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Keto-Friendly Summer Salads

Salad may seem like a keto no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how quickly the carb count can rise depending on what ingredients you add (raisins or apples, anyone)? These two salads are full of flavor while keeping the carb counts low enough for keto diets.

Israeli Salad

1 cup chopped unpeeled cucumber

1 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice with zest

1/2 tsp minced jalapeño pepper (optional)

1. Combine the cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, cilantro and parsley in a medium bowl.
2. Pour the lemon juice and zest over top, and add jalapeño and pepper (if using). Toss to combine and serve immediately. It will keep in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, but fresh is best, as it loses its crispness rapidly.

    Yields 4 servings

    Source: The Vegiterranean Diet by Julieanna Hever (Da Capo)

    Wakame Cucumber Salad

    23 4” strands dried wakame

    2 cucumbers

    3 green onions

    2 tbsp rice (or red wine) vinegar

    2 tbsp olive oil

    2 tbsp sesame oil

    1 tbsp fresh, juiced ginger

    pinch sea salt

    toasted sesame seeds, to taste

    1. Boil 2 cups of water and remove from heat. Soak wakame for 15 minutes (or prepare to package directions). Drain, rinse to cool and chop into small pieces.
    2. Slice cucumbers down the middle, scoop out seeds and slice thinly. Chop green onions finely. Mix together in a medium bowl.
    3. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, oils, ginger and sea salt. Stir into salad and garnish with sesame seeds.

    Yields 3 servings

    Source: Kacie Loparto

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