Look no further for 11 fresh, easy, keto salad ideas. These simple salads pack a punch with protein and flavor! They’re perfect for any low-carb lifestyle, Trim Healthy Mama, and Weight Watchers, and many comply with Whole 30 and Paleo lifestyles.
Summer and salads. They just go together, don’t they?
Any meal I can put together that requires almost zero cooking is exactly what I’m looking for in a summer meal. Heck. Who am I kidding? I love that any time of the year!
I love to experiment with different flavor combinations and can’t wait to share some of my favorites with you. These keto salad ideas are all entree salads, perfect for lunch or dinner. They’re packed with protein and lots of veggies for a healthy meal.
I’ve got a special trick that I use year round that makes putting my salads together even faster! You’re gonna want to check that out over here.
If you follow the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle like AnnMarie and I do, all of these salads are S meals. I’ll note for each one whether it’s an S, Deep S, or Light S. You can learn more about Trim Healthy Mama and my experience with it here.
I’m not including exact quantities for the ingredients in these low carb salads. Everyone has unique needs for their macros and nutrients, so add the amounts that work for your nutritional requirements. You can customize any of these healthy keto salad ideas to suit your personal tastes.
Summer Keto Salad Ideas
Adding delicious low carb salads to your day is easy when you keep your kitchen stocked with a few key ingredients. Most importantly, keep a variety of leafy greens on hand! A few other items I keep in my pantry at all times:
- High quality extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- MCT oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Either goat cheese, feta cheese, or blue cheese
- Pepitas, walnuts or pecans, Whisps
You can substitute the greens used in most of these salads for whatever leafy green you have on hand or prefer. However, please note that some kinds of greens really do make the salad! Hello, arugala, I’m looking at you…
Chicken Tex-Mex Salad | THM S
This is a twist on a traditional taco salad. To make it as shown in the photo you’ll need:
- bed of Romaine lettuce
- top with shredded rotisserie chicken and sprinkle generously with taco seasoning
- sprinkle with shredded Mexican cheese blend
- top with chopped green bell pepper, chopped red bell pepper, salsa, diced avocado, and a dollop of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
I don’t use any dressing for this salad. The salsa and Greek yogurt are enough for me. If you like a thinner dressing, try combining the salsa and Greek yogurt and thinning it with a little water or unsweetened almond milk.
Grilled Chicken Kale Salad | THM Deep S
This might be one of my favorite salads! Thin ribbons of kale are massaged with a garlicky olive oil dressing. Top with grilled chicken and a Tablespoon of finely shredded Parmesan cheese. It’s a great Deep S salad if you follow THM.
You can get the dressing recipe here as well as another variation that makes it a regular S meal for THM.
Summer Market Salad | THM S
There’s nothing like this combination of flavors! Peppery baby arugula, sweet blueberries, buttery pecans, salty goat cheese, and grilled chicken. The ingredients provide so much flavor that I opt to just dress this salad with a generous drizzle of MCT oil. You can add some salt and fresh cracked black pepper for even more flavor.
Chicken Philly Salad | THM S
Okay, maybe not exactly a chicken Philly, but that’s still the best way I could describe this one! Start out with a bed of mixed baby greens, then add shredded chicken, a sprinkle of Worcestershire sauce, thin slices of provolone cheese, and sliced red bell pepper. Sometimes I’ll add grilled onions to this combination if I have some on hand. And sometimes I used grilled peppers instead of raw. A drizzle of low carb ranch dressing finishes it off.
Grilled Veggie Chicken Salad | THM S
Any time you grill veggies or chicken, be sure to grill more than you need! Those pre-grilled ingredients set you up for making this incredible salad in a flash. The bed of greens is baby kale. On top you’ll find: grilled chicken, grilled broccoli, bacon, goat cheese crumbles, and walnuts. Dress this with a delicious low carb balsamic vinaigrette and your taste buds will be singing!
Buffalo Blue Burger Salad | THM S
We have a joke in our friend group when it comes to burgers. All the women skip the bun, and the guys like to say “I love it without the bun!” in their most obnoxiously loud voices. It always gets a laugh! But this Buffalo Blue Burger Salad is proof that a burger without the bun can be amazing.
The bed of this salad is Romaine lettuce. Then chop up a burger to go on top. Add some blue cheese crumbles, a dollop of blue cheese dressing, and a drizzle of Buffalo wing sauce. Yum! I love pickled okra any time I’m having a burger salad.
Grilled Chicken & Broccoli Slaw | THM Deep S
This keto salad is so easy to throw together! Start off with a package of broccoli slaw. Then top it with this dressing and a sprinkle of garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Toss the slaw with the vinaigrette and then top it with grilled chicken.
For those who follow Trim Healthy Mama, this is a Deep S meal.
Berry Goat Cheese Salad | THM S
I love buying this salad kit from our local Costco. The mix of greens is amazing and includes kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and chickory. I ditch the sugar-laden dried cranberries and dressing in favor of fresh and juicy blackberries. The other toppings here are roasted pepitas, crumbled goat cheese, and grilled chicken.
To dress this salad I use a generous drizzle of MCT oil and a teaspoon of lemon-infused white balsamic vinegar. You could also use this great sweet keto dressing.
Southwest Carnitas Salad | THM S
One of my family’s favorite recipes is this Low Carb Instant Pot Carnitas. The kids and hubs make tacos with the meat and I make a fantastic salad. This is a simple salad that starts with a bed of Romaine lettuce. Add the carnitas, some shredded cheese, sliced mini bell peppers, and some plain nonfat Greek yogurt.
For dressing, whisk together 1 Tablespoon of MCT oil, 2 teaspoons of lime juice, 1/2 teaspoon Pyure. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you have fresh cilantro on hand, whisk in a teaspoon of that too.
Greek Chicken Salad
Not every salad needs to have lettuce! This simple salad is just a cucumber cut into chunks with some tomato, feta cheese, and shredded chicken. It’s dressed with some extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar with a generous sprinkle of Greek seasoning.
If you like onions, thinly sliced red onion is a delicious addition. Did you know you can take a little bit of the bite out of an onion by soaking the slices in ice water for 5-10 minutes before adding them to the salad? If you didn’t, now you do! It really does work.
Chicken Caprese Salad
No line-up of summer salads would be complete without a Caprese-style salad! This one includes some bell peppers and cucumbers for extra crunch. Start with a bed of Romaine and fresh basil leaves. Next, add the peppers and cucumbers. Then top it all with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella cheese and slices of tomato.
For a dressing, a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a small drizzle of high quality balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste.