9 Keto Side Dishes
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Sometimes you’re looking for the perfect side dish to complement a meal. Those mashed potatoes and that pasta salad aren’t keto-friendly so they’re off the table. Instead, there are some great-tasting side dishes for you to indulge in. Low-carb, high in healthy fats … these side dishes are going to make your Sunday dinner stand out and turn your boring weeknight meals into fantastic.
Not only are side dishes a tasty accompaniment to meat, chicken, and fish, they can stand out on their own as a meal in one. Add cheese and bacon to any recipe, and you have a super keto dish that can help keep you feeling full and satisfied all day long.
We have some amazingly creative side dishes to share with you, everything from a crunchy broccoli salad to a classic Hollandaise sauce over asparagus. Once you make one or two of these, you’ll want to make them all.
#1 Deviled Eggs
When you’re looking for a scrumptious side dish that uses eggs, this recipe is popping with flavor. High in protein and good fats, you won’t be able to stop at just one. Gone are the days when deviled eggs were dull and boring. The mustard and curry powders are what step these eggs up a notch or three. The recipe makes 24 delicious eggs. But you can easily adapt if you only want to devil a dozen. These creamy, keto-approved eggs work great as a side dish or appetizer … or even for breakfast.
#2 Mushrooms Zoodles with Pesto
If you’re craving pasta smothered in pesto, where do you go? To this keto low-carb pasta made with zucchini zoodles. Zoodles are the keto answer to satisfying meals with an Italian spin. This dish has the perfect texture – you’ll never miss that carb-filled pasta with this recipe. Add the zesty pesto and mushrooms and it’s insanely tasty. And the pesto is super easy to make. Double the pesto and have some ready for another zoodle pasta dish later in the week.
#3 Creamy Garlic Chicken Soup
Soups that are thick, creamy, and loaded with protein are great as a side dish or stand as a full meal on their own. It’s the cream cheese that makes this soup so smooth and rich. And then there’s the garlic seasoning that infuses the dish with garlicky flavors. Bake extra chicken breasts on the weekend so you have shredded chicken ready to go for this quick to make meal. Left overs make a handy take-to-work lunch. Your co-workers will be begging you for the recipe.
#4 Fried Cauliflower with Bacon and Mushrooms
Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that tastes good in any recipe – and tastes fantastic in this one, all fried up with mushrooms and bacon. The smokiness of the bacon and the savory addition of the mushrooms make this the perfect side dish for week night meal, or as a Sunday dish when you want to impress your dinner guests. Parsley sprinkled on top of the finished dish not only adds a splash of color, it brings the earthiness of fresh herbs to the party.
#5 Keto Avocado Pepperoni Salad
It really doesn’t get any better than this completely unique recipe. It’s perfect for when you’re in a rush and craving something keto-inspired to eat. Just toss it all together and it’s ideal as an accompaniment to other dishes, or on its own it’s a great lunch option. Avocado is a super food – high in fat and other nutrients. Mix it up with spicy pepperoni and cheese, and you’ve got a fine keto side dish. The lime juice is optional but adds an extra little kick to the salad.
#6 Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce
Hollandaise Sauce. Who can live without Hollandaise Sauce? Of course, you don’t have to when you’re on a keto food plan. You can indulge in this creamy sauce, spooned over tender stalks of asparagus any time you want. Hollandaise is all about the butter, butter, and more butter. Add the richness of egg yolks to make the sauce even more velvety. You can make the Hollandaise ahead of time. Then just blanche the asparagus until it’s still crisp. Pour the luscious sauce over. And this amazing side dish is ready to serve.
#7 My Favorite Broccoli Salad Recipe
Bacon in your broccoli salad? A taste of heaven that’s good for you. This salad is a scrumptious side dish to take along to a barbeque, or packed into your picnic lunch. But don’t limit this recipe just to the summer months. Broccoli is available all year round and gives you your greens and nutrients. Low carb, the crispy bacon adds a deeper flavor to the broccoli and the almonds give it a nice crunch. Use a substitute sugar option to stay keto.
#8 Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese and Bacon
When you buy that perfect head of cauliflower, this recipe using bacon and cheese is a yummy way to put a fantastic side dish on the table. On its own it can also be a light dinner when you’re looking for a less-substantial meal. Low-carb and satisfying with melted cheddar and Parmesan cheese. The aroma of this dish will lure everyone to the dinner table – now cauliflower becomes the most appetizing vegetable you’ve ever tasted. Sub out the Parmesan for Asiago cheese if you want a sharper taste to the dish.
#9 Garlic and Bacon Beans
Green beans are a classic holiday side dish. But those beans can get a little boring when you’ve been making them the same way for years. Liven them up with this super easy recipe and everyone will be asking for a second helping. Bacon and garlic bring a new twist to the beans. Cook the garlic in butter and oil to really bring out the full aroma of the garlic. And make sure you use all of the garlic called for in the recipe to get the full garlic explosion in this dish.
It’s All About the Side Dish
Side dishes aren’t always just about vegetables. Covered in cheese and sprinkled with bacon, the often-overlooked side dish is ready to shine. Any time you’re making side dishes it’s a great idea to make extra. When you need a quick and easy idea for lunch, side dishes are an easy option to take for lunch the next day. Full of flavor and taste, many dishes taste even better the day after.