Two Ingredients Creamy Cauliflower Mayonnaise Spread Simple Recipe

Creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread or cauliflower salad

Creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread or cauliflower salad (salată de conopidă) is a Romanian appetiser that is easy to make, light in calories and tasty. The Romanians would call it ‘salad’ although technically it is a spread because we spread it on bread slices and seldom dip a piece of bread into the bowl – therefore not a dip either.

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The version I am making today is the simple one, containing two basic ingredients (cauliflower and mayonnaise) plus a handful of spices.

There are many alternations and variations for a creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread according to your tastes. If you prefer a tangy bite, you can add freshly squeezed lemon juice. For a more robust flavour, you can add smashed garlic.

I have heard of feta cheese, yoghurt, tuna or chicken combinations but never tried any. I prefer my creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread or cauliflower salad simple. Any meat addition would transform it into a different dish and pile up on the calories.

The mayonnaise in this recipe serves as a glueing agent that would confer the creamy texture. Preferably, homemade mayonnaise is the better option, but a store-bought organic one works well for busy cooks.

Why Cauliflower?

types of colourful cauliflower for creamy cauliflower mayonnaise salad or spread

Not everybody’s cup of tea, cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, good cousin with broccoli, cabbage or kale – all low caloric high fibre superfoods packed with vitamins and minerals.

Some affections require caution in the amount of cauliflower consumed. It could interfere with iodine absorption (for thyroid sufferers), cause bloating (associated with Crohn’s disease), or affect blood-thinning medication because it contains high levels of vitamin K.

All that in mind, cauliflower is an excellent antioxidant that has a significant role in brain development, immunity, preventing heart disease, deactivating carcinogens and thus reducing cancer risk.

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The smell of boiling cauliflower seems to be the most significant deterrent to cooking it, but this recipe requires minimal boiling or steaming time.

Ingredients for Creamy Cauliflower Mayonnaise Spread

One large cauliflower




Paprika or turmeric for colour (optional)


Place water in a large pot and bring it to the boiling point.

Wash the cauliflower and remove the leaves. Cut or separate it into small florets.

When the water boils, place all florets into the pot and cook them over medium heat for 3 minutes. Turn the heating down and transfer the florets into a colander. Allow them to drain and cool completely.

Place the florets in a large ceramic or glass mixing bowl when cooled. Use a potato masher to mash the cauliflower florets and stems into tiny pieces.

Add salt, pepper and paprika/turmeric and mix using a large spatula or wooden spoon. Add mayonnaise and mix until the texture becomes creamy.

Transfer the desired amount of creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread into a serving dish, sprinkle freshly cut dill (optional, for colour variation) and serve with homemade bread or pita bread.


creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread (cauliflower salad)

Two Ingredients Creamy Cauliflower Mayonnaise Spread (Salad)

Creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread or salad, as Romanian would call it, is a delicious appetizer ready in minutes. It makes a remarkable addition to any festive or celebratory table or a regular meal alike. Besides, it only requires two main ingredients and reduced cooking time for busy cooks.
5 from 39 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Romanian


  • 1 piece organic cauliflower large
  • 1-2 tbsp organic mayonnaise light
  • ¼ tsp black pepper ground
  • ½ tsp salt sea/rock
  • ¼ tsp paprika or turmeric optional


  • Fill ⅔ of a large pot with water and bring it to the boiling point.
    large cauliflower
  • Wash and remove the leaves of the cauliflower. Separate/cut the florets.
  • Add the florets to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Do not overcook, as the cauliflower needs to remain crisp. If overboiled, the cauliflower will become soggy and lose all the nutrients in the process.
  • When ready, transfer the florets into a colander. Allow the cauliflower to drain and cool completely before the next step.
  • Place the cooled florets in a large ceramic or glass mixing bowl.
    cauliflower in colander
  • Use a potato masher to mash the cauliflower into tiny pieces.
  • Add salt, pepper and paprika or turmeric (or both) and mix gently with a spatula or a large wooden spoon.
  • Add the mayonnaise and mix until the texture becomes creamy.
    adding mayo to cauliflower
  • Optionally, sprinkle freshly-cut dill to offer colour.
  • Fill serving dishes with the desired amount and place them on the table next to sliced bread.


You can store creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread in an airtight container in the fridge for a maximum of three days.
Bring it out of the fridge right before serving, but do not keep it at room temperature too long.
For variations, add mashed garlic or lemon juice.
Keyword cauliflower mayo spread, cauliflower salad, cauliflower salad dip, creamy cauliflower mayonnaise, creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread, salata de conopida

Two Ingredients Creamy Cauliflower Mayonnaise Spread Simple Recipe

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60 Responses

  1. Bobbie says:

    5 stars
    Never thought of using cauliflower this way! Great recipe

  2. Amber says:

    What a interesting way to use cauliflower! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    What a lovely idea to use cauliflower. Saving this to try.

  4. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    So glad I tried this. So good!!

  5. dasha says:

    5 stars
    great use of cauliflower!

  6. Jeanine says:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love and this recipe has given me another way to enjoy it… I so enjoy reading about your Romanian recipes and look forward to trying this and many more… thanks for sharing

  7. nancy says:

    5 stars
    i love cauliflower and i can’t believe you made it into a mayo. cool

  8. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    This creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread is easy and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Kristina says:

    5 stars
    This looks very tasty!

  10. Lilly says:

    5 stars
    This is so inventive!

  11. Lyssa says:

    This is such a smart idea! I can’t wait to try this.

  12. Joanna says:

    5 stars
    I wish I could eat cauliflower. I love it but my stomach doesn’t agree with it. I’m fine with broccoli though, I wonder if I could replace cauliflower with broccoli in the recipe.

    • I never tried, mainly because the texture is different. A similar appetizer we made a lot was chopped mushrooms with pickles and mayo. I need to do some research and find cauliflower substitutes.

  13. Daniel Ng says:

    5 stars
    The cauliflower salad looks great. I get to know Romanian cooking a little more. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to more of your Romanian recipes.

  14. Stine Mari says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never tried anything like it but wow it’s so good!

  15. Jamie says:

    5 stars
    A great way to use cauliflower!

  16. Jenn says:

    Ooh, this looks yummy! I love most things with cauliflower, and this is a variation I was not familiar with. I’m thinking this would be a great side dish.

  17. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful alternative suggestion. I really love this. Sounds delicious. 🤗

    Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)

  18. Julie says:

    5 stars
    Okay, I 100% LOVE the idea of this, so freaking genius!!!!!! Cauliflower mayo. wow. blown away!

  19. Jen says:

    5 stars
    this recipe is so good with our macaroni salad!

  20. Cayla says:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious!!! My kind of recipe, except I would have never thought of this!!

  21. Marcellina says:

    5 stars
    Great idea! I’d use it as a dip with crackers!

  22. Jill says:

    5 stars
    What a flavorful spread!

  23. Bernice says:

    5 stars
    What an interesting spread. It’s very ‘keto’ so I’m sending it to my sister who is always looking for new ideas.

  24. Lindsay Howerton-Hastings says:

    5 stars
    YUM! This was gobbled up in an instant and immediately requested to be made again. Fabulous recipe!

  25. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Interesting recipe. I never tried this before. Saving to try.

  26. Maria Khan says:

    My favorite vegetable! Great recipe

  27. Alejandra says:

    Would love to try this recipe

  28. Cindy L says:

    5 stars
    We really enjoyed this as a snack this weekend with pita chips and a small charcuterie board.

  29. Addie says:

    5 stars
    So creamy and delicious!

  30. nancy says:

    5 stars
    interesting recipe and i love that it uses only two ingredients. it wasn’t too gritty either

  31. Deb says:

    5 stars
    Such a delicious way to incorporate more veggies into a meal, I love it!

  32. Jen says:

    5 stars
    This is so fun!! Thanks for the recipe!

  33. Emily says:

    5 stars
    What a great idea! Love this spread!

  34. Kalin says:

    5 stars
    Such a great idea! So simple and delicious

  35. Jeannie says:

    5 stars
    I just made my own mayo again will have to get cauliflower and turn it into a wonderful spread just like this.

  36. Mehaa says:

    I’ve never tried this, but it looks yummy. I’ll have to try it!

  37. Queen Gee says:

    Being vegan 🌱 I am sure I could substitute with a plant based sounds easy enough can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing I’ve never heard of this before

  38. Linda says:

    5 stars
    This cauliflower mayo was surprisingly good!

  39. Anna says:

    Great read!

  40. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    What a great idea! Easy and delicious!

  41. Audrey says:

    5 stars
    This was a fantastic recipe for cauliflower!

  42. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    This was surprisingly good!

  43. 5 stars
    Easy, simple and super delicious. Thank you for sharing. I would have never thought to make cauliflower spread. Great idea!

    • Creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread is not common outside of Romania, but we grew up with it. At our house, we called just that, never salad, but salad is widespread in Romania. Semantics:)) The important thing is that it makes a quick and delicious appetizer.

  44. Sue says:

    5 stars
    I love cauliflower, and I’ve never heard of making it into a spread like this – must try!

  45. Shilpa says:

    5 stars
    Love this easy peasy spread recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  46. 5 stars
    Omg I can just imagine how delicious this is with naan bread!!

  47. Christine says:

    Wow! Who would have ever thought! I am definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Christine H says:

    This Is something I think I would like. I have made recipes using cauliflower as a replacement for high carb ingredients. But I’ve never heard of this one. Thanks!

    • Creamy cauliflower mayonnaise spread is a specific Romanian dish; perhaps this is why it sounds a bit like a novelty (especially with the salad confusion, LOL). I hope you will give it a go. Cauliflower is an underrated veggie, but it is healthy and versatile.

  49. Evon says:

    5 stars
    My favorite vegetable is cauliflower. I’m always on the lookout for great new recipes, and I’ll add you to my list. Thank you

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