whole30 or AIP Options

This recipe is so versatile and you can adjust it according to your dietary restrictions without affecting the flavor too much. If you are doing the Whole30 challenge, just leave out the coconut sugar. If you are AIP, all you have to do is omit the ground black pepper.

It’s so easy to add ingredients or spices if you are feeling adventurous. I’ve added sliced olives, grated carrots, or red pepper flakes to this Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad, and it turns out yummy every time with these small variations!

Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad

Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Optional)

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 24 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad comes together in 5 minutes, and it's a crunchy and refreshing side dish to any meal! Whole30 and AIP options available. 

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Use a mandolin or a sharp knife to cut the cucumbers into thin slices.

  2. Place in a large bowl. 

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss together gently.

  4. Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. It will pickle and sweat more the longer it sits. 

Nutrition Facts
Refreshing Paleo Vegan Dill Cucumber Salad (Whole30 & AIP Optional)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 24
% Daily Value*
Sodium 586mg 24%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Vitamin A 1.9%
Vitamin C 5.6%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Keto)

If you are looking for a low carb way to enjoy your potato salad, look no further than this Cauliflower Potato Salad (or “fauxtato” salad). Not only is this paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly, it’s egg free and vegan, made with creamy cashew sauce! 

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad

As the weather warms up, I’m thinking of all the summer friendly recipes for BBQs, picnics, and get-togethers. Grilled food is always a favorite among crowds, but I also love make-ahead salads and side dishes that really pull the party together. One of my favorite dishes is a yummy potato salad, which is why I created this Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad, or also called “fauxtato” salad.

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad Recipe

There’s no potato in this salad, and cauliflower florets are used instead. But before you roll your eyes, I urge you to try it first! My husband, who is a potato lover, couldn’t tell that it was made with cauliflower, and when he first tasted it, he just said, “Mmmm, this is really good potato salad.” No joke.

Also, there are no eggs or mayo in this cauliflower potato salad, and the dressing is made with a creamy and decadent cashew sauce. It’s a great one for any kind of potlucks or get-togethers because it fits under so many food restrictions. It’s paleo, low carb, Whole30, gluten-free, and vegan, and even kids will go crazy over this dish, so make sure to make a giant batch!

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Tips For Making This Cauliflower Potato Salad

  • Use raw cashews for the sauce. Roasted cashews won’t be as creamy when blended.
  • The longer this salad sits, the better it tastes! I like to make it a day ahead so the flavors have enough time to meld together.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices depending on your taste preferences. I really love the vinegary taste in potato salads, but you can scale back on the apple cider vinegar if you aren’t a big fan like me.
  • Double the recipe because it’ll be gone in no time!

I guest posted this Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad on Adrienne Urban’s blog, Whole New Mom, so go check it out there. I hope you love it as much as I do!:

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad

Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions (Whole30, AIP)

These Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions are so much healthier and tastier than the store bought version, and you’ll love how crispy they are on casseroles or even on their own!

Paleo Vegan French Fried Onions

While I love all the holiday casseroles, I’ve been going without French fried onions in the recent years because they are not really an option for those of us who are gluten free and try to avoid processed foods.

Not-So-Healthy Ingredients in Store-Bought French Fried Onions

When I looked up the ingredients for them, this is what I found:

Onions, Palm Oil, Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Soy Flour, Salt and Dextrose.

Yikes. It’s just a lot of unnecessary ingredients I’d rather not put in my body. However, I do love these crunchy onions as a topping for so many of my dishes, so I decided to make my own cleaner version. These Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions turned out to be surprisingly easy and super duper addicting and delicious!

Paleo Vegan French Fried Onions

Easy Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions Recipe

The best part is that these take less than 30 minutes to make. I sure do appreciate simple and easy recipes, especially when I’m hosting a holiday dinner and I have 12 things I need to cook at the same time.

You can use these Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions to top on casseroles, soups, salads, baked potatoes, or just on their own. They are essentially fried onion rings, so I ate half of these dipped in my homemade paleo ketchup. I had to portion it out because I couldn’t stop eating them!

If you are missing the crunch factor on your holiday dishes or any savory recipe, I recommend you try this French fried onions. I promise, you won’t regret it!

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Paleo Vegan French Fried Onions

Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions

Course: Condiment
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Author: Jean Choi

These Paleo & Vegan French Fried Onions are so much healthier and tastier than the store bought version, and you'll love how crispy they are on casseroles or even on their own!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place sliced onion in a wide shallow bowl, and pour coconut milk and apple cider vinegar over it. 

  2. Toss a few times to coat, then let it sit for 10 minutes.

  3. Prepare a separate bowl with tapioca starch, coconut flour, and sea salt. Mix to combine.

  4. Pour your choice of cooking oil in a large skillet until the oil is about 1 inch deep, and heat over medium high heat. Prepare a large dish with 2-3 layers of paper towels.

  5. Use a tong or a fork to transfer a handful of onions from the coconut milk, then to the flour mixture. 

  6. Coat and dust off excess flour, then fry in the skillet for 30 seconds on each side, or until crispy and golden brown.

  7. Transfer to the paper towel lined dish. Repeat this process until you fry all the onions, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

  8. Use right away on casseroles or eat them on their own with a side of ketchup!

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