Low-Carb and Keto Salads for Summer Dinners
I’m welcoming summer with this amazing collection of Low-Carb and Keto Salads for Summer Dinners, and salad is perfect for dinner when the weather heats up!
The first day of summer means it’s salad season, and you only have to peek into the Salads Index to see that I’m a huge fan of salads. So the hard thing about recommending Low-Carb and Keto Salads for Summer Dinners was narrowing it down, and I still ended up with 20 different salads to help you enjoy salad dinners all summer long!
I focused on salads that I’d eat for the entire meal, although some also make a great side dish. I love Tomato Salads in summer, but tomatoes aren’t super low in carbs so I didn’t include salads with tomatoes unless you could make the salad with fewer tomatoes if you prefer. I also love chicken salads so there are quite a few salads that use chicken, but you’ll also find salads here with shrimp, tuna, eggs, salami, bacon, ground turkey, Italian Sausage, and plenty of salads with different types of cheese!
And I’m still furiously adding nutritional information to recipes on the blog and that adds the option to rate the recipe, so if you try (or have tried) any of these favorite salads please leave a rating or a comment and let me know how you like them! Just click the recipe title under the photo to see the complete recipe for that salad. And I hope there’s a summer salad here you might like to try soon for dinner!
Last summer I served Chicken Pesto Salad with Olives and Peas quite a few times when I had friends over, and this was always a huge hit! And there isn’t a huge amount of peas, so this salad is still really low in carbs.
Anyone who likes Southwestern flavors will love this Low-Carb Southwest Chicken Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing.
Even if you think you “don’t like egg salad,” I urge you to try this Low-Carb and High Protein Avocado Egg Salad. This is seriously so delicious!
Zucchini is such a perfect low-carb food, and I make this Marinated Zucchini Salad with Olives, Artichokes, and Red Pepper every summer!
I want to emphasize the word “marinated” in the name of this Low-Carb Marinated Cauliflower Antipasto Salad, because marinating the slightly-cooked cauliflower adds so much flavor!
This Lettuce-Free Keto Cobb Salad is absolutely a winner. There aren’t a lot of tomatoes in a serving, but you can use less tomatoes or skip them if you want even less carbs.
Anyone who loves avocado and tuna packed in olive oil like I do is going to SWOON over this Tuna Stuffed Avocado with Cilantro and Lime! And if you’re not a cilantro fan just leave that out and this will still be delicious!
When we made this Greek Peperoncini Chicken Salad, we couldn’t stop talking about how good it was, and if you like spicy Peperoncini you’ll love this salad!
Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad has amazing flavor from seasoned ground turkey, Mint, Cilantro, Sriracha Sauce, and Peanuts, and this delicious low-carb salad has those interesting Thai flavors that so many people love.
Chicken and Avocado Salad with Lime and Cilantro is another long time favorite that I’ve made many, many times.
I love all the Greek flavors in this Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Feta, Capers, and Red Pepper and I’ve made this several times since I updated the photos recently! Seriously, this is so, so good!
This Easy Shrimp and Avocado Salad is a low-carb and Paleo salad that’s loaded with flavor!
If you like curry flavors and asparagus you’re probably going to love this Curried Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Pine Nuts and did I mention PINE NUTS! You can also make the salad with slivered almonds if that’s what you have on hand!
This Loaded Cauliflower Mock Potato Salad has been a huge hit on the blog, and when I took this to a family party even the people who weren’t low-carb eaters were surprised to discover they loved the salad.
You won’t miss the pasta in this Zucchini Noodle Mock Pasta Salad and this salad has loads of flavor from spicy Italian Sausage, roasted red pepper, and olives!
This Green Bean Salad with Sausage and Olives is a think-outside-the-box salad idea for people like me who love spicy Italian Sausage, and this salad also has extra flavor from Basil Vinaigrette dressing! And beans have quite a bit of fiber, so this is pretty low in net carbs.
Another tasty salad with hearts of Palm is this Lemony Shrimp Salad with Avocado, Heart of Palm, and Feta, and what a great combination this is!
Baby Arugula Salad with Chicken, Mozzarella, and Tomatoes doesn’t have a lot of carbs, but you can certainly use less tomatoes for even lower carbs if you prefer, and this is a great dinner for arugula fans!
For this Grilled Zucchini Greek Salad pieces of grilled zucchini replace the cucumbers that are traditional for Greek Salad, and this is a complete wow and if you’re looking for ways to use zucchini you’ll make this over and over!
And of course my love of basil is pretty well documented on the blog, and I make this Chicken Salad with Basil and Parmesan as soon as I see those basil plants showing up in the spring! And this one is especially low in carbs!
Do you enjoy low-carb salads for a warm-weather dinner? Let us know in the comments about which of these looks best to you!