Following a ketogenic diet can help you shed pounds, improve your cholesterol, decrease your blood glucose levels and lower your blood pressure. However, figuring out what to eat can be tricky, especially if you’re just starting out.
One mistake people make on keto is not filling up on enough of the right veggies. Keto salads with the right macros (low carbs, moderate protein, high fat) can be a delicious way to satisfy your hunger and stay in ketosis, ensuring that your body burns fat while still remaining healthy.
How can you incorporate the right veggies into your diet? Why not start with these 13 keto salad recipes?
1. Broccoli Salad With Bacon
With only 4 net carbs per cup, broccoli also has loads of vitamins C and K, making it an ideal choice for keto meals. Low Carb Maven shares this easy, creamy salad. Broccoli florets are coated with a mayo-based dressing and topped with crunchy bits of bacon.
2. Taco Salad
Don’t give up Taco Tuesday just because you’re keto. You can make this dish from My Keto Recipes and dine alongside your carb-eating family without feeling deprived. The author includes a homemade version of taco seasoning as well (who knew the packaged stuff could be loaded with carbs?).
3. Chicken Shawarma Salad
Although shawarma is most commonly wrapped in a pita, you can cut the carbs and enjoy the flavor by serving it on a salad instead. The Keto Summit offers this recipe, featuring perfectly seasoned chicken chunks and a light homemade dressing with olive oil, lemon juice and pepper.
4. Avocado Greek Salad
Enjoy the flavors of Greece in this chunky, cool, keto-friendly salad. Cafe Delites shares this recipe with a little lettuce and loads of avocado, olives, feta and more. Ideal when you’ve met your protein macros for the day but still have room for some healthy carbs and fats.
5. Big Mac Salad
When a craving for fast food rears its ugly head, head to the kitchen instead. Whip up this salad from Wholesum Yum, complete with ground beef, cheese, special sauce and even pickles. You will not miss the bun.
6. Cobb Salad
Popular since the 1930s, Cobb salads were keto-friendly long before the ketogenic diet became a household name. This version by Keto Connect is overflowing with robust flavors, such as bacon, cheddar cheese, chicken and avocado.
7. Avocado, Egg And Salmon Salad
A salad doesn’t need to be boring to be healthy. Tatyana’s Everyday Food shares a keto salad with creamy poached egg, crunchy cucumber, crispy salmon and so much more.
8. Chicken BLT Salad
If you want a fast, delicious salad, grab a rotisserie chicken and toss it with some bacon, Romaine and cherry tomatoes. If you’re not in a rush, start from scratch and follow this recipe from the Diet Doctor. Sauteeing the chicken in bacon grease takes the dish to another level.
9. Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad
Grilled chicken with a kick of wing sauce can make for a salad that’s sure to warm you up on a chilly day. Cool buttermilk ranch dressing completes the familiar flavor profile of the favorite appetizer. Fit Mom Journey tosses a crisp, green salad with cheese and tops it with chicken and bacon before drizzling it with dressing.
10. Salad Nicoise
The traditional French salad can be completely keto. If you have hard-boiled eggs and canned tuna on hand, you can put this dish together in mere minutes. The recipe at the aptly-named Completely Keto even provides dressing you can make in the blender.
11. Wedge Salad With Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
Looking for the perfect accompaniment for the perfectly-prepared steak? This wedge salad from All She Cooks might be it. A cool, thick wedge of iceberg lettuce is topped with bacon, egg, avocado and a thick, satisfying dressing.
12. Spinach Salad With Hot Bacon Mustard Dressing
Spinach is a superfood, offering everything from iron and magnesium to calcium and protein. Get your fill of this amazing veggie with a salad like this one. Modern Low Carb mixes spinach leaves with mushrooms, olives, eggs and more, topping it with a warm dressing made using mustard, bacon grease and seasonings.
13. Avocado Pepperoni Salad
Salad can be so much more than just a big bowl of greens. This small but mighty dish by Hey Keto Mama contains mozzarella pearls, pepperoni, avocado and the perfect blend of seasonings for a light yet filling lunch or snack with a decidedly Italian flair.