Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rutabaga "faux-tato" salad

A rutabaga looks like a giant yellow-fleshed turnip and began as a hybrid between a turnip and cabbage. I was looking for a lower-carb alternative for a "fauxtato" salad. Potato has 24 net carbs per cup, while rutabaga has only 9 grams, making it the clear winner here. I previously tried chopped cauliflower, but the texture wasn't right, and I thought that an actual root vegetable would be a better choice. It has a much firmer texture and a bit of a radishy taste (which I enjoyed), but it is close enough that you could certainly share it with people eating an otherwise standard American diet.

Serves 4-6


  • 1 large rutabaga (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 Tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup chopped dill pickle (optional)
  • 2 Tbs thinly sliced scallions
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (Spectrum light or full-fat)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (light or full-fat)
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp celery salt
  • 2 Tbs minced fresh dill
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced or chopped
  • Pepper, to taste
  1. Peel the rutabaga and cut it into cubes. Boil in generously-salted water until tender. Drain and cool.
  2. Combine the remaining ingredients. Add the rutabaga, toss, and chill for at least an hour.


Trixie said...

Man, loving your're so talented! I've always wanted to try and experiment with Rutabaga. BTW: Have you tried both the regular and light version of the Spectrum Mayo? Which do you prefer?

Erica said...

@Trixie: Thanks! :D Let me know if you try it!

I've used both the regular and light versions of Spectrum. I definitely prefer the texture of the full-fat but I try to keep calories and vegetable oil to a minimum so I use the light version. That's why I used it in combination with light sour cream, it made the texture much nicer!

If you prefer full-fat I would make homemade mayonnaise with real olive oil, I think that is the healthiest way to do full-fat :)

Trixie said...

Hi Erica!
While just saw this recipe:
Looks fairly easy, maybe I'll give it a go!
BTW: Would love to see what a typical day of meals is for you. Been bored as of late:)

Erica said...

@Trixie: That recipe looks great!

Usually in a typical day, I eat some sort of breakfast casserole with spinach in it. I use a recipe like this: (I might use a combo of whole eggs and egg whites and reduce the cheese to keep calories down). For lunch I usually eat leftovers, and I have lots of variety for dinner, basically the stuff I make on this blog! Snacks are nuts (cashews or almonds), string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, cottage cheese with flax, and/or cut-up veggies with dip. I also have a protein shake around my workout.

Trixie said...

Thanks, that is helpful Erica! What is your daily calorie range? Do you have any foods you don't eat? I guess you pretty much stay away from grains, legumes and sugar?

Erica said...

Err I'm probably not the best person to ask about caloric range, as I'm a competitive athlete (boxer) and thus my workouts are really intense. Also I'm coming off of a bulking phase (I was small/weak for my weight class so I put on some muscle) and currently I'm just trying to maintain. However, when I was losing, I stuck to a 500 calorie deficit with a little more on heavy lifting days. More here on my fitness blog: . To get super lean I continued to follow that plan but I also cut carbs in addition to calories. When I was overweight it didn't matter what I ate but to stay really lean I've found that a calorie is NOT a calorie, at least not for me. I eat mostly meat, eggs, and LOTS of veggies (veggies are not always pictured on the blog because it's often something boring like a pound of spinach sauteed with garlic). I have 1, MAYBE 2 servings of fruit per day, berries and grapefruit only. I eat nuts and dairy in moderation, and occasionally very dark chocolate. Once in a blue moon I'll have legumes or sugary fruits but only as a garnish (i.e. a tablespoon or two of a black bean and mango salsa atop grilled fish).

I hope that helps!!

Trixie said...

Yes, that does help! I too have found that calorie counting is key. I also feel that eating grains and starches makes me hungrier. I've sort of found Primal eating works well. I get to eat dark chocolate too!

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