Summer picnics of burgers, dogs, pulled pork, barbecued chicken or tri-tip just don’t seem complete without a little slaw and potato salad. The slaw’s no problem, but for a dedicated low-carber, the potato salad is a no-go.

Here’s a tasty version based on our low-carb buddy, cauliflower, that will fill that spot on the divided picnic plate just fine! It’s almost a meal in itself!
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Picnic Cauli Salad
Serves 8

2 heads cauliflower
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 jar (12-ounce) roasted red peppers, drained, seeded, patted dry, and chopped
1 handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
4 scallions, trimmed and chopped
8 pieces bacon, cooked very crisp and crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For the dressing
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup low-carb barbecue sauce (recipe follows)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Salt to taste

1. Wash and trim the cauliflower. Slice each head in half and then slice each half in half, and then into 1/2-inch x 1-inch pieces.
2. Put the cauliflower and 2 tablespoons of water into a large microwave-safe dish, cover, and cook on high power for 6 minutes. Remove (carefully, the dish will be hot) and stir, cover, and return to the microwave to cook on high for 3 minutes more, until the pieces are nicely tender.
3. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all the dressing ingredients and set aside.
4. When the cauliflower has cooked, drain off any accumulated liquid and pour the cauliflower into the dressing. Add the red pepper, cheese, and bacon and toss to coat everything.

Low Carb Barbecue Sauce

1 can (14 ounces) no-sugar added tomato sauce
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 or 3 dashes Tabasco (optional or more to taste)
2 packets sweetener (Splenda or Stevia or your choice, equivalent to 4 teaspoons sugar in sweetness)

1. Whisk together all ingredients in a saucepan.
2. Warm over medium heat for a few minutes.
3. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking, adding more vinegar, sweetener, Tabasco, or salt


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  2. This recipe for the Cauli Picnic salad looks great and so doe the recipe included for the BBQ sauce, however, I need to know how many carbs there are to a serving of this recipe. I sure don’t want to go over my count for the day. I’m doing very well.

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