Crunchy Keto Caesar Salad
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NOTE: Yes, this has a relatively high amount of Net Carbs… mainly from all the leafy greens and some in the seeds. I don’t worry about these too much… as long as my small amount of carbs are coming from leafy greens, I’m OK.
This is one of my absolute favorite Keto meals — it is quick to make, requires no cooking, and it tastes delicious!
Many people think that regular Caesar Salad is already keto-friendly, and it often is… but those tasty croutons that often come on top have a surprising amount of carbs! We don’t want to miss out on the crunch, so instead of croutons, I add some really tasty seeds and nuts to the mix. They’re darn good. My favorites are pine nuts, roasted/salted pumpkin seeds, roasted/salted sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds. Trust me, you won’t miss the croutons.
For protein, you can add hard-boiled eggs (buy the pre-cooked ones in the store if you’re lazy like me), chicken, salmon, turkey, salami, or anything else you want. Or you can skip the extra protein and just go with the cheese and the seeds — they already have plenty of protein, and we don’t want to overdo the protein on Keto anyways.
For extra flavor, I add in some Italian seasoning (the dried mix you can buy in any supermarket) and some olive tapenade. They’re totally optional, but are super easy ways to jazz it up a bit and provide some extra tang and zip to the mix. The salty and briny mix of the tapenade, seeds, salt, pepper, and caesar dressing has some great umami flavor.
I literally eat this multiple times per week as an entree salad for dinner, mixing up the combination of seeds, proteins, and seasonings to keep things interesting. And I haven’t gotten bored yet!
Keto Caesar Salad
Enjoy this creamy, crunchy, cheesy, and healthy version of everyone's favorite - Caesar Salad. The seeds are a great crunchy replacement for croutons, and you can add egg, chicken, or other protein to mix it up. Very satisfying as an entree salad for lunch or dinner, and it requires no cooking!
- 1 cup mixed greens
- 1/2 cup kale
- 1/2 cup spinach
- 2 tbsp Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing
- 1/4 cup Italian cheese shredded
- 1 ea eggs hard boiled
- 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp olive tapenade
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- italian seasoning to taste
Combine the greens in a large mixing bowl.
Add the dressing and toss the greens to coat with dressing.
Add the cheese, Italian seasoning, olive tapenade, and salt and pepper. Toss to integrate.
Sprinkle the seeds on top.
Add protein such as hard-boiled egg, chicken, salmon, etc. (optional)
- Substitute the egg (or add to it) with your favorite protein (chicken, salmon, turkey, etc.) -- just make sure it is low-carb, without any sweet dressings
- Skip the cheese if you're staying away from dairy
- Other nuts and seeds can be added or substituted: almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.
- You can use any leafy greens you want -- I usually make it with all Kale, or a mix of Kale and Spinach
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