Keto Broccoli Salad

Can keto lovers love broccoli? Oh, we definitely know so. It’s a nutritional powerhouse, with 1 cup of broccoli containing as much vitamin C as an orange, not to mention broccoli is packed with fiber, potassium, even some protein. But just as important, it tastes great – as long as it’s cooked the right way. And we think this recipe is one of those right ways. 

Tips: Don’t boil too long.

We love slow-cooked broccoli. But not all the time. This recipe’s success lies mainly in cooking the broccoli until just crisp-tender. Textural contrast here is crucial.

Shock it!

Plunge the broccoli in an ice water bath as soon as it has been boiled for 1 minute. This technique, called “shocking” (for good reason!) immediately stops the broccoli from residual cooking once it leaves the hot water.  

Salad spinner = water begone!

Delish trick: Use a salad spinner to expel excess water from the broccoli. Transfer the shocked broccoli to a salad spinner, and spin away.  You should spin and drain at least twice. You won’t believe how much water you’ll see, water that would otherwise ruin the salad.







Kosher salt

3 heads broccoli, cut into bite-size pieces

1/2 c. Cheddar, shredded

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

1/4 c. toasted sliced almonds

3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

2 tbsp. freshly chopped chives 


2/3 c. mayonnaise

3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp. dijon mustard

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper 


  1. In a medium pot or saucepan, bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, prepare a large bowl with ice water.
  2. Add broccoli florets to the boiling water and cook until tender, 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and  immediately place in the prepared bowl of ice water. When cool, spin the broccoli in a salad spinner. You will need to spin it at least twice.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and pour over dressing. Toss until ingredients are combined and fully coated in dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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