It’s Summer. So salad days are here, again. But it can be tough to know how to make keto-friendly summer salads. What vegetables can you use? And how do you hit your desired macros of 80% fat, 15% protein, and 5% carbs?
You can make the best keto summer salads by using plenty of spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, kale, asparagus, avocado, and cabbage. All of these vegetables have the lowest net carb count. You can add other vegetables with higher carbs but be a little more careful with bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, and green beans.
Tomatoes have a higher carb count still, so these need to be used sparingly if you are on a strict keto diet of 20 grams of net carbs.
The great news with Keto salads is you can indulge in delicious dressings, and mayonnaise, or cream cheese based dips, Here’s a roundup of 15 of the best Keto Summer Salads.
Keto broccoli salad
For a nutrient dense lunch or snack, try this sophisticated salad. The broccoli is blanched and then shocked in ice water to keep it fresh and vibrant. The addition of pumpkin seeds, pecans, and Parmesan make the salad both tasty and healthy, with different textures.
Mock Low Carb Potato Salad Recipe
While potatoes are off the menu with keto, why not try this mock potato salad which uses low carb cauliflower instead. It has just 3 grams of net carbs per serve!
Grilled Keto Halloumi Salad
This halloumi summer salad is given a delicious sweet twist with the addition of raspberries. There's a delicious crunch from toasted pumpkin seeds and a sophisticated balsamic dressing.
Thai Chicken Salad - Savory Tooth
A delicious Summer salad with an Asian vibe. Low carb veggies including cabbage and carrots teamed with a delicious sesame oil and peanut dressing.
Vegan keto tofu salad with sesame dressing
This tofu salad is zinging with Asian flavors. It's best to marinade the tofu for at least four hours before cooking.
Chopped Italian Keto Antipasto Salad Recipe | Wholesome Yum
This Italian inspired salad is the perfect appetiser. It has mozzarella, prosciutto, salami, grape tomatoes, Italian olives, and olive oil. It's finished with fresh basil and black pepper.
Keto tuna lettuce wraps
These fresh tuna lettuce wraps make the perfect lunch time dish. Tuna, yogurt, and avocado are nestled in lettuce wraps. A fresh take on carb-laden traditional wraps.
Keto Deviled Egg Salad
Everybody loves egg salad. Delicious hard boiled eggs mixed with mayonnaise are a firm favorite. They are ideal for a keto diet. If you like you can team the egg salad with some keto-friendly bread and make your favorite egg mayo sandwich. This recipe is lifted by the addition of turkey bacon, chives, Dijon mustard, and paprika.
Keto 7 Layer Salad
This summer salad has it all. It's packed with healthy veggies and tasty meat and cheese. It has Iceberg lettuce, green onions, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes. It's also packed with bacon, hard boiled eggs, and mayonnaise. A perfect tasty salad that anyone will love. Keto-eaters included.
Crab Louie Salad - Savory Tooth
If you love crab, then you'll love this keto Crab Louie Salad. It combines fresh lump crab meat with hard boiled eggs, romaine lettuce, avocado, and tomato. It's tossed in a classic Louie dressing with a little heat from paprika and cayenne.
Thai Zucchini Noodle Salad with Cabbage
This oriental salad is zinging with fresh veggies. It combines cabbage, zucchini noodles, and carrots with a delicious peanut, soy and sriracha dressing.
Keto Caesar Salad with Bacon - EASY, Low Carb, Gluten-Free
Everyone loves Caesar salad. This keto-friendly version combines romaine lettuce with chicken, bacon, Parmesan and a delicious creamy sour cream and mayo dressing. What's not to love?
Avocado Tuna Salad Recipe
This healthy and colorful salad combines tuna, avocado, and tomatoes. It makes an ideal lunch dish and can be made in less than ten minutes.
Easy Strawberry Spinach Salad Recipe With Poppy Seed Dressing
This colorful fruity summer salad makes an ideal accompaniment to meats and other entrees. You can top it with cheese or bacon to make it more substantial . It combines fresh spinach leaves with summer strawberries, almonds, goats cheese and a poppy seed dressing.
We love summer salads and all of these salads are keto-friendly. You can have fresh salads for lunch now the weather is warm. Salads are also great served with BBQs and cookouts. Both keto and non-keto eaters will love these salads. If you’re new to keto, now you have a host of great ideas. Try serving these salads with homemade keto bread. Happy salad days!