This easy Keto Broccoli Salad recipe will become your go-to summer side dish. It is creamy and refreshing with the bold flavors of cheddar and bacon and one of my all-time favorite keto recipes. A simple low carb salad that is full of vibrant and crisp flavors. Ranch broccoli salad with bacon is unique and delicious.
Summer is in the air, and this low carb keto bacon ranch broccoli salad is always in rotation in our home. I use it as sides to pair with dinner, dishes to bring to potluck cookouts, and any other entertaining we might have. Crisp broccoli, creamy sauce, crumbled bacon, and of course shredded cheddar for a tangy cheese factor. This easy side dish recipe is also low carb, gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and Trim Healthy Mama friendly.
This easy broccoli bacon salad has been one of summer favorite low carb recipes the last few years. I buy the big bags of cleaned, washed broccoli from Costco, so all I have to do is cut them a little smaller and mix the ingredients. I love it as a side dish when we have chicken salad, grilled chicken, or smoked ribs.
Broccoli florets - Fresh work best, you can include the stems too if you chop them small.
Mayo - Any mayo without added sugar.
Sour cream or plain Greek yogurt - We use both interchangeably.
Dill - Dried dill weed is fine but if you have fresh dill weed go ahead and use that!
Onion powder - Or dried minced onion.
Garlic powder - Or dried minced garlic,
Parsley - Again, dried is fine but fresh can work too.
Salt - I like pink Himalaya salt or coarse kosher salt.
Crumbled bacon - The real bacon crumbles sold in a package work just as well as fresh bacon in this.
Shredded cheddar - Or another cheese of your choice.
How to Make Keto Broccoli Salad
This cold broccoli salad is soon to become a staple in my home. With spring here and summer on the horizon, it is the perfect vegetable dish to make to use up your fresh produce from your garden or farmer's market! Nothing tastes better than fresh produce picked out of your garden.
If you are on the hunt for a quick and easy salad, give this low carb broccoli salad a go. Bursting with fresh flavors in a creamy sauce, it will win over your family or a crowd in no time. I have been making this same recipe for years, and it never gets old.
Step One: Start by mixing your mayo, sour cream, and seasonings in a large bowl. If you stop right there you end up with a delicious ranch dressing!
Step Two: Chop the broccoli into small bite-sized pieces. We generally just use the florets in this recipe.
Step Three: Fold in your broccoli.
Step Four: Then right before you are ready to serve fold in your crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese.
Expert Tip: If you don't wait to add in the bacon and cheese right before serving you will find the bacon becomes mushy and the cheese kind of melts into the sauce. If you serve the next day, add in extra cheese and even fresh crumbled bacon.
Sometimes to change it up a bit instead of the seasonings listed I use Goya Adobo seasoning to taste. If you try that it cuts the ingredient count down to only 6. I try to keep the ingredients under 10 in most of my recipes. The Goya seasoning is salty so start with a little and add slowly. I’ve over-salted dishes a few times with that one blend.
You can customize this however you like. Just be aware that the net carbs listed in the recipe card will change.
Sunflower Seeds - a classic option and great for crunch! Pumpkin seeds or chopped walnuts are great as well.
Roasted Salted Sliced Almonds - these also add a nice contrast to the other textures especially if you want to make this without bacon.
Chopped Red Onion - if you love onion feel free to add some fresh chopped raw onion.
Mustard - Feel free to add some dijon mustard, yellow mustard, or spicy mustard to the dressing mixture.
Dairy-Free - Just leave out the sour cream or yogurt and omit the cheese. Add as much dairy-free mayonnaise as necessary to make it creamy enough.
Apple Cider Vinegar - I prefer mayonnaise-based salads without vinegar but if you enjoy it go ahead and add a splash.
Cheese - I know some people like a little spice and might enjoy a pepper jack or jalapeno cheese, or maybe you want more bite, then reach for sharp cheddar cheese. Add in whatever cheese you and your family enjoy the most.
Sweet Broccoli Salad - if you are looking for a sweeter broccoli salad leave out the dill, onion, garlic, and cheddar along with some seeds or nuts and my sugar-free dried cranberries. Add a little sweetener to taste with the mayo mixture to make a sweet dressing.
Vegetables - You can use this dressing as a dip with your favorite low-carb vegetables or make this salad with cauliflower instead of broccoli.
Is Broccoli Salad Keto?
Regular broccoli salad dressing often has added sugar. Because I created a lighter broccoli salad, it offers a healthier version than one that has sugar and other higher-calorie ingredients. Broccoli is full of fiber, folate, and is excellent for anti-inflammatory benefits. It is great for any low carb diet or anyone that just loves a great salad!
Do I Need Ranch Dressing?
Nope! The combination of dill, garlic, onion, and parsley is where the ranch flavor comes from. You don't need bottled dressing or a ranch seasoning packet.
Do You Have to Cook the Broccoli
No, I always use raw broccoli, but if you prefer cooked then blanch your broccoli in the microwave, stovetop, or in your instant pot. Generally, you will see broccoli salad recipes that use fresh broccoli. The dressings can break down the florets softening it up a bit.
If you want to cook your florets bring a pot of water to a boil, and drop your florets in for a minute. Transfer into an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Let your broccoli fully cool then complete making your salad.
Can You Use Frozen Broccoli in Broccoli Salad
If you don't mind a softer broccoli texture, you can allow your broccoli to thaw and use it for making broccoli salad. This will give you a similar texture to blanching your broccoli beforehand. It won't have as much crunch, but will still taste great.
Anytime I make casseroles I find myself snacking on the cooked broccoli in the mayo/sour cream/spice blend. Delicious!
How to Store Keto Broccoli Salad
If you have leftovers store your broccoli salad with bacon in the fridge in an airtight container. This salad will last up to three days in the refrigerator. Just note, that it is best when served fresh. The bacon softens as it sits in the refrigerator. You can always add in more bacon to give it that fresh taste for day two or three.
Can I Double This Recipe
This easy gluten free recipe doubles beautifully. If we are going to a big barbecue, I’ll double or triple this to make the entire 2.5 lb bag in a large mixing bowl. This easy raw broccoli salad is always one of the first salads to disappear.
- Mix mayo, sour cream, and the seasonings. Fold in broccoli.
- If serving right away fold in the bacon and cheddar. If preparing ahead add these right before serving.
Looking for more low carb side dishes?
- Cucumber Avocado Salad | Crisp, fresh and full of earthy flavors. This salad takes minutes to make and offers a tangy and creamy texture.
- Southwest Cauliflower Potato Salad | Go south of the border on flavor factor with this Southwest Cauliflower salad. An excellent lighter version of potato salad with extra flavors.
- Hashbrown Casserole | Looking for a comfort food dish. Low carb hashbrown casserole gives you that refreshing flavor without all the empty carbs.
Originally Published Revised and Republished on February 15, 2023.