Want a few tips and tricks for putting together your perfect Keto berry nut salad? You’ve come to the right spot!
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Toasting the nuts
Raw nuts can be a tasty snack, sure. But when it comes to salads, toasted nuts with a hint of sweetness really make the whole dish POP!
Plus, it’s so easy.
- Set your pan right on the scale to weigh out 30 grams of nuts.
- (optional) Use your hands to break them into smaller pieces. More pieces = more bites that include nuts!
- Heat the pan over medium-low heat on the stove.
- Add a teaspoon or so of avocado oil, coconut oil, or butter plus a little salt.
- Once the fat starts to melt, stir so the nuts are well-coated.
- Let ’em toast!
You’ll want to stir them every few minutes or so to see how they’re doing. If they seem like they’re cooking too fast, feel free to turn the heat down to low.
The final level of toastiness is totally up to you. I’ve had nuts that are barely toasted and nuts that got a little overdone, and honestly, they always taste amazing.
Sweetening the nuts
Once the nuts are done cooking, remove them from heat, then add a little sweetener. I use Stevia extract and add around 10 drops or so.
Don’t skip the sweetener. You will be AMAZED at how it brings out the flavor of the fruit!
Okay, to review: throw nuts in a pan, add a little fat and salt, cook for a few minutes, add sweetener. How simple is that? I usually complete this step while I’m adding the lettuce to the salad bowls for efficiency.
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Slice up your berries
When it comes to fruit, berries are the best option to keep carbs and sugar low. But it can still be easy to over-indulge if you’re not paying attention.
Based on your nutrition goals, I recommend adding 50-75 grams of berries on your salad. If you’re using strawberries, that’s going to be about four total. Doesn’t seem like a lot, does it?
…until you slice them up. Look at what a difference this makes!
And because berries have such a vibrant flavor, even a small slice will be packed with flavor!
To really maximize the berries in your salad, I recommend:
- Strawberries: Cut them into thin slices. If they’re large strawberries, you could halve the slices as well.
- Blueberries: When you’re buying blueberries at the store, try to find smaller ones. Smaller = more of them in your salad.
- Raspberries: Cut them in half before adding to your salad.
Think about what you’ll be serving with your salad
When I’m thinking about a meal that’s going to include one of these salads, I like to “spend” most of my carbs on the berries and nuts. I can honestly never get enough of this dish.
So I try to keep the carbs very minimal throughout the rest of the meal.
In fact, Jared and I most often serve berry nut salads alongside a big ole’ rib-eye for Steak Fridays! They would also be perfect alongside chicken, pork chops, bunless burgers… really any kind of meat-based main course.
And there you have it!
Our top tips for making your best Keto berry nut salad.
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