Keto broccoli salad is perfect to take along for a summer picnic or potluck. The tangy dressing in this cold broccoli and cheese salad makes it a winner.
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I’ve always enjoyed salad made with broccoli so I came up with a keto broccoli salad recipe that’s lower in carbs. And it’s a little different than my sweet broccoli salad recipe which adds sugar free dried cranberries.
Some recipes include chopped red onions, but I left it out to minimize the carbs on a keto diet. I’ve also seen the salad made with ham instead of bacon. I like to add cheese, but you can leave that out.
You can use raw broccoli in the salad, but I find it easier to eat if the florets are steamed first. This low carb broccoli salad has been a very popular salad for summer parties and picnics.
I find it’s a great dish to bring to potlucks. And, this broccoli bacon cheese salad is super easy to prepare.
Making a Keto Broccoli Salad
It does take a little time to chop up the broccoli. But, you can buy it already chopped if you want to save time.
It’s best to use a homemade mayonnaise that uses healthy oil. If you do use a prepared mayonnaise, I like to buy one made with avocado oil. I use this mayo when I don’t have the time to make mayonnaise.
However, it really doesn’t take much time at all to make your own mayonnaise to use in this keto broccoli salad. You don’t even have to cook the egg yolks first.
To make your own mayo, you can just whip it up in a container with a stick blender. It’s super quick to prepare.
Broccoli Salad (Keto) with Stevia
The dressing in this simple low carb broccoli salad is sweet and tangy. It’s a blend of apple cider vinegar, avocado mayonnaise, and stevia sweetener. But you can change up the ingredients to suit your own preferences.
I like to use a stevia sweetener and the SweetLeaf brand packets are the ones I typically use. However, the pure powder extract or liquid extracts work well too. Just use my handy sweetener conversion chart to substitute any sweetener in the recipe.
Although I use apple cider vinegar in the recipe, red wine vinegar is another option. And for the mayo, I prefer using avocado mayonnaise because avocado oil is healthier than seed oils.
The Addition of Bacon and Cheese
Adding in crispy bits of bacon and shredded cheddar cheese really ups the flavor in a keto broccoli salad. And if you’re dairy-free, feel free to omit the cheese or use a non-dairy substitute.
You’ll want to cook the bacon strips in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees F until they are nice and crisp. I don’t even bother to preheat the oven first, either.
To see more, you can check out my post on baking bacon in the oven. It’s a lot cleaner to bake bacon rather than fry, especially if you line your pans with foil.
Topping Off the Salad
I usually don’t mix the sunflower seeds into the low carb broccoli salad if I add them. Instead, I like to sprinkle them on each individual serving so they are nice and crunchy.
Sliced almonds are another option if you don’t care for sunflower seeds. Other nuts like pecans or walnuts would work as well.
Other Keto Recipes for Potluck
If you need a few more summer salad ideas, take a look at some of these other recipes at Low Carb Yum:
Do you have a favorite keto friendly salad that you like to share? My most favorite is my zucchini and squash salad.
Kitchen Tools Needed
You may want to have the following items on hand this easy broccoli salad, the following were used.
I also recommend doubling or even tripling the recipe if taking it to share at a summer potluck gathering. That way, there will be plenty of servings for a crowd.
Be sure to leave a comment below to let us know how the this easy keto side dish for picnics worked out if you tried it.
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Keto Broccoli Salad with Cheese and Bacon
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- Lightly steam broccoli for a minute or two. Drain and cool.
- In a large bowl, mix the mayonnaise, vinegar and stevia with a whisk.
- Toss the broccoli and cheddar cheese into the dressing.
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Post updated in June 2019. Originally published August 2010.