Looking for easy keto side dishes to go with dinner tonight? These sides pair perfectly with chicken, salmon, steak, or whatever you’re making for your main course. And best of all, they’re so tasty no one will know they’re secretly low carb!
Keep this collection of keto side dishes handy so you’ll always have a delicious recipe ready to make. From cauliflower and broccoli to Brussels sprouts and asparagus, there’s a vegetable side dish that can easily be adapted to help you stay keto compliant. From veggie-based noodles to crunchy salads you’ll find low carb sides that are easy to prepare and that will earn you rave reviews from family and friends.
Easy keto side dish recipes
You’ll love the range of flavors and textures in these recipes – they’re outrageously tasty! With minimal prep, these recipes will practically make themselves allowing you to enjoy healthy keto-friendly meals with mouth-watering side dishes.
Elevate the flavor of mashed cauliflower with garlic and truffle oil. The garlic gives it a zesty flavor and the truffle oil will lend an earthy richness to it. These ingredients will liven up any bag of frozen cauliflower florets making it an easy choice for a keto side dish.
Mashed Cauliflower With White Truffle Oil
Up-level your cauliflower game by adding celery root and roasted garlic to this delicious mashed keto side item. Peeled and cubed celery root pairs perfectly with cauliflower. Roasted garlic is a bit more mellow than raw garlic, giving this dish its awesome flavor. It’s the perfect vehicle for a tasty low carb gravy!
Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Celery Root Mash
Making cauliflower “rice” will allow you to use it as a substitute for regular rice so that your recipes will be keto compliant. Plus, it’s freezer-friendly so you can have it available on the regular. Just use a food processor to pulse, in batches, a head or two of fresh cauliflower. You can also use a box grater to get a similar ricing texture. Freeze it, cook it and enjoy this versatile veggie side dish all while staying low carb!
How To Make Cauliflower Rice
You’ll be thrilled to know that you can make a keto, gluten-free, and paleo gravy that’s easy and tastes amazing! The trick is to use cauliflower as a substitute for flour. It’s true! Perfect for the holidays, just use pan drippings from your meat, or use ghee, plus a little chopped onion and cauliflower, chicken stock, and fresh herbs. Perfection!
Easy Paleo Gravy
Let your air fryer make crispy and caramelized Brussels sprouts without all the mess and fuss of oven-baked recipes. Plus, you’re guaranteed a non-soggy sprout, which is always a good thing! With just a splash of olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper, your freshly cut and trimmed Brussels sprouts are ready for your preheated air fryer. Fifteen minutes will do the trick in your fryer basket, making these a quick and delicious keto side dish. Plus, they’re the perfect canvas for which to add nuts, cheese, or other seasonings to take them over the top!
Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Brussels sprouts are amazing on their own but add a little bacon and dressing and these are suddenly splendid. Roast the sprouts with a little drizzle of garlic-infused olive oil and the diced bacon. When ready to serve, add a dash of coconut aminos, which is a wonderful substitute for soy sauce, and a little whole grain mustard. Leave out the honey to keep it keto-friendly.
Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted garlic is a delicious way to add the benefits of garlic to your cooking but with a more mellow taste profile. Roasting garlic is super easy. Just take a full head of garlic, slice off the top of the garlic head so that each clove is exposed. Place it on a double layer of tin foil, drizzle it, cut side up, with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Seal up the foil tightly and place on a preheated gas grill or in the oven and roast for approximately 30 minutes. Let it cool and then squeeze out each roasted clove.
Roasted Garlic On The Grill
You’ll adore this grass-fed butter or ghee hollandaise sauce which you can make quickly in your blender. While your asparagus is roasting in the oven, add egg yokes, lemon juice, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to your blender and begin blending the sauce. Slowly drizzle in the melted butter while blending. Serve over the roasted asparagus for a magnificent keto side dish.
Roasted Asparagus With Easy Hollandaise Sauce
Fresh asparagus wrapped in paper thin prosciutto gets a short session on the grill making it one of the easiest and quickest keto side dishes you’ll ever make. Plus, it’s outrageously delicious, with a tender yet crunchy asparagus spear encased in a salty wrapper. Bonus: these also make awesome appetizers!
Grilled Asparagus Wrapped With Prosciutto
Looking for a super easy and super quick side? You can’t go wrong with this simple air fryer roasted asparagus. It’s ready in just minutes and you can change up the seasonings, sauce, dressing, or garnish to go with whatever you’re making for your main dish. It’s perfect with salmon, steak or chicken!
Easy Air Fryer Asparagus
Make this healthier pasta recipe with spiralized zucchini noodles for a low carb dish. Let your zucchini noodles drain and release excess moisture while you make the pesto. Using fresh basil, walnuts, and roasted garlic, zoom it up quickly in your food processor. Top the zucchini noodles with the pesto and add a few cherry tomatoes for garnish and taste. Beautiful!
Zucchini Pasta Pesto
Zucchini noodles are a fantastic keto substitute for pasta-based noodles, plus they’re just fun to make! You can use a simple spiralizer tool for creating the curly ribbons or you can peel zucchini and manually slice it into thin strips. You can also try a mandolin that juliennes or use a julienne peeler. No matter how you create your “noodles,” use them raw or slightly sauteed as a bed for salads and other meals.
How To Make Zucchini Pasta
The best way to harvest the spaghetti-like strands for this awesome squash is to cook it first. Let your Instant Pot help with that, since it only takes about 15 minutes for a whole, uncut squash to become tender. When the cooking is complete, cut it, scrape out the spaghetti strands as eat as is with a little salt, or use as “pasta” for your favorite keto sauce or toppings. You can also freeze the cooked strands for later use. Win-win!
Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash
Not just for potlucks, this updated and healthy broccoli salad is full of flavor. Crunchy bacon, walnuts, red onion, homemade mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar take fresh broccoli florets to a delicious level. Be sure and omit the raisins to keep this side salad strictly keto!
Broccoli Salad With Bacon
Cut fresh broccoli into florets and toss with garlic-infused olive oil before adding to a roasting pan. Roast for approximately 20 minutes or until the broccoli is tender. Serve with lemon wedges for a keto-compliant side dish that works with so many meals. This one’s a keeper!
Garlic Roasted Broccoli
Shredded green and red cabbage along with shredded carrots form the base of this easy side dish. Shred the veggies yourself or use a store-bought package. You’ll want to use the homemade dressing to keep it keto-friendly. Use avocado oil mayo, apple cider vinegar, sea salt and a low carb sweetener (optional) for the dressing. It’s a super simple recipe that’s always a hit at summer cookouts and potlucks.
Easy Coleslaw Recipe
Kale chips are the perfect keto snack when you need that satisfying crunch coupled with a hint of sea salt. Kale chips are ridiculously easy to make. Just coat clean and dry kale leaves with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake. Want more flavor? Try adding other seasonings such as garlic powder or cajun spices. So good!
How To Make Kale Chips
When fresh strawberry season rolls around, be sure and make this gorgeous green and red keto salad that takes just minutes to put together. Arugula makes the perfect spicy and peppery bed for the sweetness of the berries. For a little crunch, sprinkle this side salad with sliced almonds. Drizzle with a homemade avocado oil dressing that’s brightened up with Meyer lemon juice. Perfection!
Arugula Strawberry Salad
Fresh homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and herbs join to make this a mouth-watering keto side salad that’s practically a tradition for potlucks and summer entertaining. You can make this as a single serving or double and triple it for large gatherings. Sliced cucumber and onion along with wedges of tomatoes and chopped basil are dressed with a dash of red wine vinegar and olive oil. Salt and pepper are all you need to finish this fresh salad before you dig in!
Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad
This keto salad is the perfect side dish for summer. With just a twist on the classic Caprese salad which uses Mozzarella cheese, try it with sliced avocado instead to keep it dairy-free. Use fresh heirloom tomatoes to build the base of this deliciousness and then layer it with sliced avocado topped with fresh basil. Drizzle with olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. For a spicy finish splash on a drop or two of Balsamic vinegar.
Avocado Caprese Salad
Perfect as a side dish or appetizer, this grilled salad will become your new favorite! Take those large Romaine salad leaves and give them a short session on the grill just to char the edges. Remove them and build your salad, topping the leaves with cooked bacon crumbles, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and an easy homemade ranch dressing. What could be more tasty?
Grilled Romaine With Bacon And Ranch
With so many easy keto side dishes to choose from, you’ll never run out of options for quick low carb dinners!