This quick broccoli salad with bacon is the perfect side dish for holidays, parties, or just for making sure your family is eating their veggies! With a surprisingly sweet and tangy flavor, you’ll feel more like you’re eating a treat than your daily greens.
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Keto Broccoli Salad With Bacon
With only five ingredients in the salad and three ingredients in the dressing, it’s safe to say that this creamy broccoli salad is SUPER simple to make! But don’t underestimate this veggie-packed side… Its surprisingly sweet and tangy flavor makes it the star of any table.
In fact, the only part that requires a little prep time is the bacon, which you can absolutely make ahead of time. I recommend my Perfect Baked Bacon for easy-prep, no-mess, perfect-every-time bacon.
Does The Broccoli Need To Be Raw Or Can It Be Cooked?
I prefer to use raw broccoli in this dish. The crunch is so satisfying! Plus it means less prep work, which is always a win.
If you’re grossed out by raw broccoli though, no worries! You can LIGHTLY steam the broccoli before combining the ingredients. Just be careful not to overcook, because you don’t want to end up with a pile of mush.
Is Red Onion Keto?
Red onion is not the lowest carb vegetable, but as long as you pay attention to your serving size, it can still be Keto-friendly!
For example, one cup of chopped red onion has about 14 net carbs.
However, this recipe only calls for half of a red onion, which will be somewhere from five to eight net carbs for the entire recipe depending on the size of the onion. At six servings total, that is somewhere around one net carb per serving.
And for such a small carb count, red onion adds SO much flavor! So I advocate for using it wisely and soaking up all that onion-y goodness.
Can You Serve Keto Broccoli Salad Right Away?
Indeed you can! If you’re looking for a quick and easy side, all you have to do is mix it up and serve. Just ten minutes from kitchen to table.
However, if you’re thinking of making Keto broccoli salad with bacon ahead of time for an event, or if you don’t eat the whole thing in one sitting, I have good news… it gets even BETTER in the fridge!
The flavors will really meld together as it sits. Even just a few hours will do the trick, but it will also keep for three to four days in an airtight container in the fridge.
So don’t be afraid to prep ahead of time, or to make a little extra!
How To Make Broccoli Salad With Bacon
Ready to see just how easy this creamy broccoli salad is to make?
First, let’s do some chopping! Chop your raw (or lightly steamed) broccoli into bite-sized florets. Then you’ll want to chop your water chestnuts, onion, and bacon as well.
Next, add the broccoli, water chestnuts, onion, almond slivers, and bacon to a large bowl.
Toss until all the ingredients are nicely combined.
To make the dressing, add the mayonnaise, low carb sweetener, and apple cider vinegar to a medium-sized bowl. Stir the dressing until it is nice and smooth. Once mixed, pour the dressing into the broccoli salad bowl.
Stir up the dressing with the broccoli salad, ensuring that everything is coated and fully combined. Top with salt and pepper to taste, then either let it sit in the fridge or enjoy it straight away!
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- 5 cups raw or VERY lightly steamed broccoli (just under 2 pounds)
- ½ cup water chestnuts, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup almond slivers
- 8-10 slices crisp bacon, chopped
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix broccoli, water chestnuts, onion, almond slivers and bacon together in a large bowl. Combine well.
In a medium bowl, add mayonnaise, low carb sweetener and Apple Cider Vinegar. Stir until it is nice and smooth.
Putting it all together
Add dressing to salad and combine well.
Top with salt and pepper to taste.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 228mgCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
Nutrition is calculated using a third party plug-in. It is best to always validate!