Keto Side Dishes for Summer

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It’s SUMMERTIME!!!! And, these easy low or no cook Keto side dishes are fresh and healthy. The Keto friendly side dishes listed here are perfect for get-to-gethers or dinner on the patio. Cheers!

Side Dishes with Bacon

I’m starting with Broccoli and Bacon Salad because it’s a reader and a family favorite. My (normally) green adverse teen asks for this one by name.

📋Keto Broccoli and Bacon Salad Recipe
This fantastic salad is great as a side or a light meal. It's bursting with flavor and a satisfying crunch. It's perfect for potlucks, weeknight dinners and meal prepping because it's even better the next day.
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Keto bacon broccoli salad FI

And, this Keto friendly side dish makes an appearance several times over the Summer. Big deal right? Well, it is. I develop recipes and share them online. It’s rare than I make anything more than once a year or so.

But, this is one of those exceptions that I make on my very rare meal prepping days.

Keto Faux-tato Salad
This low carb faux potato salad will amaze you. Seriously…it's ding-dong-delicious and tastes like real potato salad. Yes, it's made with radishes but hear me out before you click away…I am a confirmed radish hater and I love this. Boiling radishes rids them of their funky, bitter taste and you are going to LOVE this if you have gone low carb and miss this traditional, Summer comfort food. I swear it is freaking fantastic.
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Keto Potato Salad Recipe Low carb Gluten Free & delicious

This Keto Recipe is the only one on the list that you’ll need to serve warm. But, it’s delicious and I had to include it. This low carb take on the classic “Drunken Beans” recipe is perfect accompaniment for any Low Carb Mexican Recipe.

Low Carb Frijoles Borrachos (Keto Drunken Beans)
Savory and spicy with just a hint of sweetness. This Drunken Bean Recipe is the low carb version of the classic Mexican Frijoles Borrachos side dish. This is the perfect low carb side for any Mexican meal.
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Low Carb Frijoles Borrachos FI


This Keto Friendly side dish recipe is perfect for bbq’s. There’s no mayo so it won’t “go off” if it sits out. That’s a HUGE plus and everyone will love this crunchy, colorful salad.

Low Carb Coleslaw – Confetti Recipe
Sweet, crunchy red cabbage and bright veggies tossed in a healthy, tangy dressing. Perfect for picnics or bbq's. Dairy free and enrobed in spices.
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Low Carb Coleslaw FI

Ooooh, here’s one that been hiding in the archives. It’s low carb, high fiber deliciousness with a tangy kick.

Keto KFC Coleslaw Copycat
If you love KFC's signature colesalw than you are in for a treat. This fantasically healthy side dish compliments any healthy Keto dinner or can stand alone. It's easy, keeps well and can be served in mixed company (Non-Keto people love it too). Low carb and high fiber!
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KFC Coleslaw Copycat recipe Keto Gluten free

If you love Thai food than this side dish recipe is for you! The crunchy cashews and sesame dressing make this a hit. Don’t forget to serve it up with some chopsticks for those who like to eat their salad one tiny piece at a time….

This recipe is perfect with some spicy Pad Thai and Peanut Sauce.

Asian Inspired Side Dishes

This cucumber side is “smashing”! It’s the perfect side with any meal but its especially good with Asian recipes like this Keto Pad Thai.

Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad
Crushing the cells of the cucumber is a widely used technique all over Asia. The bashing of the cool cucumbers produces a different flavor profile than just slicing and this new flavor gets along smashingly with the chili oil. (See what I did there?)
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Smashed Cucumber Salad FI
Chopped Thai Salad with Sesame Dressing
Fresh, crunchy chopped veggies coated in a Sesame Thai dressing. This salad is the perfect side with any spicy dish. Add chopped chicken and make it a meal!
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Low Carb Chopped Thai Salad FI

This low profile Fennel Salad recipe is AMAZING with barbecued meat. It really brings the whole meal together.

Low Carb Cabbage and Fennel Salad Recipe
Crispy, fresh Asian inspired salad that's simplistic while still packing a punch. The refreshing citrus notes and warm ginger make it the perfect accompaniment for braised and barbecued meat.
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Cabbage and Fennel Salad FI

This cooling Raita is perfect for spicy Thai, Indian and Mexican dishes. And a big bonus…this keto side takes about TEN minutes to make. That’s it…ten minutes!

Low Carb Cucumber Raita (Indian Cucumber Salad)
This Low Carb Cucumber Riata is the perfect accompaniment for any Indian inspired meal. The cooling cucumber and mint are complimented by the spicy chili pepper. Bonus: This side dish only takes about 10 minutes to make from start to finish.
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Low Carb Cucumber Raita FI

Your family might be suspicious when you put this one out on the table. Not everyone is familiar with parsley as the main ingredient in a side dish. If you have never tried tabouli, you should make this right away. It packs a nutritional punch with amazing fresh flavors.

Keto Low Carb Tabouli with Hemp Hearts
This crisp veggie salad is made with hemp hearts, parsley, cucumbers, tomatoes, mint and seasoning. It's the perfect side salad or lunch and it only gets better with time. Great meal prep salad that you can eat all week!
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Low Carb Tabouli FI

This make ahead cucumber salad is perfect with any BBQ or Asian meal. Whip this up with some Green Curry Braised Chicken and your family will think you’re a genius.

Sweet & Spicy Thai Cucumber Salad
Sweet and spicy cucumber salad will make your taste buds happy! It's super easy and goes great with any meal. Plus, it gets better in the fridge overnight.
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Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe Keto Gluten free low carb

Everything Else

This last category is a mixed bag of cold Keto Side Dishes that go with everything.

Marinated Zucchini Noodles and tangy goat cheese steal the show in this gorgeous pesto coated recipe.

Low Carb Zucchini Chevre with Roasted Tomatoes
The Low Carb Zucchini Chevre with Roasted tomatoes is simple side dish marked with quality ingredients. The zucchini doesn't need to be cooked as it softens when marinated in the pesto. This is the perfect accompaniment to any low carb / Keto Meal.
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Low Carb Zucchini Chevre and roasted tomatoes fi

Crunchy, garden fresh green beans hold up perfectly in this make ahead side dish. Roasting the walnuts is key in this recipe

Low Carb Green Bean Salad Recipe
Crispy, tender green beans and crunchy walnuts steal the show in this sweet and tangy, cold green bean salad. It's a great make ahead side dish for Summer and Autumn.
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Low Carb Green Bean Salad

If you miss pasta salad, this side dish is looking at you. I know, I know. You’ve been burned on “cauliflower recipes” before. But I’m not in the business of convincing you that you like cauliflower. I just know this tastes good and fills the gap where GIANT pasta salads used to live in my Summer Side rotation.

Keto Roasted Cauliflower Salad
A chilled side salad that features roasted cauliflower, bacon and crunchy vegetables dressed with a tangy sauce. This salad is a perfect side dish for BBQ or as a light lunch on the patio. Filling and fantastic replacement for high carb pasta salads.
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Keto Roasted Cauliflower Salad

The Caprese Side Salad is famous for a reason. It’s good and I have never met someone who didn’t like it. (Ok, maybe tomato haters don’t like it. But they’re weirdos and I’m not counting them).

Caprese Snack Salad
Ripe, juicy tomatoes and sweet fresh mozzarella dolloped with pesto sauce. This is a simple salad that you can enjoy anytime.
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Caprese Salad FI

This side dish was a staple at our house way before Keto came to roost. It’s great with Italian food, Mexican, Asian and burgers. It gets along with everyone.

Quick Greek Salad Recipe
This easy salad isn't just healthy, it tastes fantastic too. This is my go to salad because it comes together so fast. It goes great with everything.
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Greek Salad Recipe FI

That’s all for the Keto Summer Side Dishes!

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