When you’re following a low carb or Keto Diet, it’s not the main dish that’s hard to come up with, it’s usually figuring out what healthy low carb side dishes you can eat becomes more of the struggle.
Having a variety of go-to low carb and keto side dish recipes is a perfect way to make holiday simple, or to help you come up with sides for family dinners or a summer BBQ.
Keto Side Dish Recipes
Our list of low carb and keto side dishes includes recipes you can use year-round, including keto side dishes for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, a special occasion dinner or your next summer party.
Whether you’re looking for keto side dishes without cauliflower, keto side dishes for a BBQ, keto side dishes for chicken, or keto side dishes that are not vegetable, you’ll find the perfect low carb side dishes from our list of ideas.
The low carb side dish recipes include many recipes from our own site and also keto sides from other low carb recipe sites also.
Low Carb Side Dishes
Doesn’t it seem like most keto and low carb side dishes call for cauliflower?? If you’re looking for a new mix of low carb side dishes that go beyond your regular repertoire, you might be surprised that most of these easy keto side dishes are without cauliflower. There’s such a wide variety of low carb vegetables beyond a life of cauliflower rice.
The post is split into keto diet sides such as:
- Low carb salads
- Low carb hot side dishes
- Keto vegetable casseroles
- Low carb potato substitutes
- Low carb keto bread
Keto Sides: Salads
Keto Broccoli Salad
This yummy and easy keto broccoli salad is one of the most popular on our site! It’s a family favorite at all of our holiday get-t0gethers and highly rated by readers too. Many of our readers have reported that it makes a fabulous keto side dish for a BBQ or potluck.
This is an easy keto side dish recipe to make substitutions too, for Thanksgiving we used half broccoli and half cauliflower. You can also change the type of nuts, mix in dried low carb fruit, change the type of cheese or use ham instead of bacon.
We shared this first since it’s one of our favorite go-to keto sides.
Low Carb Caesar Salad
Is there any low carb side dish recipe more beloved than a Ceasar salad? It’s definitely a staple on our table all year long. Caesar salad works with just about any meal, but it especially makes a great keto side dish for pork chops or with chicken.
Recipe and image by Joy Filled Eats
Spinach Salad with a Hot Bacon Dressing
Wilted spinach salad is another classic turned low carb side dish recipe that our family often ate at family gatherings.
Feel free to mix in your favorite cheese or even avocado, both would be yummy additions. The spinach wilts once you drizzle the hot bacon dressing over the top. So good!
Keto Bacon Curry Coleslaw
You’ll love our savory keto coleslaw with bacon and curry, it takes a classic low carb coleslaw recipe and with just a couple additions, makes it perfect for holidays or served with a roast.
When you use pre-cooked bacon and a coleslaw mix, this low carb vegetable side dish comes together in less than 15 minutes.
MORE Low Carb Salads
- Low Carb Thai Chicken Salad by Savory Tooth
- Low Carb Antipasto Salad by Joy-Filled Eats
- Low Carb Cobb Salad by That’s Low Carb
- Keto Egg Salad by Downshiftology
- Low Carb Cucumber Salad by Unbound Wellness
Keto Sides: HOT VEGETABLE DISHES
Keto broccoli fritters makes for a family friendly unique low carb side dish that can also double as an appetizer. Feel free to make these a little smaller if you want to serve them before dinner.
A dollop of sour cream makes for a tasty addition.
Keto Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Most people don’t really think to eat mushrooms as healthy low carb sides for dinner. It seems that many add slice mushrooms to a dish like a roast, salad, or casserole.
What we love about this recipe from Ketogasm is that the mushrooms shine all on their own and make the perfect keto side dish for steak, with chicken, or as a keto side dish for Thanksgiving.
Recipe and image by Ketogasm
Cheesy Roasted Green Beans
Easy 20 minute roasted green beans covered in delicious melted cheese. What gets better than that? The keto green beans make a nice change from the sauce laden green bean casserole with soup mix.
Roasting vegetables truly make the best keto vegetable dishes, roasted vegetables are easy, healthy, fast, and delicious! Serving them with cheese on top makes for the best keto diet sides since the cheese adds extra fat you need for a ketogenic diet.
Roasted Radishes aka Keto “Potatoes”
If you haven’t yet tried roasted radishes, you’re in for quite the treat! They are seriously the closest thing you can make that’ low carb and resembles roasted potatoes. I love to call these keto potatoes.
Roasted radishes are mellow in flavor, slightly sweet, soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside.
Asparagus with Brown Butter Hollandaise
Find the recipe at Low Carb Maven
Oven Roasted Broccoli
Oven roasted broccoli is a staple in our home that gets cooked every single week. If only I could get my broccoli hating daughter to give these a try, I know she’d change her opinions!
Cooking roasted vegetables like broccoli at a high temperature carmelizes the vegetables and makes them irresistible.
Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Easy oven roasted Brussel sprouts make for a wonderful side dish, I promise you that even Brussel sprout haters will love this recipe once they eat Brussel sprouts that are cooked right!
The key to the soft insides, crispy outside and carmelized mild taste is cooking these gems at a high temperature.
Low Carb Sides: CASSEROLES
Brussel Sprouts with Cream Sauce & Bacon
Find the recipe on Whole Lotta Yum
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
Find the baked cauliflower mac and cheese recipe at Whole Lotta Yum
Creamy Broccoli Bacon Bake
Find the recipe on Kraft Recipes
Low Carb Green Bean Casserole
Find the recipe on Low Carb Maven
Cauliflower Au Gratin
Find the recipe at Whole Lotta Yum
LOW CARB BREAD
Low carb bread substitutes make wonderful options if you’re looking for keto side dishes that are not vegetables. Whether you want rolls or biscuits, you can still enjoy low carb bread on a keto diet.
Low Carb & Keto Dinner Rolls
Find the recipe on Low Carb Maven
Low Carb Biscuits
Find the recipe on Heart of a Country Home
Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins
Find the recipe on Kirbie’s Cravings
If you’re searching for healthy low carb holiday sides, your table might seem incomplete without something that resembles potatoes. Cauliflower makes a great substitute for the classic mashed potatoes. Not only do they make low carbohydrate side dishes but they make the creamiest low carb sides too.
Low Carb “Sweet Potato” Casserole
Find the recipe on Wholesome Yum
Wholesome Yum’s sweet potato casserole tastes just like the real deal but instead of sweet potatoes, she uses a mix of butternut squash and cauliflower. There are only 5 net carbs in each serving!
If you thought you couldn’t have a low carb side on your holiday table that resembles sweet potatoes, think again! 😉
Loaded Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
Find the recipe on Evolving Table
Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes w/ Keto Gravy
Find the recipe on Keto Connect
HEALTHY LOW CARB STUFFINGS
Keto Thanksgiving Stuffing
Find the recipe on Keto Diet App
No Carb Side Dishes?
If you’re looking for no-carb side dishes, you’ll want to read our post with 30 no-carb or almost no carb snacks for inspiration.
Our favorite picks to use as no carb sides include certain types of cheeses, olives, pickles, avocado, cheese crisps, pepperoni chips, celery, and others.
It’s tough to find no carb side dishes like a salad or hot dish, but adding simple no carb sides like avocado, olives, and cheese with a protein make for a simple keto meal.
MORE Keto Holiday Recipes
- 25 days of Keto Christmas Cookies
- Keto Christmas Treats and Candy
- Keto Christmas Desserts
- Keto Thanksgiving Recipes
- Keto Christmas Dinner Menu
- Keto Pumpkin Recipes
- Spiral Ham in Crockpot with no sugar glaze
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie
- Keto Creme Brulee