Not much longer before strawberry season is here -- and we're already getting started with this low-carb and keto strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing! Of course, sweet, ripe strawberries take center stage in this salad, but the creamy, sweet yet tangy poppy seed dressing is absolutely delicious! We usually make a larger amount of the poppy seed dressing, so we can enjoy this simple and easy salad throughout the week.
Outside of the dressing, the salad is simply made with chopped romaine lettuce, sliced red onions and quartered strawberries. My mom has been making this strawberry salad with poppy seed dressing for quite some time now. Since we love her recipe, we just made a few minor changes to the dressing so it is low-carb and keto friendly (by replacing the milk with heavy cream and replacing the sugar with Swerve Sweetener). Nuts, like sliced almonds, are another yummy consideration for the salad. We didn't include them in this recipe just to keep the carbs low. But, don't let that stop you as they're pretty darn tasty in the salad.
This quick and easy weeknight salad can be made in about 15 minutes. It goes great with grill dishes, is fun for summer gatherings, and deliciously satisfying when you're craving something a little sweet. Each serving of this salad is just 3 net carbs.
How to Make
To start, you'll first prepare the poppy seed dressing, which is just 5 ingredients. In a small bowl, you'll add ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 ½ tablespoons heavy cream, 2 ½ tablespoons white vinegar, ½ tablespoon poppy seeds, and 1 tablespoon Swerve Sweetener (granular). Whisk together until well combined, and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
Next, slice the red onion into thin slices until you reach ¼ cup. If you prefer to remove the bite from the red onion, soak the sliced red onions in a small bowl of cold water for roughly 10 minutes.
Then, you'll thoroughly rinse the romaine lettuce and chop until you reach 13 ounces (375 grams). Dry the leaves and place in a large serving bowl. Next, rinse, hull and quarter 8 medium strawberries (for a total of 32 strawberry pieces).
After, arrange the strawberries and sliced onions on top of the romaine lettuce and drizzle the poppy seed dressing over the top. Then, it's time to enjoy!
Frequently Ask Questions
Are strawberries okay to eat on a keto diet?
Yes, you can eat strawberries (and in general most berries) while on keto as long as you monitor you how many you eat. A helpful rule of thumb is that one strawberry has about 1 net carb. This makes them a wonderful low-carb recipe ingredient since they offer a fresh fruity flavor — but just be careful not to add too many!
Are poppy seeds low-carb or keto friendly? Yes, you can enjoy poppy seeds while on a low carb diet. Each tablespoon is a little less than 1 net carb. They're also a good source of fiber!
Can I use another sugar-free sweetener other than Swerve?
Yes, you can use another sugar-free sweetener if you prefer. Just be sure to adjust the measurements for the sugar-free sweetener as necessary (check the conversion rate!).
Can I store the dressing in the fridge? Yes, you can store in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to a week. Simply shake or stir before using.
Other Low-Carb and Keto Salad Recipes
Here are some other low-carb and keto salad recipes you may enjoy.
- Simple Roasted Asparagus Salad: This simple roasted asparagus salad, made with with roasted asparagus, grape tomatoes, red onions, vinaigrette and freshly grated parmesan, is such an easy low-carb and keto side dish and perfect for celebrating spring! Like us, we’re sure you’ll have no problem devouring every bit of it!
- Thai Cucumber Salad: Thai cucumber salad, known as ajad, is a quick-pickled cucumber relish that is deliciously spicy, tangy, sweet, and refreshingly crunchy. Our low-carb and keto Thai cucumber salad is similar to an authentic ajad — but with a few minor adjustments to make it low in carbs.
- Grilled Zucchini and Bell Pepper Salad with Feta and Toasted Almonds: This grilled zucchini and bell pepper salad is the ultimate grilled vegetable recipe. It’s because the zucchini and red pepper are beautifully charred, then marinated in a light vinaigrette, and tossed with crumbled feta and toasted slivered almonds.
- ½ cup mayonnaise — we use Sir Kensington's Classic Mayonnaise
- 2 ½ tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 ½ tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon Swerve Sweetener, granular
- ½ tablespoon poppy seeds
- ¼ cup red onion, thinly sliced
- 13 ounces (375 grams) romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
- 8 medium strawberries, rinsed, hulled and quartered
- Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 ½ tablespoons heavy cream, 2 ½ tablespoons white vinegar, ½ tablespoon poppy seeds, and 1 tablespoon Swerve Sweetener (granular). Mix until well combined. Chill in the fridge until ready to use.
- Prepare the salad: Thinly slice ¼ cup red onion. If you prefer to remove the bite from the red onion, soak sliced red onions in a small bowl of cold water for roughly 10 minutes. Rinse and chop romaine lettuce and place in a large serving bowl. Rinse, hull and quarter 8 medium strawberries (for a total of 32 strawberry pieces).
- Finish and serve: Arrange the strawberries and sliced onions on top of the romaine lettuce and drizzle the poppy seed dressing over the top. Serve immediately.
You can store in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to a week. Shake or stir before using.
Amount Per Serving Calories 270.2Total Fat 24.5gSaturated Fat 4.3gCholesterol 33.1mgSodium 218.6mgCarbohydrates 10.1gNet Carbohydrates 3.4gFiber 3.7gSugar 2.4gSugar Alcohols 3.0gProtein 1.9g