8 Salads You Can Still Eat on the Keto Diet

No matter what diet you follow, veggies should always be part of the equation. While plans like keto encourage you to limit carbs — and by extension, starchy plants like potatoes and corn — you can still savor a veggie-packed salad if you make smart choices.

Starchy veggies often provide too many carbs for keto success. Try one of these low-carb salad recipes if you're following a keto diet. (Image: Jennifer A Smith/Moment/GettyImages)

We've gathered eight salad recipes to keep you satisfied, healthy and in line with your keto goals — all with 20 grams of carbs (or less) per serving!

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1. Turkey and Ham Chef's Salad

This chef’s salad pairs two of the most keto-friendly veggies: asparagus and romaine lettuce. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

This chef's salad pairs two of the most keto-friendly veggies: asparagus and romaine lettuce, with only 2.1 and 1.2 grams of net carbs per serving, respectively. Add the fact that it's chock-full of healthy fats from eggs and walnut oil and packed with protein from lean ham and turkey, and you have the world's most perfect keto salad.

Get the Turkey and Ham Chef's Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

2. Mark’s Big-Ass Keto Salad

Fitness author Mark Sisson’s go-to keto salad keeps carbs to a minimum thanks to low-carb cruciferous vegetables like broccolini. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Fitness author Mark Sisson's go-to keto salad keeps carbs to a minimum thanks to low-carb cruciferous vegetables like broccolini.

Best part? This salad delivers a double dose of buttery avocado. Not only do you get to eat a whole avocado fruit, you also get the heart-healthy, keto-approved fats from the mouth-watering avocado oil dressing.

Get Mark's Big-Ass Keto Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

3. Chicken With Mushrooms, Kale and Yuzu Salad

Keto-friendly kale supplies the base for this Asian-inspired salad. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Kale supplies the base for this Asian-inspired salad. Rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, the leafy green is a great source of essential nutrients when you're on keto. Sesame seeds — rich in iron and calcium — add a nutty flavor. High-protein ingredients like choline-packed eggs and lean chicken breast round out this savory salad, which is sure to keep your belly full for hours.

Get the Chicken with Mushrooms, Kale and Yuzu Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

4. Nopales Salad

Add a little spice to your keto diet with this pepper-packed, Mexican-inspired salad. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Add a little spice to your keto diet with this pepper-packed, Mexican-inspired salad. Native to Mexico, the low-carb nopal cactus contains less than 1 gram of net carbs per cup, making it an ideal veggie for keto dieters. Plus, prickly pear cactus packs a powerful punch of vitamins A and C.

Get the Nopales Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

5. Sizzling Steakhouse Salad

Sizzling steak paired with low-carb mesclun make for a hearty lunch or dinner. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Meat lovers, this salad is for you. Sizzling steak paired with low-carb mesclun and pop-in-your-mouth cherry tomatoes make for a hearty lunch or dinner. Heart-healthy fats from a drizzle of olive oil and gorgonzola cheese complete this low-carb salad.

Get the Sizzling Steakhouse Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

6. Tuna and Feta Cheese Salad

Crunchy low-carb celery stalks and romaine lettuce pack the plate in this simple yet satisfying keto-friendly salad. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Crunchy low-carb celery stalks and romaine lettuce pack the plate in this simple yet satisfying mix. With a whopping 39 grams of protein from feta cheese and omega-3-rich tuna, this is the perfect post-workout meal to help build lean, healthy muscles.

Get the Tuna and Feta Cheese Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

7. Grilled Italian Eggplant Caprese Salad

This twist on the traditional Caprese salad involves grilled eggplant. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

This eggplant twist on the traditional Caprese salad has just a little more than 20 calories and 2 grams of net carbs per cup. Eggplant is a keto superstar, surprising, considering its hearty, meaty texture. Extra virgin olive and mozzarella cheese ground this salad with healthy fats and add its signature Italian flavor.

Get the Grilled Italian Eggplant Caprese Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

8. Simple Spinach and Carrot Salad

Need a quick, keto-friendly side salad? This low-carb spinach salad makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal. (Image: LIVESTRONG.com)

Need a quick, keto-approved side salad? This low-carb spinach salad makes the perfect accompaniment to any meal. A nutritional powerhouse, spinach is overflowing with vitamins and minerals. Plus, it also delivers nearly a gram of plant-based protein per cup, according to the USDA.

Get the Simple Spinach and Carrot Salad recipe and nutrition info here.

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