20+ Keto Salad Recipes

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Are you looking for some new salad recipes that are extremely delicious and healthy at the same time? Well, look no further. We’ve created a list with 20+ keto salad recipes that are filling, nutritious, packed with proteins, and super refreshing.

20+ Keto Salad Recipes

So get ready to surprise your taste buds with these 20+ delicious keto salad recipes! Whether you’re looking for a refreshing lunch or a hearty dinner, these salads are packed with flavor, healthy fats, and plenty of protein to keep you feeling satisfied all day long. 

Starting from classic simple salad recipes to creative protein-packed options, this list has something for everyone. Also, these recipes are low in carbs and high in nutrients, making them the perfect addition to any keto meal plan.

Are Salads Keto-Friendly?

The answer to this question depends very much on the ingredients used to create the salad. For example, a salad with high-sugar dressing, croutons, or high in-carb vegetables may kick you out of ketosis.

But fortunately, there are many salad recipes that are great for a keto diet since they are made with naturally low-carb ingredients, healthy fats, and high-fat dressing.

So if you are on a keto diet and want to make a salad, it’s important to avoid high-carb ingredients like croutons and sweetened dressings and to pay attention to the carb count of each ingredient to stay within the limits of the ketogenic diet.

Common Ingredients In Keto Salad Recipes

  1. Leafy Greens: Leafy greens are the foundation of any salad. Opt for low-carb varieties like spinach, kale, arugula, and romaine lettuce. These greens are not only nutritious but also rich in fiber, which is essential for a well-rounded keto diet.
  2. Protein: Keto salads are not just about greens. To make your salad a complete meal, add a source of protein. Consider grilled chicken, salmon, shrimp, or tofu. These options provide essential nutrients and help you stay full.
  3. Healthy Fats: The keto diet relies heavily on healthy fats for energy. Incorporate ingredients like avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil to boost the fat content of your salad. These fats make the meal more satisfying and flavorful.
  4. Low-Carb Veggies: Be mindful of the vegetables you choose. While some keto-friendly options include cucumbers, bell peppers, and zucchini, others like carrots and peas should be used sparingly, as they have higher carb content.
  5. Dressings: Traditional salad dressings are often loaded with sugar and unhealthy fats. To maintain ketosis, opt for keto-friendly dressings, which we’ll explore in detail later.

Steps For Making A Keto Salad

  • Choose your base: Start with a base of leafy greens such as spinach, arugula, or mixed greens.
  • Prepare your favorite low-carb vegetables: cucumbers, tomatoes, or bell peppers.
  • Add protein: grilled chicken, steak, or salmon. Alternatively, you can add boiled eggs, bacon, or tofu for a vegetarian option.
  • Add healthy fats: avocado chunks, nuts, or seeds.
  • Dress it up: Top your salad with a keto-friendly dressing such as olive oil and vinegar, avocado oil, or ranch made with full-fat dairy.
  • Mix it up: Mix everything to distribute the ingredients and flavors evenly.
  • Garnish and serve: Add some cheese, keto croutons, herbs, or extra toppings for a finishing touch, and enjoy your delicious and satisfying keto salad.

What Type Of Salad Can You Eat On A Keto Diet?

Various salads can fit into a keto diet by focusing on low-carb vegetables and incorporating healthy fats and proteins. Here are some key components for making keto-friendly salads:

  •  Leafy Greens: Use low-carb greens like spinach, kale, arugula, or mixed greens since they are nutrient-dense and low in net carbs.
  • Non-Starchy Vegetables: Choose vegetables like cucumber, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. They add texture to the salad without adding any extra carbs.
  • High-Fat Ingredients: Add healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, nuts, seeds, or high-fat dressings.
  • Protein: Include protein sources such as grilled chicken, salmon, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, or tofu to help keep you full.
  • Dressings: Try using homemade or store-bought dressings that are low in carbohydrates. 

Best Keto Salad Dressings

Choosing the right dressing is crucial in enhancing the flavor of your keto salad while keeping it low in carbohydrates. Here are some options:

  1. Olive Oil and Vinegar: A classic combination of olive oil and vinegar, such as balsamic or red wine, makes for a simple, low-carb dressing.
  2. Avocado-based Dressing: Blend avocado with olive oil, lime juice, and a touch of garlic for a creamy, keto-friendly option.
  3. Tahini Dressing: Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is rich and creamy. Combine it with lemon juice, garlic, and water for a delightful consistency.
  4. Ranch Dressing: You can make a keto-friendly ranch dressing using mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, and herbs.
  5. Lemon-Herb Vinaigrette: Mix fresh lemon juice, olive oil, minced herbs, and a touch of Dijon mustard for a zesty vinaigrette.
  6. Sesame-Ginger Dressing: Create an Asian-inspired dressing using sesame oil, ginger, rice vinegar, and a low-carb sweetener like stevia or erythritol.
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Creamy Cucumber Radish Salad (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Even radish haters love this creamy cucumber radish salad that’s so crunchy and refreshing. It paleo, Whole30, and keto, and makes a perfect side for BBQs and warmer weather meals!
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Creamy Cucumber Salad

Creamy Cucumber Salad

Refreshing, tasty, healthy, and made from easy-to-find ingredients, this creamy cucumber salad recipe is the perfect choice for those moments when you need a quick and delicious side dish recipe.
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Looking for a quick and simple way to make a low carb salad? This Keto Cabbage Salad Recipe is the way to go. Creamy mayo based dressing over tender, thinly shaved colorful cabbage, cucumbers and radishes.
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Keto Egg Salad with Bacon

Classic egg salad that's high in protein, low in carbs! This egg salad tastes just like deviled eggs! Perfect side dish for dinner's or wrap in lettuce to make a super easy meal prep.
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keto egg salad in a bowl ready to be served

The Best Keto Egg Salad

This keto egg salad tastes amazing and it’s perfect for breakfast on a low carb bread toast or for lunch in a lettuce wrap. It’s extremely easy to make with simple ingredients, very creamy and so delicious. It will instantly become a staple in your kitchen.
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Who says you can’t enjoy potato salad if you live a keto lifestyle? With a little bit of creativity and a switch of one major ingredient you can! Although technically not “potato” salad, this gluten free potato salad is made using cauliflower instead. It’s packed with the same traditional ingredients and made the same way, but the star of the show is keto-friendly cauliflower instead of potatoes!
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Keto Broccoli Salad Recipe

This delicious keto broccoli salad is low-carb, super healthy, and loaded with healthy fats, nutrients, and fiber.
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Easy Low-Carb Caprese Salad

There are few things that beat the simplicity and flavor of a fresh, low-carb caprese salad! Our low-carb recipe is made keto-friendly by using the lowest-carb balsamic you can find, (be sure to check the labels—some balsamic vinegars contain a LOT of sugar), as well as adding in just a little healthy cider vinegar as well.
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Keto Salmon Salad

Keto Salmon Salad – a delicious loaded meal made with grilled or broiled salmon, cucumber, eggs, tomatoes, avocado, crispy bacon and a creamy and tangy vinaigrette. Low carb, keto , gluten free with Whole 30 & paleo friendly options.
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keto tuna salad recipe

Best Keto Tuna Salad

This is the best keto tuna salad recipe that’s super quick to make and loaded with flavor. Served on keto bread or lettuce wraps, enjoy an excellent tuna salad that bursts with flavor and keeps you full for hours.
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Keto Shrimp Salad

This Keto Shrimp Salad is healthy and delicious salad to surely delight the palate. It's easy, fresh, and ready in under 30 minutes. This might become one of your favorite low carb shrimp recipes.
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Keto Mediterranean Greek Salad

If you are needing the perfect healthy side dish, look no further. This Keto Mediterranean Greek Salad is perfect for any night of the week and can also serve as a yummy snack. This is one of my go-to side dishes during the week. It’s filled with so much flavor and fills me right up. In addition, it is the perfect dish to take to any social gathering or picnic. 
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Low Carb Caesar Salad with Chicken

This low carb chicken caesar salad with chicken has everything you want in a caesar salad while being low carb and keto! Crisp Romain lettuce, juicy chicken, crispy parmesan chips and a creamy homemade Keto Caesar salad dressing. 
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Enjoy a marinated and grilled chicken over an Asian inspired salad and topped with a flavorful dressing. This light and refreshing colorful salad makes for the perfect weeknight dinner or lunch!
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The Best Keto Spinach Salad! (Low Carb)

If you’re one of the many cutting carbs from your diet right now, this Keto Spinach Salad w/ chicken, bacon, eggs, and avocado is low carb and just what you need. It might very well be your new favorite salad!
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Keto Strawberry Spinach Salad

This paleo and keto strawberry spinach salad is incredibly fresh, nutritious, simple and scrumptious! Whip it up in under 15 minutes for a stellar low carb side dish.
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Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad

This Antipasto salad is loaded with fresh lettuce, tomato, cheese, pepperoni, salami slices, and a delicious balsamic dressing that completes everything perfectly. Learn how to make the best antipasto salad that’s easy to make, customizable, and ready in only 10 minutes.
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Keto Hamburger Salad

Keto Hamburger Salad (known as a Big Mac Salad) lets you enjoy all the flavors of a ground beef cheeseburger from McDonald's while keeping your low carb diet in check.
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Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Ready in 20 minutes, this delicious taco salad is extremely flavorful and satisfying. Made from naturally low-carb ingredients, this salad is loaded with healthy fats and fiber making it a great lunch or dinner idea.
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Easy BLT Keto Salad Recipe

BLT – Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomatoes. A match made in heaven! This super easy BLT keto salad recipe can be ready in no time and makes a perfect low carb salad or side dish.
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Whole30 + Keto Wedge Salad

A good wedge salad is one of my favorite things to order on a date night at the steakhouse. I don’t know what it is, but they are always so dang good! This Whole30 + Keto wedge salad is just like the one at the steakhouse (but less expensive). It is topped with a creamy homemade ranch, crispy bacon, perfect boiled eggs and juicy tomatoes. This wedge will be your new favorite salad!
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Keto Steak Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

This Keto Steak Salad is filled with a ton of greens, sliced avocado, grilled red onions and tomatoes, chopped boiled eggs, sliced jicama, and thinly sliced sirloin and drizzled with a homemade Red Wine Vinaigrette.
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Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing

This Thai Peanut Salad Recipe is so tasty with fresh shredded cabbage, peanuts, chopped veggies, and tossed with a delicious Thai peanut dressing. Eat this healthy salad as a side dish or main dish by adding chopped cooked chicken.
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Keto salads are a delicious and nutritious addition to your low-carb lifestyle. With an array of creative salad recipes and keto-friendly dressings, you can enjoy a wide variety of flavors while staying true to the principles of the ketogenic diet. 

Remember to choose fresh, low-carb ingredients and experiment with different combinations to keep your salads exciting and satisfying. Whether following a keto diet or simply looking to eat healthier, these salads will surely please your taste buds and your body.

Antipasto Salad

20+ Keto Salad Recipes

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Prep time 10 minutes
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Are you looking for some new salad recipes that are extremely delicious and healthy at the same time? Well, look no further. We’ve created a list with 20+ keto salad recipes that are filling, nutritious, packed with proteins, and super refreshing.


  • 6 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 4 oz salami diced
  • 6 oz provolone cheese
  • 4 oz marinated artichokes drained and chopped
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives
  • 4 oz mozzarella balls
  • 2 oz pepperoni

For Dressing

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Start by preparing the dressing. In a small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  • Prepare all the ingredients for the salad by chopping the romaine lettuce, halving the cherry tomatoes, dicing the salami, slicing the red onion, and draining and chopping the marinated artichokes.
  • In a large bowl, assemble the salad by adding the romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, salami, provolone cheese, marinated artichokes, red onion, olives, mozzarella balls, and pepperoni.
  • Drizzle the salad with the prepared dressing.
  • Mix the salad gently to coat all the ingredients with the dressing.
  • Serve the salad immediately and enjoy!
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Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine American
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