Top 20 keto and low-carb salad recipes

Many people think of salads as boring diet food that will leave you hungry and unsatisfied. But we disagree. Our keto salad recipes are rich in protein — and they’re filled with nutrition, flavors, and healthy fats to keep you fueled all day long.

From Caesar to taco, Greek to egg, our keto-friendly salads are the perfect side, main, lunch, or dinner.

We’ve also included a section for keto salad ingredients, keto salad toppings, and easy keto salad dressings so that you can build your own perfect salad.

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Top 10 keto salads

We define our keto salads as having an energy percentage (E%) below 4% net carbs per serving. The amount of net carbs per serving is shown in the green circular icons. Here are our top 10 keto salad ideas.

1. Keto Caesar salad

This salad is a true keto classic. Moist chicken and crispy bacon are served on a bed of crunchy Romaine lettuce. In our version, we don’t skimp on the dressing or the parmesan cheese!


2. Keto wedge salad

You don’t have to go to a fancy steakhouse to enjoy this signature salad. Simple and filling, this salad is topped with fresh tomatoes, crunchy bacon, creamy blue cheese, and protein-packed eggs.


3. Keto cheeseburger salad

This amazing salad is quick, inexpensive, and filled with all of the best flavors of a juicy cheeseburger.


4. Spicy shrimp salad

Here, we combine hot shrimp with smooth avocado and crunchy cucumber, topped with a delicious ginger and garlic dressing. In other words, it’s the perfect salad.


5. Salad sandwiches

Who said that a great sandwich needs bread? These fun keto salad sandwiches are proof that lettuce can work just as well.


6. Keto taco salad with salsa dressing and guacamole

This fast and simple dish has all the flavors of Mexican tacos — but without the tortillas or the carbs.


7. Keto cauliflower ‘potato’ salad

This quick and easy cauliflower salad tastes just like traditional potato salad, if not even better — especially when you cook the florets on the grill.


8. Warm keto kale salad

This warm salad with sautéed kale, blue cheese, Dijon mustard, and garlic make a great side dish. Top it with grilled chicken or shrimp to make it a meal.


9. Keto chicken BLT salad

Bacon, lettuce, and tomato are a classic combination — but why stop there? Make it keto by adding lettuce, some tender pieces of chicken, and a dollop of creamy aioli.

10. Seafood salad with avocado

A tasty seafood salad with protein-rich shrimp and salmon. When you add avocado, mayonnaise, and sour cream, you have an excellent keto meal.

Build your own keto salad

Would you prefer to make your own salad with what you have on hand? Let us help you! We’ll show you which vegetables, protein, and fats to use to create a well-rounded, delicious keto salad.

1. Vegetables

From a low-carb perspective, choose vegetables that grow above ground since they usually contain fewer carbs.

Here are our top 10 keto vegetables.

  • Spinach: 1 gram of net carbs
  • Avocado: 2 grams of net carbs
  • Asparagus: 2 grams of net carbs
  • Cauliflower: 3 grams of net carbs
  • Zucchini: 3 grams of net carbs
  • Kale: 3 grams of net carbs
  • Green Beans: 4 grams of net carbs
  • Broccoli: 4 grams of net carbs
  • Brussels sprouts: 5 grams of net carbs

Check out our low-carb vegetables guide to learn more.

How to make your own keto salad

2. Choose your proteins

Add your protein! This is a great way to make use of leftovers. You can use cooked eggs, meat, poultry, fish, or seafood. Pick your favorites and create your own perfect combination. The amount of protein below is for 3.5-ounce (100-gram) portion sizes.
  1. Salmon: About 20 grams of protein
  2. Canned tuna: About 23.6 grams of protein
  3. Shrimp (cooked): About 23 grams of protein
  4. White fish: About 23 grams of protein
  5. Grilled chicken: About 32 grams of protein
  6. Steak: About 20 grams of protein
  7. Ground meat: About 20 grams of protein
Salmon — quick ingredient for keto salads

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Salmon 20 grams of protein
Canned tuna — quick ingredient for keto salads

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Canned tuna 23 grams of protein
Shrimp and seafood — quick ingredient for keto salads

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Shrimp 23 grams of protein
White fish — quick ingredient for keto salads

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White fish 23 grams of protein
Chicken — quick ingredient for keto salads

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Grilled chicken 32 grams of protein
Steak — quick ingredient for keto salads

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Steak 20 grams of protein
Ground meat — quick ingredient for keto salads

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Ground meat 20 grams of protein

3. Healthy dressing and toppings

Last but definitely not least, add healthy fats. This is essential in order to make your salad satisfying. It doesn’t have to be complicated.

  • A drizzle of olive oil and vinegar
  • A dollop of mayo
  • A sprinkle of cheese like shredded cheddar, parmesan, blue cheese, or feta
  • A sprinkle of seeds like chia, flax, poppy, or sunflower

If you need inspiration for new delicious dressings to add to your salads, check out our dips and dressings.

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Top 10 low-carb salads

We define a low-carb salad as having an energy percentage (E%) between 4 and 10% net carbs per serving. The amount of net carbs per serving is displayed in the yellow circular icons. Here are our top 10 low-carb salad ideas.

1. Superfood salmon salad bowl

This Mediterranean superfood salad is the ultimate throw-together meal for when time is precious, but you don’t want to skimp on nutrients.


2. Salad Niçoise

Bye, bye, potatoes — and hello, peppery turnips! This salad has been updated from the original version and has a kiss of salty dressing.


3. Antipasto salad

This filling antipasto salad is packed with traditional Italian cold cuts and topped with crumbled chili and basil.


4. The easiest fish salad

This is a go-to low-carb meal for ultra-busy days. It takes very few steps, ingredients, and prep time, but gives maximum nutrients, healthy fats, and protein.


5. Keto zucchini and walnut salad

Meet your new favorite low-carb meal! This salad is crunchy and nutty and filled with flavorful sautéed zucchini. Top with grilled chicken for extra protein.


6. Summer asparagus and halloumi salad

Rich in vitamins, this salad is a nutritional powerhouse. Served with a dressing made with healthy fats, and top with slices of warm, salty, grilled Halloumi.


7. Egg salad

BBQ or potluck, here we come! Zucchini stands in for potatoes in this low-carb and spiced-up makeover of the classic summer fave, potato salad.


8. Cajun chicken salad with guacamole

Your dinner salad just got a fresh flavor upgrade! This satisfying cajun chicken salad has it all, spicy chicken, guacamole, and a homemade ripe tomato vinaigrette.


9. Greek salad

Go Greek with this classic salad. Naturally low carb.

10. Turkey salad with cilantro-lime dressing

The irresistible combination of the zesty dressing, crunchy green tomatoes, and delicious turkey make this super green low-carb salad a real hit.