These keto BBQ sides are perfect choices for your next summer cookout. There are more than 10 easy low-carb recipes for bbq to choose from!
Why you'll love it
Summer just isn't the same without picnics, outdoor BBQs parties, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and pool parties to attend.
And, of course, if you are hosting the event, you will want to serve the very best keto side dishes, right?
If you're tired of having the same low-carb side dishes at every event, the perfect time to change things up is now!
️ Keto BBQ sides
The recipes below are broken into two categories; cold keto side dishes and grilled bbq side dishes.
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Although you may be tempted to make a classic low-carb potato salad, there are a lot more options you can make for that summer outing. Just take a look at the list below!
1. Sweet Broccoli Salad Supreme
This classic sweet broccoli salad with crispy bacon and chewy unsweetened dried cranberries is low-carb and paleo-friendly, with no added sugar!
It is the perfect keto BBQ side and goes well with ribs.
2. Macaroni Salad with Ham and Cheese
This keto macaroni salad is made with low-carb shirataki noodles. Each serving has less than 1 gram of carb. It's the perfect side dish for all your summer picnics and BBQs.
3. Creamy Cucumber Salad
This creamy cucumber salad recipe is one of the most popular low-carb side dishes at any summer event. If you don't care for large pieces of cucumber, cut thin slices instead!
It is one of my favorite easy keto recipes.
4. Baby Kale and Avocado Salad
Want to make a yummy, healthy salad in a flash? This recipe for baby kale avocado salad with Parmesan takes only minutes to prepare!
Salads make ideal low-carb BBQ sides because they are light and tasty.
5. Asian Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Salad
This Asian style zucchini noodle salad is super easy to prepare. Just mix all the ingredients together and then chill in the refrigerator.
6. Cabbage Coleslaw
There's no carrots added to this keto coleslaw recipe so that the carbs are kept as low as possible. It's made with just 5 simple ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make!
7. Keto Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese
Adding crispy bits of bacon and shredded cheddar cheese really ups the flavor in this keto broccoli salad. If you want to make this an entire meal, just add some shredded chicken.
And if you’re dairy-free, feel free to omit the cheese or use a non-dairy substitute.
8. Amish Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
There is something extra special about this keto side dish. Perhaps it's the crispy bits of bacon tossed in with the tender broccoli and cauliflower florets. It adds the perfect salty crunch!
This Amish broccoli salad is the perfect way to replace potato salad because it uses fresh veggies.
9. Greek Salad with Zoodles
If you grow a lot of zucchini over the summer, this easy low-carb Greek salad is a delicious way to serve them. Just toss the ingredients with a simple homemade dressing, then serve over spiralized zucchini.
If you want a more traditional salad, you can use lettuce instead of the vegetable noodles.
10. Grilled Cabbage Steaks
Everyone will love these low-carb grilled cabbage steaks with blue cheese and bacon. It's an easy low-carb recipe that cooks quickly on a grill (or in a pan on the stove).
11. Tomato Casserole
This simple tomato casserole dish is a fantastic way to enjoy fresh tomatoes from the garden. It’s a tasty keto side dish to serve along with grilled meat.
Want to really wow your guests? Just add grilled Brussels sprouts!
12. Southern-Style Green Beans
Although you can cook up a batch of southern green beans in a skillet quickly, a slow-cooker is much more convenient in summer. Plus, the dish can be kept warm in the Crock Pot.
13. Fresh Grilled Vegetables
Photo Credit: Cookin' Canuck
Marinating fresh vegetables in balsamic marinade adds richness while also improving the flavor. Add this easy low-carb recipe to your list of favorite keto side dish recipes.
14. Grilled Romaine and Avocado Salad
Photo Credit: The Wicked Noodle
Made with grilled romaine, creamy avocado, crunchy nuts, and a light lemon dressing, you will love this romaine and avocado salad. This is the perfect keto salad for summer grilling!
Your guests will be pleasantly surprised when they discover the dressing is sugar-free.
15. Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks
Photo Credit: Kalyn's Kitchen
This is one of the low carb side dishes that are perfect to make using up fresh garden zucchini and tomatoes. Every layer of these yummy stacks is bursting with flavor.
Here are some questions people often ask about making side dishes for BBQs and cookouts while on the keto diet.
There are a few things you can make with cream cheese and sour cream that will taste perfect at a BBQ (like jalapeno poppers!). You just need to be aware that when you make them, they will have a shorter shelf life.
As long as you either buy low-carb versions or make keto-friendly recipes, then the sauce and meat can fit in with a keto diet.
When you are planning keto sides, make jicama fries instead of french fries. They have more fiber and fewer carbs.
To avoid the risk of illness from eating refrigerated foods that are left out too long, the USDA suggests these food safety guidelines:
Perishable food should not be left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature or 1 hour if the temperature is above 90 °F.
To help any cold keto side dishes from spoiling in the hot sun, serve the side dishes from bowls that are nestled into a bed of crushed ice.