Crunchy, sweet, satisfying...the three words that best describe this keto cucumber salad. Whipping this up takes ten minutes or less.
It's a treat to crunch on right away and becomes even better over the following days.
The vinegar marinade will preserve the cucumbers and this will last weeks in your fridge... if you don't eat them all first.
The best part... this keto recipe uses only 5 ingredients and has a net carb count of only 1g per serving. One recipe yields 8 total servings.
On a sweltering hot summer day, you just want something cool and refreshing to crunch on. This keto cucumber salad delivers the perfect crunch and balance of sweet and tart flavors.
It will quickly become a favorite keto recipe and is an excellent way to use up that fresh summer-time produce.
Do you garden? or prefer visiting the local farmers market for your favorite produce? or have friends that load you up with fresh summer vegetables?
I'm missing gardening these days and can't wait until we're able to move to the country and grow all the fresh, organic produce I can dream of.
For now, we have friends that load us with produce and we visit our local farmers market regularly.
My girls love cucumbers, but I find them a little boring on their own. Which is why I decided to modify an old family recipe into a keto version. My great-grandma used to dress cucumbers up this way and I just couldn't get enough.
Eating a bowl of this keto cucumber salad really takes me back and has me missing her. I was so fortunate to be able to grow up next-door to that amazingly hard-working woman.
Ingredients for Keto Cucumber Salad
You need just a few simple ingredients to mix up this keto cucumber salad.
You can make the salad with two large cucumbers or if you already know you love it, double the batch and make more.
- Cucumber (2 large)
- Red onion (small) OPTIONAL
- Mandoline for perfect thin slices every time
- Vinegar (white or red wine vinegar)
- Bocha Sweet (the best sugar substitute on the planet)
- Fresh Dill (or dried dill if fresh is unavailable)
Keto Sugar Substitutes
What about using _______ instead of Bocha Sweet?
Well, if you want that perfect tasting sugar substitute, reach for the Bocha Sweet. It's the best tasting and healthiest option out there. But, it is a little pricey.
So, I'm often asked what some other options are.
I am passionate about avoiding splenda (sucralose), aspartame and saccharin. There are many reasons these options aren't great for you and many sides to the argument. I used to drink a lot of these through diet soda and sugar-free lemonade mixes. As a test, I gave them up for a full year and then had a drink with splenda in it. The next day I was sick sick sick with the worse headache... After some time, I repeated the experiment with the other two. I felt terrible for a few days and had a dull headache. Could it be that these had contributed to my past terrible migraines? Probably.
I suspect that these artificial sugars have negative health consequences for the vast majority of us. If we want to help our body stay healthy, I recommend avoiding splenda, aspartame and saccharin.
So... what do I recommend as a sugar substitute?
- Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Bocha Sweet
- Erythritol/Xylitol if you can tolerate it (it sometimes results in GI distress)
Read more about sugar substitutes on my blog post here.
Tutorial Video: Keto Cucumber Salad
Now that you have the ingredients in hand, watch as I mix up this keto cucumber salad. You'll see just how easy it is.
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Keto Cucumber Salad
- 2 large cucumbers thin sliced
- ½ cup red onion thin sliced (optional)
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon BochaSweet
- 1 Tablespoon dill, fresh minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon MCT oil
- Cut up the vegetables in very thin slices. You can do this by hand or use a mandoline to get perfectly thin slices without great knife skills.
- Next, combine the vinegar, dill, BochaSweet and salt and stir together until combined. Taste the dressing to make sure it's sweet enough. Feel free to add another tablespoon of BochaSweet if needed.
- Finally, toss the cucumbers and onions into the dressing.
- Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Make sure you stir the cucumbers every day or so if you aren't going to eat these right away or made a large batch in advance. I like to store these in a mason jar.
How To Get Perfectly Sliced Cucumbers
I've show slicing by hand, but that can be awkward and time-consuming...and if you don't have the patience (Me...most of the time) then you may end up with unevenly sliced cucumbers.
To get perfectly sliced cucumbers, every single time...we like to use our mandoline. We use this handy kitchen gadget for everything from veggies to cheeses.
Our mandoline really makes life easier and gives consistent results. You can even peel the cucumber with it.
Of course, you can also slice your cucumbers by hand. I'm using a Cutco Chef knife.
Other Keto Salad Recipes
Here's a few other keto salad recipes we hope you'll enjoy.
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