Low-carb and keto buffet ideas

Low-carb and keto buffet ideas

A generous and relaxed buffet is the perfect thing when you’re entertaining. The food can be prepared ahead of time and most guests will appreciate being able to pick and choose a plate full of personal favorites.

When planning a buffet, it’s a good idea to pick dishes that compliment each other but with a diversity so there’s something for everyone. It’s a great idea to have vegetarian, dairy-free and nut-free options.

A simple, yet elegant, option that require very little cooking is putting together a cheese platter with some seed crackers on the side, butter, cold cuts, fresh herbs, olives and vegetables with dips.

If you want to finish with a dessert or sweet treat, we recommend a few pieces of good quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids or filling a beautiful plate with fresh berries and mint served with home made whipped cream.

And for drinks? Fill up your best pitchers with flavored water or iced tea. They are great thirst quenchers and can serve as beautiful table decorations at the same time. Check out our visual guides to learn more about carbs in different beverages.

Full guide to low-carb drinks

Low-carb alcohol guide

Below you’ll find our suggestions for a wonderful low-carb buffet. What do you like to serve when feeding a crowd?


Pies are great buffet items. Make up a few batches of the crust and let you imagination do the work when it comes to filling them. If you’re looking for a vegetarian alternative we suggest our avocado pie, it’s delicious.


Add a salad to your buffet table for extra freshness. If you haven’t tried our zucchini salad we strongly suggest you do so.

Finger food

You can’t go wrong with our meatballs, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto or cheddar and bacon balls. Give them a try at you next get-together!


When feeding a crowd there’s always someone asking for bread. Make our garlic and rosemary focaccia or a flavorful crisp bread and serve with butter or olive oil and sea salt.

For the dessert table

A sweet ending to you meal doesn’t necessary have to be overly sweet. Try serving a beautiful cheese platter or a lovely baked Brie cheese.


For even more ideas on what to eat, please see our recipe pages:

For more information about low-carb and keto diets, check out our guides:



Do you have a great low-carb recipe that you want to share? We can cook it, photograph it and publish it here on the site, with your name on it. Or maybe you have a traditional recipe you want us to make a low-carb version of. Please send us an e-mail at recipes@dietdoctor.com with your suggestions on how to make our recipes better. Alternatively, leave a comment below.


  1. Jeanette Gower
    Hi - I have a great egg salad recipe which can be easily modified with alternative options. Best of all, I take it along when asked to "bring a plate" and it is usually the first to be eaten!

    Slice 12 hard boiled eggs.
    Layer a dish with the slices.
    Sprinkle with cooled boiled peas and (optional), cubes of ham or cooked bacon pieces.
    After each layer, sprinkle with salt, pepper and (optional, dried parsley flakes or basil).
    Lightly drizzle some egg mayonnaise over the layer. Do not overdo the mayonnaise as it will become too runny.
    Continue building layers until the eggs are finished.
    Top with a sprigs of parsley or basil and seal in airtight container.
    Save in the fridge for at least an hour for full flavour.

    More egg recipes -
    Curried egg - suit as a side dish or a spread on crackers or bread, or as a dip

    Slice hardboiled eggs (2 per person)
    Add salt, pepper to taste
    Add curry powder (I'd suggest about a teaspoon per person, but to taste) and mix well
    with a fork.
    Add a light drizzle of egg mayonnaise and mix in with the fork until it has a creamy consistency.

    Instead of Mayonnaise, I have also used Avocado and Lime Dip.. (Shop bought) which is very yummy (but without the curry powder.)

    You can also add curry powder in with scrambled eggs or omelette - it is a delicious change.

  2. Christyn
    English cucumber slices as a substrate for spreads and appetizer bites are great! Sliced cucumber (thick enough to support or dip but not too big - sized to comfortably be one bite) placed between paper towels to absorb some of their moisture then arranged for dipping or for stacked with cheese, spreads, smoked salmon, greek yogurt, cream cheese, etc. (google it!) I use a mandolin for slicing and any less than perfect slices get tossed into seltzer or water for flavoring.
  3. Pat
    Chicken wings are great finger food. I bake mine in the oven.
  4. cheryl
    Is chai teas from Stash keto safe?

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