This Low Carb Sweet Keto Cucumber Salad recipe is a refreshing keto side dish with any main dish! Just 2 grams of net carbs or 4 total grams of carbs per serving which is perfect for a ketogenic diet or low-carb diet!
Keto Cucumber Dill Salad
Who doesn't love a fresh and easy salad in hot summer months? This simple sliced cucumber dill salad can be made in little time and ready when you are, to take and head to that summer BBQ!
In the warmer months of the year, I'm all about less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends. This is one of my "go-to" recipes for all the pool parties! Everyone loves it, and the ones who hate red onion can simply pick it out.
You could also add some tasty black or green olives to this crunchy, crispy salad of fresh cucumber slices with a delicious dressing of simple ingredients.
For a Mediterranean Cucumber Salad, add some kalamata olives and feta cheese and green onions. This is a very versatile recipe!
You could eliminate the onion if you're not a fan, but red onion does not have such a strong bite as raw regular yellow onion and adds some pretty color and more crunch to this salad.
Fresh herbs like fresh dill chopped on top is optional or try adding fresh basil if you're not a fan of dill. You could also just toss this with the vinegar alone and call it a day and eliminate the stevia if you would rather not have a sweetness to the salad.
This is more of a keto German cucumber salad which does not include olive oil, but feel free to add some as it's a great addiction to this salad.
Many cucumbers are bitter and have a high water content which can make salads a bit soggy.
Using the English cucumber will keep the salad crispier as well as removing the seeds which has most of the bitterness and water in them. I left the skin on the English cucumbers because it's not waxy like regular cucumbers so unpeeled cucumber is the way I like this salad the best.
I would recommend peeling the skin since if you are using a regular large cucumber, but that's just my personal preference.
Are Cucumbers Keto?
Yes cucumbers are keto friendly!
Cucumbers have a good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium.
In 100 grams a raw, cucumber with peel has just 3.6 grams of total carbs and 1.1 grams of fiber, which brings you to 2.4 grams of net carbohydrates making them ideal as a keto-friendly snack.
They are a great addition if your on a weight loss journey and want a crunchy healthy snack!
Can I Make this Cucumber Salad Ahead of Time?
Enjoy this for any cook out or outdoor get together. It is nice even room temperature as opposed to chilled in the refrigerator. It can easily be made a day ahead and covered, ready for your party when you are. I take this to all my summer parties because it won't go bad being outside, nor get anyone sick if it's not refrigerated.
Can I leave out the Stevia in the dressing?
If you don't have lemon liquid stevia, you can use clear stevia or leave it out if you prefer no sweetness to this salad.
I recommend replacing the lemon stevia with 1 -2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice or even lime juice.
You can of course, use any sweetener you prefer, but granulated sugar free sweeteners might not be the best choice here as you certainly don't want a grittiness on your cucumbers.
How Can I make this a Creamy Cucumber Salad?
If you want a creamy cucumber salad, just add ½ cup of sour cream or mayonnaise into the dressing. Both are delicious healthy fats.
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Why so much Salt?
The reason for the heavy amount of salt added to the cucumbers, is to pull the bitterness out of the cucumbers.
Of course you can taste them and if they are fine and not at all bitter to you, skip the draining step and toss everything together.
For the approximate nutritional breakdown below I've only calculated 1 teaspoon of salt here since most of it gets washed off and rinsed anyway.
Keto Cucumber Dill Salad
Keto Cucumber Dill Salad with Sugar Free Dressing
- Slice the cucumbers lengthwise and remove the seeds with a spoon or melon ball scooper. Slice thin. Should be about 4 cups of cucumbers.
- Place onion and cucumbers in a bowl and toss with salt.
- Place into a colander and allow to drain for 20 minutes.
- Press out liquid, rinse well with cold water.
- In a serving bowl whisk white wine vinegar and stevia together.
- Add cucumbers and onion and toss to combine well.
- Top with fresh dill and lemon.
- Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.