February 19, 2020
If your weekly keto meal planning tends to focus on entrees, we have some great ideas for keto side dishes. We’ve found that the best keto side dishes perfectly compliment larger meals, but also steal a little bit of the spotlight. This post rounds up some of our favorite ways to enjoy ketogenic meals with veggie-based sides—including some standout options for your next Thanksgiving dinner, too.
Before we get to the recipes, let’s go over a few must-have ingredients from Thrive Market Goods that’ll always pull their weight in your pantry.
Avocado oil is known for its buttery flavor and for delivering nutrients like vitamin E and potassium. A real workhorse, this oil can be used for just about every meal, including some baked goods.
“I wanted something healthier to cook with that had a high smoke point, and this is a winner!”
Ketogenic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more, this vinegar can do it all—while working for most diets. Our 32-ounce bottle is made with the fermented cider of organic apples and is raw, unfiltered, and brimming with good-for-you bacteria.
“This is a nice big bottle of ACV! I try to have a teaspoon in water every morning when I first wake up, and this is the most cost effective way to do it.”
Drizzle healthy fats onto roasted veggies and grilled meats, or whisk up your own homemade salad dressing. Our organic extra virgin olive oil is grown, harvested, and bottled in Greece and adds a slightly grassy note to every bite.
“This olive oil is delicious and smooth. We cook everything with it and use it as a salad dressing.”
For that sweet-yet-salty umami flavor you crave (with a keto-friendly spin), reach for this bottle of organic coconut aminos sauce. Made from the organic sap of the coconut tree, this condiment has less sodium than traditional soy sauce.
“In our kitchen, this is always on hand for any dish that calls for a little extra punch. I use it regularly in our egg dishes, soups, and in salad dressings, as well as skillets with meat. Love this stuff!”
The gang’s all here—these easy keto side dish recipes will easily enhance meal time, snacktime, or game day hangouts.
If you have a soft spot for warm artichoke dip, but don’t want to cheat while following a keto diet, then we’ve got you covered. This crowd-pleasing, green vegetable side dish is made with artichoke hearts, frozen spinach, keto-friendly mayo, Parmesan cheese, and spices. Even though this recipe is made for sharing, we won’t fault you for keeping it all to yourself.
Transform shredded chicken into a bubbly dip that’s perfect for your next keto meal. The shining star is a quick (and make-ahead) blender sauce with ranch dressing, spicy buffalo sauce, coconut milk, and garlic powder.
Keto-friendly pizza might seem like a meal in itself, but you can also turn flatbread into a side dish and serve it with other dishes like a leafy green salad, crudites (serve them with the artichoke dip above), or other nibbles.
If an everything bagel used to be your morning jam, make a plate of zesty keto cheese balls. A combination of cream cheese, sour cream, and shredded mozzarella form the filling, and lots of on-hand spices such as sesame seeds and onion powder make up the coating.
Bread is definitely not off limits on a keto diet—so long as you use compliant ingredients like almond flour and coconut oil. Serve this loaf with your next Sunday supper, or turn it into avocado toast for a quick lunch. It’s truly one of the great keto side dishes worth mastering.
When it comes to summer vegetable side dishes, grilled salad is our go-to, especially with a recipe featuring smoky flavor from the grill. That’s right—the next time you’re barbecuing for dinner, stick your romaine wedges on the grates for instant char.
Sticking to the salad theme, these deconstructed toasts are the perfect addition to a summertime keto party. Each piece features a wedge of lettuce, a piece of crispy bacon (nix it if you’re vegetarian), and a juicy cherry tomato.
For a weekend breakfast or brunch, serve sous vide egg bites alongside the rest of your meal. Each piece is gently cooked in the Instant Pot and the whole recipe takes just over 30 minutes to prepare.
Having a keto-friendly pesto recipe in your back pocket can help jazz up any meal. Toss this sauce with shirataki noodles or use it to brighten up your favorite roasted vegetable side dish.
Whether you’re hosting the main event or tasked with bringing a side to share this year, we have two tasty ideas for any keto-friendly feast.
Vegan, paleo, and ketogenic, this tasty vegetable side dish can be enjoyed by everyone. The green beans are combined with a creamy, cashew-based sauce, seasoned with sage and nutmeg, and baked with a crispy shallot topping.
A keto cauliflower side dish is always a crowd-pleasing option. No one will miss the potatoes when you pass around a bowl full of silky mashed cauliflower. It’s made with plenty of garlic, vegetable broth, and coconut milk for added creaminess. And don’t forget the chives to sprinkle on top! (This mash also works as a keto side dish for steak during the other months of the year.)
For more, check out our ultimate guide to the keto diet!
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