First Published: May 6,2018… Last Updated: March 12, 2020
This Keto Broccoli Salad is made with raw broccoli, bacon, cheese, and jalapeno pepper. It has a delicious sweet heat profile that will have everyone at your next family reunion potluck asking for the recipe! With only 3 net carbs per serving, this is a side salad that is perfect for the keto diet.
Everyone loves a side dish that is easily portable. This salad fits that description perfectly. It is also a salad that will disappear quickly, so making a big batch recipe is highly recommended. Pack it up in a loved one’s lunch for an easy keto lunch salad, or serve it alongside a Cilantro Lime Grilled Pork Chop!
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I ate Broccoli Salad at many family reunions in my childhood. It was always a favorite of mine. I loved the sweet tang of cranberry with the savory and salty flavor combination. I wanted to replicate the flavor and not lose that sweet, salty, savory flavor combination.
This Broccoli Salad is not your typical picnic salad. To make this keto-friendly, I omitted the dried cranberries to remove the sugars. And, I substituted chopped macadamia nuts in place of sunflower seeds. One serving of this keto side dish recipe has 2.67 net carbs per serving (rounded up, 3 net carbs).
The combination of smoky bacon, spicy jalapeno, cheese, and slightly sweet mayo salad dressing is totally delicious and satisfying. This particular recipe cured my craving and satisfied my addiction to the sweet heat combination that I love so much!
Ingredients needed to make this keto side dish
Powdered Sugar-Free Sweetener: Monkfruit is my sweetener of choice, and this brand is my go-to. I use a powdered sweetener due to the fact it dissolves better than a granulated one does.
Fresh Broccoli: I like to buy the entire crown and break it down into bite-sized pieces. You will need a total of 4 cups of broccoli pieces.
Macadamia Nuts: I went with this nut because it is one of the better nuts for keto. It is high in good fats and low in carbs.
Bacon: I love good thick-cut bacon. The flavor of the crispy salty fat that melts in your mouth is irresistible. Using thick cut in this recipe is recommended for that reason alone!
Jalapeno Peppers: You want just enough jalapeno to give the salad a tiny hit of heat. Feel free to adjust to your own heat tolerance.
Mayonnaise: If you are strict keto, then be sure your mayo is sugar-free.
Cheese: I always shred my own cheese and always use a mild or sharp cheddar.
You may still want to break the broccoli florets into smaller pieces but still makes it more convenient.
Buy pre-shredded cheese. For some dieters, the little bit of starch on the cheese doesn’t matter to them. It really only matters to those who are following a very strict ketogenic diet.
Use pre-cooked bacon instead of cooking your own. Just microwave the pre-cooked bacon per package instructions to make it crispy before adding to the salad.
Make this Keto Broccoli Salad your way
Use roasted chopped pecans, walnuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds in place of the macadamias.
Make it dairy-free and omit the cheese. To make it visually appealing, add 1/2 cup shredded carrot to the salad in place of the cheese. Be sure to adjust the carb count accordingly
If you prefer cooked broccoli, you can blanch the broccoli and let it cool before assembly.
The sweetener is optional here. I added it to replace the little bit of sweetness you get with the cranberries in the original broccoli salad recipe. If your good without it, that’s fine, just omit it.
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
Welcome! I'm Shelby, author of Grumpy's Honeybunch. I have been sharing family favorite recipes since 2007. We started the Keto Diet in October 2017 and since then I have been creating Keto ... read more
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