Cucumber Salad is my “go-to” summer recipe; one that I bring to cookouts, parties and barbecue’s. It’s something that’s not the usual coleslaw, potato salad, or macaroni salad. Cucumber salad is simple and enjoyed by everyone because it’s refreshing and not a heavy side (so you can NOM on more food!).
With all that being said, I also love cucumber salad because it’s an easy keto-friendly choice! You get some added fat in your daily macros, and it’s low-calorie. You can probably get away with eating more than one serving if you were ravenous.
A serving of this salad (~3/4 cup) is a whopping 2.5g of Net Carbs (you’re eating low carb fruits and veggies, here).
I fell in love with cucumber salad when I was little. My parents made it all the time, whether it was summer or winter. Although, you can really taste the difference when the tomatoes are in-season! They have a firmer texture, and sweeter taste. Totally delicious (and I’m not a tomato person). I’ve had other people add vinegar or even change the type of onion to make their own flavor– this is just my personal favorite, and goes over well when I’m entertaining. You can save your batch to enjoy it for a few days after making it, but no more than 3-4 (gets a little funky).
You’re probably wondering from the ingredient listing– what Keto-Friendly Mayonnaise can I use? Well, I have a question for you… how strict do you follow the ketogenic diet plan? Are you the type that allows some wiggle-room and you’re okay with Hellman’s Mayo? Do you have your own recipe that you’re cool with? If you’re still not sure, or you want to play it safe and have an easily purchasable keto-friendly mayonnaise, I suggest ordering Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayonnaise. It’s keto/paleo/whole30 friendly and has great flavor! The only setback is that it’s pricey. They also make a chipotle lime flavor, which is AMAZING… you’ll be dipping your pork rinds into mayonnaise soon enough. What makes this line of mayonnaise keto-friendly is that it’s made with avocado oil, and not canola or soybean oil. Regular big-name brands tend to heavily saturate their mayo with canola and soybean oil, which are considered inflammatory foods. I even looked at Hellman’s Avocado Oil Mayo, and they use a mixture of avocado oil WITH SOYBEAN AND CANOLA OILS– what’s the point?! Seems tricky to me. I highly suggest spending the extra time or money on a healthy mayonnaise if you’re fighting an autoimmune disease or trying to strictly limit the amount of inflammatory foods in your diet. While I haven’t made my own Keto-Mayo (yet), here is a really great recipe I’ve found.