70+ best low-carb and keto salads

Low-carb and keto salad recipes

A salad can be a great option for a lunch or as a side dish to just about anything. Many people think of salads as traditional diet food that will leave you hungry and unsatisfied. Forget about that, that’s not low carb or keto! The salads below are filled with nutrition, flavors and plenty of healthy fat to keep you fueled all through the day.

So, what should you put in a salad? Well, what do you have on hand? From a low-carb perspective, choosing vegetables that grow above ground is a rule of thumb, as they usually contain fewer carbs than the ones growing below ground. Check out our low-carb vegetables guide to see which vegetables are the lowest in carbs.

Use vegetables in season if you can. They are usually more affordable and taste their very best when freshly picked. Try mixing warm and cold greens for additional flavor, exciting textures and to make the salad more like a warm meal.

Add some protein! This is a great way to make use of left overs. You can use eggs, meat, poultry, cheese, fish or seafood. Pick your favorites and create your own perfect combination.

Last, but definitely not least, add fat. This is essential in order to make this a low-carb or keto meal. It doesn’t have to be complicated. A good drizzle of olive oil or a nice dollop of mayo will do the trick. If you need inspiration for new delicious dressings to add to your salads, check out our dips and dressings.

Let the recipes below inspire you to find new and exciting ways to enjoy healthy greens.

Classic salads

Get back to the basics with these timeless salad classics that never go out of style and taste fantastic. American, Green or French? The choice is yours, you can’t go wrong with either.

Meat and poultry salads

Salad isn’t really the start of the meal, it’s the whole meal. Some pieces of beef, pork and poultry can do wonders and turn any salad into a satisfying meal. This hearty-meaty low-carb and keto selection will help you to enjoy a rich and refreshing salad any day of the week.

Fish and seafood salads

Tuna and anchovies are perfect when it comes to nutritious salads, there’s so much flavor going on in these healthy and refreshing combinations. Find your new favorite among these tasty and elegant salads that you can throw together in minutes.

Vegetarian salads

Take a look at our main course-worthy vegetarian salads that will certainly fill you up. If you’re looking for a side dish, feel free to pick one of the many variations of the classic coleslaw for a crunchy refreshment.