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Low Carb Strawberry Salsa

Low Carb Strawberry SalsaLow Carb Strawberry SalsaLow Carb Strawberry Salsa.  I personally think salsa or a good Pico de Gallo of any kind, in small amounts can enhance any number of dishes.  They almost always have cilantro and jalapeno peppers and what could really go wrong?  Nothing, and it’s true of this low carb strawberry salsa too.  This is as easy to make as it looks and can be in the fridge or on the table in about 5 minutes…10 tops if you’re interrupted though I do like to refrigerate mine a bit. The most time will be spent hulling and cutting the strawberries.  If you opt to refrigerate it, the juices will come out just a little which is something I like so this is definitely a personal decision.

As I am a Type II diabetic, all recipes on this website are low carb and diabetic friendly.

Strawberry Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 C Chopped Strawberries (Or A Little Over A Pint)
  2. ¼ C Diced Red Onion
  3. ¼ C Minced Cilantro
  4. 2 T Green Onion Tops
  5. 1 Minced Jalapeno Pepper
  6. 2 T Lime Juice
  7. 1 T Olive Oil
  8. Pinch Salt
Instructions
  1. Dice, mince, and cut all ingredients and mix thoroughly with olive oil.
  2. Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours (or not) and dig in.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 44 Calories, .9g Protein, 2.5g Fat, 5.5g Carbs, 1.9g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you think you need it sweeter add 1 drop EZSweetz.
  2. I use jarred jalapenos and stick scissors into it to cut them. This way I keep the juice off my hands.
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Low Carb Italian Coleslaw

Low Carb Italian ColeslawLow Carb Italian ColeslawLow Carb Italian Coleslaw. Most of my friends are pretty old now cause uh…I’m old.  An old friend of mine ask me to please witness her medical advanced directives and so, along with another old woman we know,  we took an afternoon to get this taken care of.  We ducked into some “food joint” that Libby knew of because she had not eaten lunch and wanted a tuna sandwich.  They had some coleslawy looking stuff in the case, I ask what it was, and the girl said it really didn’t have a name but they just called it Italian Coleslaw.  I asked if they made it, did it have sugar in it, and what else was in it and she told me yes they made it, no to sugar and that it had ham and salami-hence the name Italian Coleslaw. Well, it didn’t even taste like coleslaw let alone Italian.  Hard to explain but it was…tasteless…so…I set out to make my own because I liked the idea of it.  Since I live in a big city with many local butcher shops I knew I could get good ham and salami and I do know how to use spices so here ya go…and not only does it taste great, it is really easy to make.  grain-free, and sugar-free.

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Italian Coleslaw
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Small Cabbage Head Or About 1½-1¾ Lbs
  2. 8 Oz Good Quality Ham Shaved (If You Can Get It)
  3. 8 Oz Good Quality Salami Shaved (If You Can Get It)
  4. 1 C Mayonnaise+More As Needed
  5. 2½-3 t Finely Ground Italian Herbs+(More To Taste)
  6. ¼ t Salt+(More To Taste)
  7. ¼ t Pepper =+(More To Taste)
Instructions
  1. Shred cabbage as finely as possible and a mandoline is perfect for the job.
  2. Dice ham and salami into smaller than bite size pieces.
  3. Mix salt, pepper, and Italian herbs into mayo.
  4. Mix ham & salami into cabbage and dress with mayo, mixing well.
  5. 12 Servings
  6. 215 Calories, 10.5g Protein, 18.4g Fat, 3.6g Carbs, 1.8g Fiber, 1.8g Net Carbs
  7. 10 Servings
  8. 258 Calories, 12.6g Protein, 22.1g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 2.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. As this sits in the fridge the mayo will soak into it so you might need more than you think.
  2. This will very much taste Italian.
  3. If you opt to use any precut meats that are not shaved, then cut your pieces into smaller that bite-size.
  4. Notice the fat surrounding the ham and in the salami. It all went into the coleslaw which gives it a great mouthfeel.
  5. If wanted please, make adjustments to meats, herbs etc. and make it your own.
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Low Carb Parmesan Artichoke Heart Shrimp Salad

Low Carb Parmesan Artichoke Heart Shrimp SaladLow Carb Parmesan Artichoke Heart Shrimp Salad.  I have actually begun making and eating a few more salads than I used to.  I have been and continue to be an avid carnivore but a small accompanying salad has now made its way to my table and…this salad has shrimp so…hey.  A salad, in this country, is traditionally eaten before a meal whereas in Europe it comes at the end of a meal.  Me? I tend to eat my salad with my meal. There is nothing particularly special about this salad except it is really tasty.  It has a little dairy, a little seafood, a few veggies and a few greens and how much more balance could you want?  Now I would normally make my own Caesar Salad Dressing but for this salad and for simplicity I am going to recommend Briannas Asiago Caesar Salad Dressing.  Though I certainly don’t like the canola oil or a couple  of the other ingredients, the taste is really pretty spot on and eating it every once in a while is not going to hurt anyone.

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Parmesan Artichoke Heart Shrimp Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Quartered Packed In Water Artichoke Hearts
  2. 16 Cooked & Peeled Medium Shrimp (16-20 Per Lb And Using Frozen Is Fine)
  3. 12-16 Oz Mixed Salad Greens (And Anything Works)
  4. ½-¾ C Briannas Asiago Caesar Dressing (+ More If Necessary)
  5. ¼ C Parmesan Cheese
  6. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix salad greens. 3 T Parmesan cheese & dressing in large bowl. Gently blend in artichoke hearts and plate.
  2. Grind on pepper, decorate with 4 shrimp each salad and sprinkle remaining cheese on top of shrimp.
  3. 4 Servings
  4. 259 Calories, 15.8g Protein, 18.3g Fat, 7.3g Carbs, 3.0g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Disgustingly, all I had was a choice of either head lettuce or bok choy so for this salad I chose both with bok choy for a little color and of course romaine would be the lettuce of choice here.
  2. I forgot the pepper for the pic, I put it on later and you really do need it.
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Low Carb Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut Sauce

Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut SauceThai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut SauceThai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut SauceLow Carb Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut Sauce. This is a refreshing salad to throw together any time of year. We have a wonderful Thai restaurant down and around the corner from us who sells a Thai salad and it is the inspiration for this one.  The lovely thing about this restaurant is that because they know I am diabetic they let me bring in my own sugar-free peanut sauce. I put a lot of different ingredients in mine but again, it’s a salad and you can put just about everything but the kitchen sink in one and it will be good.  They use iceberg lettuce which is what I get when I go there, but I sub Bok Choy here and it is so good.  Remember, the darker the leaves in a lettuce, the better nutritionally it is so Bok Choy is a much better choice anyway and in this case it’s not particularly the ingredients in the salad (yes it is) as it is about the spicy sweet peanut sauce as it’s to die for good. Hope you can see how pretty this salad is because I couldn’t get a shot of everything together with the Peanut Sauce stuff so…this one’s in two pieces.  If you end up wanting to make just the Sweet Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce, it’s here.

When I make this, I always double the recipe for the sauce because as we know it goes so well with a chicken, beef, pork or shrimp satay, let alone on vegetables, and the list is almost endless.

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Thai Salad With Spicy Sweet Peanut Sauce
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Salad
  1. 4 C Smaller Chopped Bok Choy
  2. ½ Large Tomato Cut Into Small Chunks Or Wedges (Cherry Tomatoes Also Work Well)
  3. 1 C Mung Bean Sprouts
  4. ½ C Sliced Cucumber Quartered To Smaller Pieces
  5. ½ C Rough Chopped Cilantro
  6. ½ C Green Onions Tops Only
  7. ½ C Red Bell Pepper
  8. ½ C Snow Peas Cut On The Bias
  9. ¼ C Red Onion Slivered
  10. ¼ C Peanuts Rough Chopped
  11. 4 Large Mushrooms Cut Into Smaller Chunks
Peanut Sauce
  1. ¼ C Peanut Butter
  2. 1½ T Hot Water
  3. 1½ T Tamari
  4. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. ¾ t Ginger Powdered
  6. ¾ t Red Pepper Flakes
  7. ½ t Hot Sauce (Your Choice)
  8. ¼ t Crushed Garlic
  9. 6 Drops Splenda Liquid
  10. Additional Water Only If Needed
Instructions
  1. Chop and cut all salad ingredients.
  2. Bring peanut butter to room temperature, add hot water & mix thoroughly. Add rest of ingredients and again mix well.
  3. Can be refrigerated until ready for service and after that-almost indefinitely-but I guarantee it will not last long.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 169 Calories, 8.9g Protein, 34.9g Fat 11.1g Carbs, 4.6g Fiber, 6.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Bring peanut sauce to room temperature before dressing cold vegetables salad.
  2. I always make a double batch of the peanut sauce as it last forever in the fridge and I eat it a lot.
  3. Beware, this can be one of those salads that grows out of control very quickly and not to fear as it is so low carb who’s to know + if you don’t eat all of it, it will last until the next day.
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Low Carb Bok Choy Cucumber Salad

Bok Choy Cucumber SaladBok Choy Cucumber SaladLow Carb Bok Choy Cucumber Salad.  This salad is quick, easy, pretty, different and piquant due to the dressing.  Be sure to pick baby bok choy or you won’t be able to eat the crunchy stems which of course would be a shame.  I bought white bok choy which I was told was better than the green stemmed Shanghai variety but at any rate make sure they are babies as you absolutely want to eat the stems.  The dressing could probably be used for many other vegetables like maybe cooked spinach, kale, or broccoli but it is just so good on a salad.

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Bok Choy Cucumber Salad
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Salad
  1. 6-8 C Chopped Bok Choy (About ½ Lb)
  2. 1½ C Cut Cucumber Sliced In Half
  3. 1 C Thinly Sliced Red Pepper Cut In Half
  4. 1 C Snow Peas Deveined and Cut On The Bias (Optional)
  5. ½ C Chopped Cilantro
Dressing
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. 2 T Oyster Sauce
  3. 2 T Tamari Sauce
  4. 2 T Sesame Seeds
  5. 1 t Rice Wine Vinegar (Sugar-Free)
  6. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  7. No Salt Or Pepper Should Be Needed
Instructions
  1. Cut off the bottoms of the bok choy to release the leaves. Swish in cold water, drain and dry leaves. They often have grit wedged in the bottom just like a leek.
  2. Chop to bite sized pieces. If you are going to use in a day or two the leaves can easily be put into a plastic bag and refrigerated until ready to assemble salad.
  3. Combine salad ingredient in large bowl.
  4. In small bowl, add dressing ingredients stirring briskly with a whisk. Add to salad ingredients, tossing well.
  5. 6 Servings
  6. 110 Calories, 4.2 Protein, 7.9g Fat, 7.7g Carbs, 3.2g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Yes, you can use any wrinkly lettuce you want and I might use kale instead. A smooth lettuce will not hold the dressing as well.
  2. Don't worry when any of your veggies turn brown and look like they might be pickled. It is caused by the darkness of the dressing.
  3. I put the snow peas in mine because I happened to have them, they are totally optional, but they do add a nice crunchiness and they are included in the nutritionals.
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Low Carb Simple Greek Salad

Simple Greek SaladSimple Greek SaladFor those of you who might love a Simple Greek Salad this one is as simple and easy as it gets.  The secret:  Shallots instead of purple onions.  It is said that the taste of shallots is a subtle combination of garlic and onion and people ask then why not just combine the two.  My answer is: because the combination of garlic and onion DO NOT taste like a shallot and not by a long shot.  Shallots have their own delicate taste.

I pretty much always have  the ingredients for this salad so for me it’s no sweat.  Notice the HUGE 1 gallon jug of Kalamata olives.  No I don’t go through it in a week or two but I do  probably buy 3-4 of them a year and the Puttanesca Sauce is another great recipe that uses them.  Now if you like a little more complex salad then you might like to try the Greek Salad With A Creamy Feta Dressing.  My personal preference is pretty much a peeled & seeded cucumber and this is up to you.  It has to do with the toughness of the skin which can some times accompany them and…I just don’t like it.

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Simple Greek Salad
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Dressing
  1. ½ C Olive Oil
  2. ¼ C Red Wine Vinegar
  3. 3 T Lemon Juice
  4. 2 t Crushed Garlic
  5. ½ t Dried Mint
  6. ½ t Dried Oregano
  7. ¼ t Dried Dill
  8. ¼ t Salt
  9. ¼ t Pepper
  10. 1 Drop Liquid Sucralose Or Not (To Offset The Acid In The Vinegar & Tomatoes)
Salad Guts
  1. 2 Thinly Sliced Shallots
  2. 2 C Quartered Cherry Tomatoes
  3. 1 C Halved Kalamata Olives
  4. 1 Chopped Peeled & Seeded Cucumber
  5. 2 Very Thinly Sliced Shallots
  6. 6 Oz Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Put all salad ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Put all dressing ingredients in a smaller bowl, whisking briskly.
  3. Drizzle dressing into salad blending well.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 301 Calories, 4.6g Protein, 128.8g Fat, 7.8g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 6.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Completed salad can be made and refrigerated for more than several days.
  2. Best served in a small bowl as you can then contain a bit of the dressing & juices with each bite.
  3. Adding a soft lettuce like bibb or butterhead will extend the number of people you can serve with this but my advice is to eat it as stated because the flavors are far more intense.
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Low Carb Lemon Tahini Mint Salad Dressing

Lemon Tahini Mint Salad DressingLemon Tahini Mint Salad DressingLow Carb Lemon Tahini Mint Salad Dressing. You may have noticed that I seem to go in cycles with some of the recipes I post and this recipe is now another in my tahini series.  I LOVE tahini and have been known to eat it by the spoonful.  It can be used on any salad and the pictures are just taken from stuff I already had in the fridge with artichoke hearts, daikon radish, orange pepper, cucumber and tomatoes.  The micro greens in the center are daikon radish sprouts and are also an ingredient in the dressing.  They are an additional bit of heat and piquancy.  The other funny looking little black seeds are just that:  black seeds (AKA nigella sativa seeds) and not to be confused with black sesame seeds.  Black seeds are unto themselves with a flavor all their own.  I really don’t know how to describe or compare them to anything else, only to tell you Just how wonderful a pinch can be.  They are available in any Middle Eastern market as well as on the internet.  I pretty much eat them every day and it is said they help with blood sugar.  Don’t know if it’s true but they have been used all over the world for over 3,000 years.  If you are interested, you can read more here: The Blessed Seed and here is what Wellness Mama has to say regarding the black seed oil.  If you want some really serious, in depth reading then check this out from the National Institutes of Health.  Again, I don’t know about all the claims made, but I do know I love them and if they are helping me; then so be it.  Anyway…they are not listed in the recipe as an ingredient, just thought you might like to know.

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Lemon Tahini Mint Salad Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Tahini
  2. ¼ Cup Chopped Daikon Radish Sprouts (or any Other Bitterish Lettuce Like Arrugla or Watercress)
  3. ⅓ C Water (More Or Less Depending On What You Will Be doing With It)
  4. 2 T Dried Mint
  5. 2 T Lemon Juice
  6. 2 T Olive Oil
  7. 1 T Apple Cider Vinegar
  8. ½ t Crushed Garlic (More To Taste)
  9. ¼ t Salt
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in either a blender or small food processor.
  2. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
  3. Toss with your favorite salad ingredients.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 78 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 7.5g Fat, 2.2g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 1.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This recipe can also be used as a crudité dip by leaving out some of the water to the thickness you want.
  2. May easily be doubled or tripled.
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Low Carb Warm Eggplant Feta Salad

Warm Eggplant Feta SaladWarm Eggplant Feta SaladYou can call this Warm Eggplant Feta Salad a salad, or you or you can call it a side vegetable, I don’t care, but I do care that you call it great…or very different…or…insert the adjective.  Look at the ingredients and see for yourself.  Middle Eastern ingredients that all compliment  each other and themselves.  Very easy to make and any leftovers…deliciously divine.  As you can see I used Japanese eggplant because they were so gnarly I couldn’t resist buying them.  Yeah, Yeah, and you can use any ole eggplant you want as it will all taste the same.

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Warm Eggplant Feta Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ Lb Eggplant (I Used Japanese & Globe Work Just As Well) Cut Into 1” Chunks
  2. 1 Large Bell Pepper (Red, Orange, Or Yellow) Cut Into ¾” Chunks
  3. ½ C Olive Oil (Divided)
  4. 3 T Lemon Juice
  5. 1 T Balsamic Vinegar
  6. 2 T Capers Lightly Chopped
  7. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  8. ¾ t Salt
  9. ½ t Pepper
  10. 1 Large Tomato Cut Into ¾” Chunks
  11. ½ C Chopped Green Onion Tops
  12. 3 Oz Feta Cheese
  13. 3 T Dried Mint (Spearmint)
  14. More Salt & Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Sauté eggplant in 3 T olive oil and put into large bowl.
  2. Sauté (or blister) peppers in 2 T olive oil and add to eggplant.
  3. Add tomato, green onion tops, and feta cheese to eggplant and sprinkle mint over all.
  4. In a smaller bowl whisk rest of oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt & pepper. Blend in capers.
  5. Pour vinaigrette over all, and blend well.
  6. Serve just warmed.
  7. 8 Servings
  8. 150 Calories, 1.1g Protein, 14.2g Fat, 7.0g Carbs, 2.2g Fiber, 4.8g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad

Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg SaladLow Carb Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad. You know, even I can get a little tired serving cauliflower yet one more way (and I already eat a lot of cauliflower as evidenced by the number of recipes on this site) which is why I decided to try making this Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad recipe. Looks like potato salad, tastes like potato salad but…no potatoes. Back in my Colorado days I had an older friend who, when she had me over for dinner, I would nicely ask her to make “her” potato salad.  I think there are a couple of reasons I loved this:  1.)  I loved Elva and 2.) I love dilled pickles. Now yes, in those days I did eat it as a real potato salad.  Do Daikon radishes taste like potatoes?  No they don’t, but the great news is, when cooked they really don’t taste like much of anything and take on beautifully any flavors you are adding to them, kinda like Warm Diakon Radish German Potato Salad if made properly.  So, if you like dilled pickles the way I do, then this is a terrific way to eat a very low carb “potato” salad and which would be perfect with Southern Deep Fried Chicken on a picnic or when you are having fun and grilling steaks.

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Daikon Radish Dill Pickle Egg Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb Or About 3 Cups Peeled & Chopped Daikon Radish Cut Into bite Size Pieces (2-3 Radishes Depending On Radish Size)
  2. 4 Chopped Hard-Boiled Eggs
  3. ½ C Finely Chopped Dill Pickles (No Garlic)
  4. ½ C Finely Chopped Celery
  5. ¼ C Finely Chopped Purple Onion
  6. ½ C Mayo
  7. 2 T Yellow Mustard
  8. ½ t Paprika
  9. ¼ t Dried Dill
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. ¼ t Pepper
  12. ¼ C Finely Sliced Green Onion Tops (For Garnish)
  13. More Freshly Ground Pepper To Taste
Instructions
  1. Boil radish pieces 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Cool in cold water & drain.
  2. Add radish, pickles, celery & purple onion to large mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl add next 6 ingredients, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Plate, top with green onions.
  5. Pepper to taste.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 189 Calories, 4.9g Protein, 16.6g Fat, 4.3g Carbs, .6g Fiber, 3.7g Net Carbs
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 141 Calories, 3.7g Protein, 12.4g Fat, 3.2g Carbs, .6g Fiber, 2.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Since daikon radishes are shaped like a really big carrot, I start cutting off the tapered end, then chop off another 2”-3” and cut into 2 pieces and so on until at the fat end I am cutting into 6 pieces.
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Low Carb Steak Salad

Steak SaladSteak SaladSometimes in the day-to-day humdrum of life it’s easy to forget some of the simpler ways to eat and a low carb steak salad might be one of them. It has everything in it with balanced, healthy meats, fats, and yes a few carbs sprinkled in because even lettuce has carbs.  The Denver steak below is the same one I use for Chicken Fried Steak.

I eat this as a complete meal and it’s terrific for the warm days of summer and when the grilling of steaks happens frequently.  Pretty easy to make your steaks a bit larger and have leftovers for a salad the next day.  Steak, when reheated takes on a rather crummy taste and the beauty of this salad is that the meat is never reheated.  I actually use Denver steak specifically for this and refrigerate it overnight, but that’s just me.  As this recipe is a complete meal I suggest using at least 6 oz. of beef and more if you can eat it.  The recipe is for one and may be multiplied as needed for more.

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Steak Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 6-7 Oz. Good Quality Steak ( Used Denver Steak)
  2. 3 C Chopped Romaine Lettuce
  3. ½ C Chunked Tomato (Cherry Tomatoes Work As Well)
  4. ½ Small Avocado Cut Into Chunks
  5. 1½ Oz Blue Cheese (Optional But Really Good)
  6. 3 T Olive Oil
  7. 1 T Lemon Juice
  8. 1 t Dijon Mustard
  9. 1 T Minced Shallots
  10. ½ t Garlic
  11. ¼ t Salt
  12. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Dry sauté in hot pan or grill steak to desired doneness Rare to medium-rare is best.
  2. Toss lettuce, avocado & tomatoes in ⅔ of the dressing and plate.
  3. Put steak down and then blue cheese if using.
  4. Drizzle rest of dressing over meat & cheese.
  5. 1 Serving
  6. 896 Calories, 44.2g Protein, 72.5g Fat, 15.8g Carbs, 6.6g Fiber, 9.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I use Denver steak because it has lots of fat laced in the meat (see picture) with no surrounding gristle.
  2. If you like a particular steak spice then by all means use it. Herbs? Of course.
  3. Denver steaks are not usually very large and you may need two of them to get to 6-7 oz. They are typically about ½" thick and cook very quickly so be sure to use a blazing hot pan if you are sautéing. The steak is self-basting.
  4. Avocado would be a really good addition and I would have used it but...didn't have one...and I ran to the store and now I do.
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Low Carb Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa

Lemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaLemon Thyme Cauliflower QuinoaAs any of you who frequent this site know, it is no secret that I use a lot of cauliflower and this Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa is another.  It actually can be used as a cooled side salad or a warm side dish.  It is extremely easy to make and quite piquant so, get ready for tasty.  Take a good look at the last picture.  See that little disk in the back on the right? That’s what I don’t use on a whole cauliflower and only because it’s the scab of the core. Yes, I even use the leaves.  After the florets are cut from the core I chop it pretty finely, process it first, then add the chopped florets. I do make them smaller than shown but I wanted you to see the cut-up core too so if you are not using the whole cauliflower you are putting money into the garbage.  I weighed it at 4 oz. and at $2.00 a lb…well you do the math.  I seriously don’t know how many cauliflowers I go through in a year but it’s a pot-load and I guarantee you, throwing money down the drain is, and never has been, part of my plan.  For one more really good cauliflower salad/vegetable please see Ginger Curry Sweetened Cauliflower Rice.

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Lemon Thyme Cauliflower Quinoa
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. 2-3 Good Sized Minced Shallots
  3. 1 T Olive Oil
  4. 2 T Butter
  5. ¼ C Minced Parsley (I Cheated And Used 2 T Of Dried Parsley)
  6. 1 t Dried Thyme
  7. Juice 1½ Lemons
  8. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil and butter to skillet and sweat shallots for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower, sprinkle with parsley and thyme, drizzle in lemon juice, mixing well. If serving warm only heat for 1-2 minutes as the cauliflower will cook very quickly.
  3. Remove from heat and if serving as a salad refrigerate for an hour.
  4. 4 Servings
  5. 110 Calories, 2.0g Protein, 9.3g Fat, 6.5g Carbs, 1.6g Fiber, 3.9 Net Carbs
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 73 Calories, 1.3g Protein, 6.2g Fat, 4.4g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 3.4 Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you are planning on serving this later, as it is easily made ahead, then take off heat immediately, refrigerate and reheat if using as a side dish.
  2. I most often eat this as a cold salad.
  3. 1 T dried mint is also terrific.
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Low Carb Jicama Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Low Carb Jicama Strawberry Cucumber Salad Low Carb Jicama Strawberry Cucumber SaladLow Carb Jicama Strawberry Cucumber Salad. I have been on a jicama kick lately and this jicama strawberry cucumber salad, with only a hint of sweetness, is about as light and tasty as it sounds.  I have eaten jicama for many years, know a lot of different ways to use it and it is a naturally low carb food. Here are a couple other salads with jicama as an ingredient Saucy Crunchy Peanut Salad and Bacon Almond & Avocado Salad  Might be a good idea to look at  Using Surface Area To Your Advantage as It applied here in reverse. You know how when you wash raw chopped or grated potatoes you need to rinse them well with cold water several times?  Same thing with any vegetable you are able to wash.  Fill a bowl with water, soak the grated or julienned jicama and out will come the starch (carbs). So when you are eating larger chunks of even a low carb vegetable like jicama, you end up with more carbs than you possible want or need to ingest.  I most often juilienne my jicamas now because I put them in lots of other things but make no mistake, if you are able to simply wash away carbs down the drain with cold water and without harming the vegetable in question, why not just do it?

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Jicama Strawberry Cucumber Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Julienned Or Grated Jicama
  2. 1 Medium Cucumber Peeled & Halved With Seeds Removed
  3. 16 Medium Strawberries (2 Each Person)
  4. ¼ C Chopped Cilantro
  5. ⅓ C Olive Oil
  6. 2 Limes Juiced
  7. 2 T Low Carb Sweetener Of Choice* (Just Like Sugar To Keep It Paleo)
  8. 1 t Poppy Seeds
Instructions
  1. Julienned or grate jicama and put in mixing bowl.
  2. Cut cucumber halves into three lengths each cut into ½” pieces and add to jicama or...you can julienne them too by cutting on the bias, turn them and cut again.
  3. Quarter then halve strawberries (8 pieces each) and add to bowl.
  4. Mix rest of ingredients, pour over veggies and toss lightly.
  5. Plate.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 109 Calories, .7g Protein, 8.9g Fat, 7.9g Carbs, 3.6g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. My opinion: Julienned vegetables make a rather pretty presentation and itsn't that the idea? To present food to yourself and your loved one that make them grateful they are at your table?
  2. One of the cool things about jicama is that it will not turn brown so if you want to grate it ahead of time it will be fine.
  3. If you end up with leftovers it will turn pink from the strawberries but will of course taste great.
  4. *I use 2 drops of liquid Sucralose.
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Low Carb Crunchy Peanut Sauced Salad

Crunchy Peanut Sauced SaladThis is my version of a Crunchy Peanut Sauced Salad that was originally served over rice.  I ditched the rice and beets and subbed mung bean sprouts and jicama and I think you will find it quite tasty and with some major crunchy effects.  Put that lime in the coconut and enjoy in good health.

 

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Crunchy Peanut Sauced Salad
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Sauce
  1. ½ C Creamy Peanut Butter
  2. ½ C Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  3. 2 T Water To Use As Necessary To Thin
  4. 1-2 T Just Like Sugar Brown (Taste It Before Adding Second T)
  5. 1 T Lime Juice Or About ½ Lime
  6. 1 T Tamari Sauce
  7. ¼ t Red Pepper Flakes
  8. 1 t Oyster Or Fish Sauce
  9. ½ t Crushed Garlic
  10. Kosher Salt Only If Needed
Salad
  1. 3 Hard Boiled Eggs (Grated)
  2. 4 C Thinly Sliced Napa Cabbage
  3. ½ C Green Onions Cut ½” On Diagonal (Tops Only)
  4. 1 C Jicama Julienned To Matchsticks
  5. 1 Celery Stalk Cut Thinly On Diagonal
  6. 1 Cucumber Peeled, Halved, Seeds Removed, And Sliced Thinly
  7. 4 Cups Rough Chopped Mung Bean Sprouts
  8. 1 C Chopped Cilantro
  9. 1 T Dried Spearmint Leaves
  10. Kosher Salt To Taste
  11. ¼ C Chopped Or Crushed Peanuts (Optional)
Sauce
  1. In small pan whisk pepper flakes, garlic, peanut butter, coconut milk, Just Like Sugar, lime juice, tamari, fish/oyster sauce and water until smooth. Heat over low, whisking often, until smooth and warm, about 5 minutes, taste and season with salt if necessary. Keep warm over low heat, whisking occasionally.
Salad
  1. Toss cabbage, scallions, jicama, celery, cucumber, sprouts, cilantro, and mint in a large bowl to combine.
  2. Add dressing, tossing to coat.
  3. Plate salad, grate each with ½ egg and sprinkle, if using, with peanuts.
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 224 Calories, 12.7g Protein, 12.2 g Carbs, 4.1g Fiber, 8.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Sauce should be slightly warm and salad served immediately.
  2. Don't add any salt until you taste everything as the tamari and fish sauce are pretty salty on their own.
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Low Carb Vegetable Drizzle

Vegetable DrizzleVegetable DrizzleThis Vegetable Drizzle is an extension of Leek Salad/Egg/Dijon Mustard Sauce.  The only change I made was to switch out the white wine vinegar with balsamic vinegar. I haven’t tried it on everything…yet, but I am pretty sure this could be drizzled on just about any vegetable and me?…I love it on hard boiled eggs and if you have asparagus with the eggs, oh boy is it good on that too.  It of course makes a terrific salad dressing with the addition of a minced shallot, a little garlic and whatever your favorite herbs de jour may be.  Add some Italian Grinder and put it on Cucumber Tomato & Red Onion Salad for a little extra zip.  So have at it as you can doctor this basic drizzle any way you want to.

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Vegetable Drizzle
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Ingredients
  1. 3 T Olive Oil
  2. 1 T Dijon Mustard
  3. 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  4. Pinch Kosher Salt
  5. 2 t Dried Chives
  6. Fresh Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Briskly whisk first 5 ingredients.
  2. 4 Servings
  3. 94 Calories, .0g Protein, .5g Carbs, 0g Fiber, .5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is also wonderful on hard boiled eggs.
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Low Carb Cauliflower Bacon Quinoa Salad

Cauliflower Bacon Quinoa SaladQuinoa is one of 10-12 ancient grains and has become something of a child darling in the last 5-7 years and probably because it is gluten-free. The problem for low carbers is still its high carb content. This Cauliflower Bacon Quinoa Salad is a very quickly made recipe to accompany a last minute meal. If you like this you will also like my Cauliflower Tabbouleh which is different, a bit more complicated, and uses more ingredients. Will this taste like a classic quinoa? No, but pretty close.

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Cauliflower Bacon Quinoa Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 3 C Riced Cauliflower
  2. ½ Lb Bacon
  3. ½ C Chopped Red Onion
  4. ¼ C Chopped Parsley
  5. ¼ C Olive Oil
  6. 2 T Balsamic Vinegar
  7. 1 t Liquid Smoke
  8. 1 t Spicy Mustard
  9. 1 t Just Like Sugar Brown
  10. ½ t Chipotle Powder
  11. ¼ t Salt
  12. Fresh Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook and crumble bacon, retaining 2 T fat.
  2. Put riced cauliflower, red onion, parsley, and bacon in mixing bowl.
  3. In smaller bowl put reserved bacon fat with rest of ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour over cauliflower and again mix well.
  5. 4 Servings
  6. 403 Calories, 8.0g Protein, 6.7g Carbs, 2.1g Fiber, 4.6g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Bacon Almond Avocado Salad

Bacon Almond Avocado SaladBacon, almond, avocado salad. Another terrific salad, this time from my friend Carole. She has actually given me many recipes over the months as she and her husband eat a lot of salad, and I mean a lot of salad. They are confessed saladholics. How that for a word? It shows up as misspelled and I’m still using it. Anyway, as I pretty much do, I changed it to my own suiting, it’s paleo, and I hope you like it.

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Bacon Almond & Avocado Salad
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Salad Guts
  1. 10 Oz Clamshell Spring Mixed Greens
  2. ⅓ C Finely Chopped Red Pepper
  3. ⅓ C Finely Chopped Orange Pepper
  4. ⅓ C Thinly Sliced & Chopped Jicama
  5. 1 Avocado Cut Into Small Chunks
  6. ½ Lb Bacon
  7. 1 C Sliced Almonds
Dressing
  1. ⅓ C Olive Oil
  2. ¼ C Just Like Sugar
  3. 3 T Cider Vinegar
  4. ¾ t Salt
  5. Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Put lettuce & vegetables in bowl.
  2. Fry Bacon reserving 2 T grease & set aside.
  3. Toast almonds in bacon grease, cool & set aside.
  4. Add salt, & Just Like Sugar to vinegar, heat gently, stirring to dissolve, cool and add olive oil.
  5. Add bacon & almonds to salad.
  6. Dress, toss and serve with fresh pepper.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 367 Calories, 9.6g Protein, 8.9 Carbs, 5.0g Fiber, 3.9g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Low Carb Cauliflower TabboulehLow Carb Cauliflower Tabbouleh. Traditional tabbouleh is actually kind of an herb salad with not so much bulgur and as we Americans have made it, it now does not really resemble any true Middle Eastern versions. But hey, now here’s the deal. I am an American and this is closer to our version than theirs. Anyway, the idea is eat a good tasting clean salad and this is that. Any and all of the ingredients may be changed.  By the time you are finished with this dish you may not even recognize it as cauliflower. There are so many other compatible flavors which when blended, make this one tasty side salad and as I know tabbouleh this will be far healthier than the boxed stuff we are all familiar with.  As I said, it is not a “wheat salad” and this it is an herb salad with a little “cauliflower bulgur” in it.

If you are so inclined, and for more wonderful tabbouleh recipes that you can healthify with cauliflower for yourself, here is a list of them and in fact my recipe seems closely related to The Greek Island Tabbouleh

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Cauliflower Tabbouleh
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Ingredients
  1. 4 C Blanched, Drained, Cooled & Riced Cauliflower (Always Include The Core)
  2. 1 C Peeled, De-Seeded And Chopped Cucumber
  3. ¾ C Chopped Mint Leaves (Spearmint) (Or 3-4T Dried Mint)
  4. ½ C Chopped Curly Leaf Parsley
  5. ½ C Pitted And Chopped Kalamata Olives
  6. ½ C Finely Chopped Orange Peppers, Yellow Peppers, Or Both
  7. ⅓ C Thinly Cut Green Onion Tops
  8. ⅓ C Quartered Cherry Tomatoes
  9. ⅓ C Finely Chopped Red Onion
  10. ¼ C Olive Oil
  11. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  12. ½ t Crushed Garlic (Optional)
  13. 1 t Apple Cider Vinegar (Or Red Wine Vinegar)
  14. ¼ t Allspice
  15. ½ t Pepper
  16. 1 t Salt (For Later)
Instructions
  1. Blend first 9 ingredients in large bowl.
  2. In a smaller bowl mix next 6 ingredients and blend into vegetables.
  3. May be refrigerated* or served immediately.
  4. Just before you are ready to serve your tabbouleh sprinkle and mix in the salt or better yet let people do it themselves. Not all, but most of the veggies will weep anyway and if you salt and then refrigerate you will have even more. Now this is not necessarily bad, it just is. Salt leaches out liquids plain & simple. If you end up with weepy tabbouleh even without salt, just drain it.
  5. 10 Servings
  6. 126 Calories, 1.1g Protein, 7.4g Carbs, 1.6 g Fiber, 5.8g Net Carbs
  7. 12 Servings
  8. 105 Calories, .9g Protein, 6.2g Carbs, 1.3g Fiber, 4.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. *I personally like to refrigerate mine for at least several hours.
  2. If you have it and wish to add a little crumbled feta cheese then please, be my guest.
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Low Carb Wilted Spinach Salad

Spinach SaladThis is a pretty standard Wilted Spinach Salad recipe and sometimes we just need to be reminded of the many different salad choices we have. This couldn’t be too much easier.  I think for a bit of crunchy goodness, this would be enhanced with toasted sliced almonds and I have added them into the recipe.  As you can see I grated my egg. More SURFACE AREA , more taste.

 

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Wilted Spinach Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 10 Oz Clamshell Baby Spinach
  2. ½ Lb Crispy Cooked Chopped Bacon
  3. 3 Chopped Hard Boiled Eggs (As You See, I Grated My Eggs)
  4. ½ C Thinly Sliced Red Onion
  5. 6 Thinly Sliced Button Or Crimini Mushrooms
  6. ¼ C Toasted Almonds
  7. ¼ C Red Wine Vinegar
  8. 1½ t Dijon Mustard
  9. 1 t Just Like Sugar
  10. ½ t Salt
  11. Lots Freshly Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Toast the almonds.
  2. Cook & chop bacon reserving ¼ cup fat.
  3. Hard boil eggs and rough chop.
  4. Mix mustard and Just Like Sugar into heated bacon fat & add vinegar.
  5. In large bowl mix spinach, eggs, red onion, and mushrooms.
  6. Sprinkle with salt.
  7. Add dressing and mix.
  8. Plate and garnish with almonds.
  9. Serve with lots of fresh ground pepper.
  10. 6 Servings
  11. 275 Calories, 10.0g Protein, 4.4g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.2g Net Carb
Notes
  1. Bacon fat is included in the nutritionals.
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Low Carb Bacon Egg Spinach And Onion Salad

Bacon Egg Spinach And Onion SaladBacon Egg Spinach And Onion Salad. There is a very funny true story which leads to the recipe.  Way back in the day I often had a hard time being invited to anyone’s house for dinner because of the way I cooked.  Sadly, my insecure friends were intimidated. They had all been to my house for dinner multiple times and were convinced they could not make something suitable that I would eat. I finally just kinda got mad and told them that I loved pot roast, pretty much thinking anyone can fix an edible pot roast and until they invited me for dinner I would not have them over again.  Sooo, my friend Carol said she could make a pretty good one and invited me for dinner. WOW, don’t always believe someone when they say they make a pretty mean pot roast because I am here to tell you her pot roast was mean and not in such a good way. Apparently she put a frozen chunk of meat in her slow cooker at 2:00 in the afternoon and I was to come at 5:30. When I got there the roast was still frozen in the center and would probably have needed another 4-5 hours to cook. Oh Lordy, and what to do. I got on the phone to our local grocery that spit-cooked X number of chickens per day and yes, I asked them to hold the last one while I drove over to pick it up. Meanwhile Carol peeled and started cooking the potatoes. We (I) had decided mashed might be better. Well we ate that chicken with mashed potatoes at about 7:00 but laugh? Oh yeah, we laughed alright and to this day nearly 20 yrs later we still laugh about it. Did Carol ever finally make pot roast for me? Not on your life.

After I had moved I met other people who could cook and were not in the least bit worried about serving me a terrific meal and Dorothy was one of those people. I asked for her salad recipe and here it is. The only things I have subbed are toasted almonds in place of water chestnuts, a sugar-free ketchup and Just Like Sugar which is paleo.

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Bacon, Egg, Spinach, & Onion Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 10 Oz Clamshell Fresh Spinach
  2. ½ Lb Chopped Fried Bacon
  3. ½ Thinly Cut Red Onion
  4. ¼ C Sliced Toasted Almonds
  5. 6 Chopped Or Sliced Hard Boiled Eggs
  6. 3 Thinly Sliced Medium Button Mushrooms
  7. ⅓ C Red Wine Vinegar
  8. ⅓ C Olive Oil
  9. 1½ T Sugar-Free Ketchup
  10. 1½ T Worcestershire Sauce
  11. 1 T Just Like Sugar
  12. Fresh Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon, cool, & crumble.
  2. Dump greens, bacon, red onion, mushrooms, & eggs into bowl and gently toss.
  3. Barely heat vinegar and Just Like Sugar to dissolve.
  4. Put olive oil, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar mixture in a small jar and shake vigorously.
  5. Pour dressing over salad and toss again.
  6. Plate and evenly distribute salad.
  7. Garnish with toasted almonds.
  8. Grind on the pepper
  9. 6 Servings
  10. 297 Calories, 6.9g Protein, 4.9g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you happen to have a jicama hanging around, if thinly sliced & cut about the size of a nickel, it also makes a good water chestnut substitution.
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Low Carb Bacon Blue Cheese Purple Onion Salad

Bacon Blue Cheese Purple Onion SaladThis Bacon Blue Cheese Purple Onion Salad was served to me as a dinner guest about 30 years ago and I scratched out the recipe on a little piece of paper (which I still have).  It’s not so much the salad but the dressing & salad combination that is so good.  I have since made this many time but have not been able to eat it very recently and now I can. The original dressing recipe had massive amounts of sugar in it which of course has now changed. I have changed the oil and I cannot tell the difference. So, serve it to friends & see if they ask for your recipe. In the restaurant I served this as a small side salad and also piled it onto a full size plate for dinner. Our town librarian came in after work about 4-5 times a week to eat it.  I used to call it Maureen’s salad for no other reason than it was first served to me by Maureen but it really does not begin to really describe how good it is.  Seriously what could possibly go wrong with a bacon, blue cheese, and purple onion salad?

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Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Purple Onion Salad
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Salad
  1. 10 Oz Clamshell Spring Mix Salad Greens
  2. ½ Lb Fried & Crumbled Bacon
  3. ½ Thinly Sliced Red Onion Cut Into Pieces
  4. 6 Oz Good Quality Crumbled Blue Cheese
  5. Fresh Cracked Pepper
Dressing
  1. ⅓ C Olive Oil
  2. ⅓ C White Vinegar
  3. ⅓ C Just Like Sugar
  4. 1 t Salt
Instructions
  1. Fry bacon and cool.
  2. Dump greens, bacon, red onion, & crumbled blue cheese into bowl and toss.
  3. Put olive oil, vinegar, Just Like Sugar, & salt, in a small jar and shake vigorously.
  4. Pour dressing over salad and toss again.
  5. Plate and evenly distribute salad.
  6. Grind lots of pepper.
  7. 6 Servings
  8. 266 Calories, 9.2g Protein, 3.1g Carbs, .2g Fiber, 2.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is how I make my dressing. Since salt does not dissolve in oil I add it to the vinegar & Just Like Sugar, heat on low stirring until it is dissolved, then add the oil and shake.
  2. Because of the sweetness of the dressing I think strawberries would be a great addition.
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Low Carb Canlis Salad

Canlis SaladThe Canlis Salad comes from the Canlis restaurant in Seattle, WA and has become an institution. I myself have never eaten there and after looking at their menu (no individual prices) I can see why. It’s expensive and I’ll bet well worth it. The recipe for this salad is perhaps their signature dish and if not, it is certainly what they are most famous for.

From their website: “Of all the recipes requested, none is more cherished than the Canlis Salad. Taught to him by his Lebanese mother, the Canlis salad was perfected by Peter Canlis and introduced to the world on opening night, December 11, 1950. Served in homes and restaurants around the world, the recipe, [as it appears below], is one of our family’s prized possessions”. Yeah, I tweaked it for low carb, a bit more to my liking, and took out the croutons.  This is a Lebanese salad and the mint is original to the recipe.  When I say in a recipe “the mint is optional but good” it just means you can leave it out but I guarantee you it is good to buy and use mint as it enhances the flavors of anything you use it in and you will find it used in many  ways, in many recipes on this site.

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Canlis Salad
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Salad
  1. 2 Small Or 1 Large Head Romaine
  2. ½ Lb Crispy Cooked Chopped Bacon
  3. 18 Halved Cherry Tomatoes Or 2 Medium Chopped
  4. ¼ C Slivered Green Onion Tops
Dressing
  1. 1 Egg (There Is A Trick Here)
  2. ½ C Parmesan Cheese
  3. ½ C Olive Oil
  4. 1 T Crushed Garlic
  5. ¼ C Lemon Juice
  6. ¼ C Chopped Fresh Mint (I use 1 T Dried Mint)
  7. ¾ t Dried Oregano + More To Taste
  8. ½ t Salt
  9. Lots Of Fresh Ground Pepper
Instructions
  1. Wash, dry, chop, cover and refrigerate lettuce in a large bowl. (It will get super crispy).
  2. Cook & chop bacon.
  3. Halve or chop the tomatoes.
  4. Carefully put your egg into a cup (without breaking it and gently pour boiling water on it and count to 60 you know, like a one minute egg. This is the easy way to coddle an egg. If you bust the egg then don’t pour the water in-just use it *raw. (See Caesar Dressing and note below).
  5. Pour off water and put egg into small processor along with the garlic, mint, lemon juice, oregano, & salt.
  6. Slowly pour in the olive oil.
  7. Add Parmesan cheese and pulse a couple of times to mix.
  8. Add bacon, tomatoes, and green onions and to lettuce & toss to mix.
  9. Add dressing to coat all.
  10. Serve with lots of fresh ground pepper.
  11. 6 Servings
  12. 397 Calories, 9.7g Protein, 6.2g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carb
Notes
  1. *I personally do not coddle my eggs but some people are still squeamish about raw eggs even though they have been pasteurized for many years now. Go figure.
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Low Carb Cucumber Tomato Red Onion Salad

Cucumber Tomato Red Onion SaladLow Carb Cucumber Tomato Red Onion Salad is a quick last minute salad.  McCormick makes a fantastic Italian Herb Grinder and it is what I use.  Just mix the ingredients, serve and grind away to your individual taste.  This is also very good with crumbled feta cheese, chunked avocado or…both, and once you have this grinder, you’ll find many other uses for it.

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Cucumber, Tomato, & Red Onion Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Peeled, Deseeded & Cubed English Cucumber
  2. 1 C Diced Fresh Tomatoes
  3. ¼ C Sliced Red Onions
  4. ¼ C Olive Oil
  5. McCormick Italian Herb Grinder
Instructions
  1. Toss all ingredients
  2. Serve and generously grind on the Italian herbs.
  3. 4 Servings
  4. 144 Calories, 1.4g Protein, 5.1g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 4.1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The grinder already has salt in it but if it doesn't seem enough add a pinch more.
  2. For a little extra zip splash in a bit of red wine vinegar.
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Low Carb Chunky Guacamole Salad

Chunky Guacamole SaladThis low carb Chunky Guacamole salad is an altered recipe from Jack White’s  much talked about guacamole salad recipe. I left out the Serrano peppers and added my own taco seasoning and this stuff is addictive.  Served with Spicy Taco Hamburger  it is a complete meal.  Take notice that you can combine a lot of my recipes and still be under 10g carbs & many under 15g carbs. You will need Taco Seasoning to complete this.

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Chunky Guacamole Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Avocados
  2. 1 Large Diced Tomato
  3. ¼ C Finely Diced Onion
  4. ¼ C Finely Chopped Green Onion Tops
  5. ¼ C Finely Chopped Cilantro
  6. ½ T Taco Seasoning
  7. ¼ t Salt
  8. Juice 1 Lime
Instructions
  1. Cut avocados in half and take out the pits.
  2. Cradling each half make 3 cuts down the long side and then 4 cuts the other way and scoop out chunks with a spoon.
  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients and toss lightly
  4. 6 Servings
  5. 109 Calories, .7g Protein, 4.6g Carbs, 1.0g Fiber, 3.6g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Taco Seasoning

Taco SeasoningThis is  a very simple Taco Seasoning spice mix recipe to keep around. It certainly does not need to only go on tacos. I use to spice Cheese Tortilla Fajitas and it is good sprinkled in guacamole, in ground beef, and other things. It easily makes a good dip mixed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese & sour cream. I like to brown ground beef & slivered onions, add this taco seasoning, cover with cheese, a dollop of sour cream. Spicy Taco Hamburger Easy easy & your children will love it.

 Making any seasoning mix yourself is far less expensive than buying it and you can tweak you own recipes any way you want to. Now of course if you don’t use it much then buying small amounts make sense. I have so many herbs & spices I use that it’s almost obscene.

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Taco Seasoning
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ C Chili Powder
  2. 2 T Cumin
  3. 4 t Salt
  4. 4 t Pepper
  5. 2 t Oregano
  6. 2 t Paprika
  7. 2 t Garlic Powder
  8. 1 t Onion Powder
  9. 1 t Chipotle Powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all.
  2. Makes ⅔ C
  3. 30 Servings
  4. No nutritionals it’s a total freebie.
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Low Carb Leek Salad

Leek SaladLeek SaladI like totally stole this Leek Salad recipe from Andrew Zimmern who got it from French chef Jean-Pierre Moullé who ran the kitchen at Chez Panisse for more than 30 years. I bet this recipe has been around for a while and served to thousands of people. Yep, I stole the picture to the right too. Found the recipe on Twitter and…retweeted it. Yes I did.  Made it last night-fabulous. The picture on the left is mine done with green onions and grated egg.

I did tweak the recipe just a bit because a lot of people may not have fresh chives and even in the picture on the left the egg yolks are not grated. I thought it might be nice to actually grate the whole egg (waste not want not) to use as garnish as it is so much prettier.  If you look at the picture the leeks, at least to me, look quite thin and since it is easy to find leeks that may be an inch or more in diameter I think ½ leek is plenty, plenty as a salad.  In the second picture I used green onions which are delicious and actually lower in carbs or about 1g carb/serving.

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Leek Salad/Egg/Dijon Mustard Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Large Leeks
  2. 1 T Dijon Mustard
  3. 1 T White Wine Vinegar
  4. 3 T Olive Oil
  5. Salt & Pepper
  6. 2 t Dried Chives (Or Fresh If You Have Them)
  7. 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Instructions
  1. To prepare the leeks, trim away the rough bottom on the root end but leave enough so that the leaves don't start to fall off. Cut the tough dark green stalks at the top leaving at least 2 and if possible 3 inches. You will be surprised that as they steam the darker tops will tenderize too.
  2. Starting 1½” from the root end cut the leek in half lengthwise all the way to the green tips.
  3. Make a quarter turn and repeat step one. (The leek will still be intact but the top will be quartered).
  4. Soak the leeks in a bowl of cold water, swishing them around to remove any dirt.
  5. Finish by rinsing the leek under cold running water, taking care to flush away any hidden grit between the layers at the root end. Leeks can most often be very dirty and it is important to clean them thoroughly. My opinion here: They begin to look like an old fashioned whisk broom.
  6. Set up a steamer basket over water in a pot with a tight-fitting lid and set over high heat bringing water to a boil. Turn down heat and steam the leeks for 10-15 minutes, until tender and fully cooked.
  7. Drain & set aside to cool or refrigerate for later use.
  8. Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, dried chives, a pinch of salt, and plenty of black pepper in a small mixing bowl. If you are using freshly ground pepper save it until last.
  9. When ready to use the leeks cut each in half lengthwise.
  10. Put on a platter or plate individually, grate ½ egg over each leek, and thoroughly drizzle with the dressing.
  11. Lots of freshly ground pepper.
  12. Garnish with fresh chives if you have them.
  13. 4 Servings
  14. 103 Calories, 3.7g Protein, 5.0g Carbs, .7g Fiber, 4.3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. I pretty much did the directions as they had them but what I did was put the leeks in a sauté pan with water, covered & simmered them, turning several times. Just a different way to do the same thing. If you are a restaurant you do lots at a time and for a smaller amount pan steaming works very well.
  2. Green onions are easily just as good as leeks.
  3. Salad may be served warm or cold.
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Low Carb Guacamole Egg Bombs

Guacamole Egg BombsGuacamole Egg Bombs.I have made these pretty little gems many times with bacon but never this way. We had non-pork eating friends for dinner the other night so I left out the bacon and topped them with green onions and tomato and they really do taste like little Guacamole Egg Bombs…so here they are…for your vegetarian and/or vegan friends. They make a nice little dinner starter.

This is one of a trio of recipes for a terrific low carb picnic winter/summer indoors or out.  The other two companion recipes are Southern Deep Fried Chicken & Macaroni Salad. Now you can have a complete guilt-free meal with a measly 10g net carbs. Not to shabby for a totally fill yourself up meal.

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Guacamole Egg Bombs
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Ingredients
  1. 12 Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. 1 Large Ripe Haas Avocado
  3. ½ C Mayonnaise (More If Needed)
  4. 2 T Yellow Mustard
  5. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  6. ½ t Spike© Seasoning (Or Salt)
  7. ⅛ t Chipotle Powder (Or More To Taste)
  8. ½ C Small Diced Tomatoes
  9. ¼ C Green Onion Tops (Yes More)
Instructions
  1. Cut eggs in half, take out yolks and put in processor along with cubed avocado, mayo, mustard, green onions and Spike©.
  2. Process until very smooth and pipe or spoon into egg halves.
  3. In small bowl mix the tomatoes, green onions, and chipotle powder then take about one t and embed in top of each egg.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 249 Calories, 10.5g Protein, 4.7g Carbs, 2.3g Fiber, 2.4g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Macaroni Salad

Macaroni SaladMacaroni SaladLow Carb Macaroni Salad. This is one of a trio of recipes for a terrific low carb picnic winter/summer indoors or out.  The other two companion recipes are Southern Deep Fried Chicken & Guacamole Egg Bombs.  Now you can have a complete guilt-free meal with a measly 10g net carbs. Not to shabby for a totally fill yourself up meal. You will need a recipe of Spaetzle.  See that dry mustard in the pic?  Not an ingredient, I was just kidding.  Use the French’s mustard.

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Macaroni Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Recipe Spaetzle Noodles
  2. 1 Hard Boiled Egg (Or Two If You Want More)
  3. ½ C Small Diced Celery
  4. ¼ C Small Diced Red Peppers
  5. ¼ C Small Diced Red Onion
  6. ¼ C Green Onion Tops
  7. 1 Small Diced Medium Dill Pickle
  8. ⅓ C Mayonnaise (More If Needed)
  9. 2 T Yellow Mustard
  10. ¼ t Spike Spice (Or Salt)
  11. ¼ t Celery Seed
  12. ¼ t Pepper
  13. More Mayo If Needed
Instructions
  1. Mix cold spaetzle noodles with pickle & all vegetables.
  2. Mix Mayo, mustard & all spices.
  3. Dress vegetables with mayo mixture.
  4. Taste & correct seasonings.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. 6 Servings
  7. 192 Calories, 6.5g Protein, 9.1g Carbs, 3.5g Fiber, 5.6g Net Carbs
  8. 8 Servings
  9. 144 Calories, 4.7g Protein, 6.8g Carbs, 2.6g Fiber, 4.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You could easily add some small diced zucchini, cucumber, kalamata or black olives, and/or ham/bacon for extra flavor, volume, and nutrition.
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Low Carb Cobb Salad

Cobb SaladI found this somewhere on the internet-a way to remember the components of Cobb Salad. Use the mnemonic EAT COBB: Egg, Avocado, Tomato, Chicken, Onion, Bacon, Bleu Cheese.

This is a very simple and elegant salad to serve as a main dinner entrée. I served this in the restaurant to rave reviews.

The description below is how I arranged my ingredients and there are a lot of arrangements so just pick your favorite. The ideal is to have a different flavor or combination of flavors with each bite of salad.

I served mine with Caesar Dressing (traditional) and you can serve it with your own favorite dressing. If you are inclined to Caesar then the recipe is here: Caesar Salad Dressing

I have eaten many a Cobb Salad in my day and I have traveled many times between Portland & Seattle and there is a little joint off the I-5 in the middle of nowhere called Spiffy’s that has the best Cobb Salad (besides my own) that I have ever had so…if you are every up this way stop in and try one…with the Caesar dressing.

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Cobb Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Diced Hard Boiled Egg
  2. ½ Chunked Avocado
  3. ½ C Hand Pulled Chicken
  4. ¼ C Chopped Tomato
  5. ¼ C Slivered Purple Onion
  6. ¼ C Chopped Cooked Bacon
  7. ¼ C Good Quality Crumbled Blue Cheese
  8. 4 C Lettuce
Instructions
  1. “IF” you have nice large oval plates this would be the time to use them.
  2. Pile as much lettuce as you can get on the plate-at least 4C.
  3. Arrange your ingredients artfully around the edge of the salad then drizzle dressing all over everything. For company, a nice garnish might be a couple of cheese crisps tucked in at both ends along with a couple wedges of lemon.
  4. 1 Serving
  5. 827 Calories, 60.5 Protein, 17.0g Carbs, 9.1g Fiber, 7.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. You may certainly use any lettuce you like but my favorite for this is Spring Mix with a little Romaine mixed in for crunch.
  2. I think there are several other nice additions (but definitely not traditional) to this salad and they coud be ¼ C bay shrimp, ¼ C Black Olives, & a handful of crispy mung bean sprouts.
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Low Carb Bread Crumb Croutons

Bread Crumb Croutons same recipe with the same ingredients as the Au Gratin Casserole Topping just put together a bit differently and perfect with Caesar Chicken Salad/Dressing You will need Carbalose Flour Bread  to make the crumbs.  To read about Carbalose Flour please see the All Things Carbalose informational page.

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Bread Crumb Croutons
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Carbalose Flour Bread Crumbs
  2. 2 T Melted Butter
  3. ¼ C Parmesan Cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix melted butter and crumbs.
  2. Add to medium heated small sauté pan and stirring frequently as not to overdo them cook until crisp.
  3. Take off heat, put in small bowl and mix in Parmesan cheese. Voila-crumbed croutons.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 63 Calories, 4.5g Protein, 2.4g Carbs, 1.4g Fiber, 1g Net Carbs
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Low Carb Smoked Ham Salad

Low Carb Smoked Ham SaladLow Carb Smoked Ham Salad. I guarantee you will never eat another commercial Ham Salad after this and is this easy or what? The three secrets to this recipe are good quality ham, the liquid smoke and the Sugar Free Mt. Olive Sweet Relish. I have had others SF relishes and for whatever reason they don’t begin to compare to Mt Olive. It is available at www.netrition.com

This is good served on a thick slab of tomato with melted smoked cheddar cheese over it or if you make Carbalose Flour Bread it makes a terrific quick sandwich for lunch and even good served by the tablespoon on Sour Cream & Chive Crackers or Hazelnut Parmesan Crackers for a little “quickie something” before dinner.

Make sure when you taste test it you stop at the test-it’s very easy to just stand at the kitchen counter and chow down and I’m not kidding you, I have done it many times.

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Smoked Ham Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb. Good Quality Cooked & Smoked Ham
  2. 1 C Mayonnaise
  3. ½ C Sugar Free Mt. Olive Sweet Relish
  4. ¼ C Yellow Mustard
  5. 2 t Liquid Smoke
Instructions
  1. Grind ham finely in food processor and remove to a bowl.
  2. In another bowl mix next 4 ingredients and mix into ground ham.
  3. 6 Servings
  4. 402 Calories, 17.1g Protein, 38.8g Fat, 1.3g Carbs, .0g Fiber, 1.3g Net Carbs
  5. 8 Servings
  6. 302 Calories, 12.8g Protein, 29.1g Fat, 1.0g Carbs, .0g Fiber, 1.0g Net Carbs
  7. 1 T
  8. 75 Calories, 3.1g Protein, 7.3g Fat, .3g Carbs, 0g Fiber, .3g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If your ham has been injected with up to 35% “added product” squeeze it out before you grind it and my best advice is not to buy anything with the word “product” attached to it. I don’t know about you but I am not interested in buying water or whatever else they inject into ham and chickens these days.
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Low Carb Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing

Low Carb Creamy Poppy Seed DressingLow Carb Creamy Poppy Seed DressingLow Carb Creamy Poppy Seed DressingLow Carb Creamy Poppy Seed DressingLow Carb Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing. Gads, I tried and tried to make this creamy poppy seed dressing  with the original oil version but because I wasn’t using sugar I could not keep everything in suspension.  It tasted just like the original but it kept separating and you would have to shake it.  I have to say though, that this version of the famous poppy seed dressing is pretty tasty stuff and very like it’s original sister. The salad shown is with strawberries, bacon and tomato.

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Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 8 Dps Splenda
  2. 3 T White Vinegar
  3. ¾ C Mayonnaise
  4. 2 t Grated Onion
  5. 1½ t Poppy Seeds
  6. 1 t Dry Mustard
Instructions
  1. Beat all ingredients together. Taste and if you like it sweeter add another drop of Splenda.
  2. Serving: 4
  3. 275 Calories, .7 Protein, .2 Carbs, .1 Fiber, .1 Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is very good on avocado & tomato or avocado & strawberries.
  2. You may add 1 t of orange extract for a little oomph if serving with just bare naked strawberries.
  3. You can also make with ½ yogurt and ½ mayo.
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Low Carb Pickled Red Onions

Low Carb Pickled Red OnionsLow Carb Pickled Red Onions are so easy to make and once you have  them you will find lots of uses.  They can be sprinkled on just about any salad and I love them with capers on Chicken Liver Pate & Hazelnut Crackers

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Pickled Red Onions
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Large or 2 Smaller Red Onions
  2. 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs)
  3. 1 C Water
  4. 3 Drops Liquid Sucralose (EZ-Sweetz)
  5. 10 Peppercorns
  6. 8 Cloves
  7. 1 t Salt
Instructions
  1. Slice onion thinly 1/16th” (I use a mandoline which I feel is an absolutely must have tool) and then cut pieces into about 1 ½” long.
  2. Bring rest of ingredients to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and simmer onions for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Put into quart jar and refrigerate.
Notes
  1. The picture of the mandoline above is a Norpro. This company makes good quallity products that don't cost an arm and a leg.
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Low Carb Caesar Salad

Caesar SaladCaesar SaladCaesar SaladI once waited tables in a fancy-dancy restaurant in Denver where we cooked fancy-dancy foods tableside and Caesar Salad was one of them. The maitre d’ would come to the table with his well stocked cart and we as the wait-staff had to just stand there twiddling our thumbs until he was finished, and then serve the salads. Well…it didn’t take me long to decide it might be a good way to up my tips (it did) if I did my own salads table-side…and it also didn’t take long for the other wait-staff to ask me to do their table-side cooking for them too. So in many of my years in the restaurant biz I have made my share of Caesar Salad. Table-side or otherwise.

This is only my rendition and there are many. It is a bit easier than table-side as I now make it in my small Cuisinart.  It is said that Shrimp/Crab Louis/Dressing is the “king” of salads and I say Caesar Salad stands right next to it.

I don’t always advocate chopping lettuce with a knife because it causes the lettuce to “rust” quickly (it is better torn) but in this case it will be used relatively quickly so for convenience I do use a knife.

Lastly, yes, I do use a raw egg. Since you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and I have been eating raw eggs all my 70 year old life, I am not about to change. Anyway, somewhere along the line “they” and I have never figured out who “they” are, but in this case probably some bureaucratic idiot(s) who decided all eggs should be pasteurized. So what’s the fear now? But hey, if it still makes you squeamish-use mayo and yuck on you.

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Caesar Salad Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Whole Egg
  2. 3 T Fresh Lemon Juice
  3. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  4. 1 t Dijon Mustard
  5. 1 t Worcestershire Sauce
  6. 2 t Anchovy Paste
  7. ½ C Olive Oil
  8. ½ C Parmesan Cheese
  9. 1 Large Or 2 Small Heads Crispy Cold Chopped Romaine Lettuce (12-16 C)
  10. Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. DRESSING
  2. Put first 6 ingredients in processor, slowly add oil and then add the Parmesan cheese, it will thicken a bit.
  3. SALAD GREENS
  4. Cut off tips of head (if badly wilted). Holding the bottom of the head score the leaves several times, turn 90 degrees and cut to desires piece sizes-optimally about 1½”. Put into sink of cold water and swish it around. Drain the sink, shake off water, put is a bowl, cover with film, and put in the fridge for at least an hour. Any excess water will settle at the bottom. This will be the second crispiest lettuce ever (iceberg always wins) and no, you do not need ice. That crispy iceberg & romaine you get in a restaurant? Well, that’s how they do it-by the tubful. And waste-not want-not, I use the whole head.
  5. 6-8 Servings: Salad & Dressing
  6. 222 Calories, 3.2g Protein, 4.1g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.2g Net Carbs
  7. 6-8 Servings: Salad, Dressing, & Chicken
  8. 351 Calories, 26g Protein, 4.1g Carbs, 2.0g Fiber, 2.2g Net Carbs
  9. If wanted-add 3 oz. sautéed & sliced chicken breast and lay across salad which will add nothing more than 129 calories & 22.8g protein.
  10. ASSEMBLY
  11. In large bowl toss lettuce with the dressing and add more cheese if wanted.
  12. Plate, put lots of cracked pepper on top and serve with a side wedge of lemon.
Notes
  1. Yes, I must confess I use anchovy paste. What’s not to love? Use what you need & stick it back in the fridge. It lasts forever. There are a few things I use for convenience and this is one of them.
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Low Carb Shrimp/Crab Salad/Louis Dressing

Shrimp/Crab/Salad/Louis Dressing Shrimp/Crab/Salad/Louis DressingI don’t know if Shrimp/Crab/Salad/Louis Dressing is truly the “king” of salads but it has to stand as right up there at the top. The dressing is fabulous on a Rueben sandwich (if you can eat one) and no, Louis Dressing is NOT 1,000 Island Dressing.

I do not use much iceberg lettuce (2 recipes on the site) but there are times when it is the only lettuce you can use. If prepped properly it is about the crispiest lettuce that I know of and the directions are below for exactly how to do it. I don’t always advocate chopping lettuce with a knife because it causes the lettuce to “rust” quickly (it is better torn) but in this case it will be used relatively quickly so for convenience I do use a knife.  The technique works with Romaine as well.

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Shrimp/Crab/Louis Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Mayonnaise
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 2 T Chili Sauce
  4. 2 T Sugar Free Ketchup
  5. 2 T Fresh Lemon Juice
  6. 2 T Finely Sliced Green Onion Tops
  7. ½ t Dijon Mustard
  8. ¼ t Onion Powder
  9. ¼ t Garlic Powder
  10. 1 t Worcestershire Sauce
  11. 8 C Crisp & Cold Chopped Iceberg Lettuce
  12. 1 C Tomato Small Dice
  13. 2 Chopped Hard Boiled Eggs
  14. ½ Lb Bay Shrimp, Crab, Or Combo
  15. Cracked Pepper
Instructions
  1. DRESSING
  2. Beat all ingredients, put in a 1 cup jar, and refrigerate.
  3. SALAD GREENS
  4. Take off the outer leaves of the head (if badly wilted) and core it. Cut in half and then cut to desires piece sizes-optimally about 1”. Put into sink of cold water and swish it around. Drain the sink, shake off the excess water, put is a bowl, cover with film, and put in the fridge for at least an hour. This will be the crispiest lettuce ever and it works very well for most lettuce and no, you do not need ice. That crispy lettuce you get in a restaurant? Well, that’s how they do it-by the tubful.
  5. ASSEMBLY
  6. Put down lettuce, top with egg, then tomatoes, then sauce, then cracked pepper, and lastly sprinkle on the shrimp. Serve with a side wedge of lemon.
  7. 4 Servings: Dressing
  8. 260 Calories, .3g Protein, 3.3g Carbs, 0g Fiber, 3.3g Net Carbs
  9. 4 Servings: Salad & Dressing
  10. 379 Calories, 16.6g Protein, 8.6g Carbs, 1.9g Fiber, 6.9g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. Good Grief, this is good and is easily enhanced with asparagus, cucumbers or...
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Low Carb Caramelized Walnuts

Caramelized WalnutsI don’t have the foggiest idea where I read it but somewhere I read that Swerve will caramelize.  That sounded sort of interesting so I think I ordered a one lb. package of it from Netrition because I had been wanting to try it anyway.  Well…it does caramelize and this recipe is the result.

As I am a Type II diabetic, and in light of new information regarding Oligosaccharides I do not believe this recipe is as low carb as indicated.

Caramelized Walnuts
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Walnuts Large Chop
  2. ¼ C Swerve
Instructions
  1. Put ingredients in non-stick pan on medium. When Swerve begins to melt start stirring gently and constantly. This may take 4-5 minutes but do not leave it alone or it will burn. When nuts are toasty light brown pour onto a silpat or a piece of parchment paper and leave it alone to cool a bit. When you can handle them, gently break apart. (They may be sticky at this point) Let cool completely. They will not be sticky anymore-they will be light and crackly and very similar to the Cracker Jacks I ate and loved as a child.
  2. Serves: 8
  3. Serving Size: 2 T
  4. 196 Calories 2g Carbs, 1g Fiber, 1g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. The most amazing thing! When the nuts are completely cooled they are shiny, shiny, shiny, just like any other candied nut.
  2. These are really nifty.
  3. More is definitely NOT better. Do not over cook or over brown and do not add more Swerve thinking they will be sweeter. The Swerve does not soak into the nuts-it will only coat them.
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Low Carb Cranberry Orange Relish

Cranberry Orange RelishCranberry Orange RelishThis Low Carb Cranberry Orange Relish is so easy to make it’s pathetic. It is also pathetically good.  With leftovers you can make Cranberry Orange Mousse and Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Pie.

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Cranberry Orange Relish
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Ingredients
  1. 1 12 oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries. If frozen only thaw slightly before processing.
  2. 1 Medium Honeycrisp or Granny Smith apple peeled, seeded and rough chopped
  3. 20 Drops EZ-Sweetz or to taste
  4. 1 T Orange Extract
  5. 1 C Water
Instructions
  1. Put cranberries and apple chunks in food processor and pulse until you have small pieces. Do not over-process. Transfer to saucepan and simmer about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Add orange extract and sweetener, cool and refrigerate. Good luck eating ¼ cup-it is very easy to eat a whole lot of this stuff but hey, even ½ cup only has 7½g net carbs.
  3. 12 ¼ C Servings
  4. 19 Calories .2g Protein, 5.2g Carbs, 1.5g Fiber, 3.7g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. This is not just for Thanksgiving anymore. I buy bags and bags of cranberries and freeze them so we can eat it whenever we want. It is easy enough to cut this recipe in half if you don’t want so much at one time…but you will.
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Low Carb Greek Salad With Creamy Feta Dressing

Low Carb Greek Salad With Creamy Feta DressingLow Carb Greek Salad With Creamy Feta DressingThis Low Carb Greek Salad With Creamy Feta Dressing is so good on a warm summer day.  Everything is fresh with the flavors of oregano and mint which the Greeks are so famous for.

My personal theory is:  To put anything you want into a salad so if you have your own favorite ingredients then…go for it.

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Greek Salad With Creamy Feta Dressing
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Dressing Ingredients
  1. ½ C Mayonnaise
  2. 2 T Olive Oil
  3. 1 T Fresh Lemon Juice
  4. 1 T Red Wine Vinegar
  5. 1 T Dried Oregano (Can Use More)
  6. 1 t Dried Mint (Can Use More)
  7. 1 t Worcestershire Sauce
  8. 1 t Crushed Garlic
  9. 1 t Dried Parsley
  10. ¼ C Crumbled Feta Cheese
  11. Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Salad Ingredients
  1. 1 C Pitted Kalamata Olives
  2. 1 C Tomato Chunks
  3. 1 C Diced Orange, Yellow Or Red Peppers (Or Mix & Match)
  4. 1 C Chopped Green Onion Tops
  5. 1 C Artichoke Hearts
  6. 1 C Cucumber
  7. 1 C Feta Cheese
  8. 1 C Diced Purple Onion
Directions
  1. Process dressing ingredients in small Cuisinart except the salt & pepper until blended and mostly smooth.
  2. Add salt & fresh pepper to taste.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Cut salad ingredients into chunky pieces and toss with dressing.
  5. May be served with an underlayment of lettuce as a garnish but Greek salad would not generally be served with lettuce.
  6. 8 Servings
  7. 228 Calories, 3.1g Protein, 19.9g Fat, 9.5g Carbs, 1.9g Fiber, 7.6g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If there is one thing the Greeks do it is to use oregano and mint liberally.
  2. I think it easier to let people salt and pepper their own salad as the dressing is so tasty piquant they may not need any.
  3. All ingredients listed are included in nutritionals.
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Low Carb Coleslaw

Low Carb ColeslawLow Carb ColeslawLow Carb Coleslaw. I have served this to-die-for Coleslaw to unsuspecting people who think it is the best slaw they have ever eaten-little did they know.  Great for a picnic-indoors or out. Perfect with Southern Deep Fried Chicken, and Guacamole Egg Bombs.

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Coleslaw & Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. 1 C Mayo
  2. ¾ C Sour Cream
  3. 3 T White Vinegar
  4. 3 T Lemon Juice
  5. 2 T Grated Onion
  6. 1½ T Celery Seed
  7. 2 t Dry Mustard
  8. 1 t Paprika
  9. ¼ t Salt
  10. ¼ t Pepper
  11. 10 Drps EZ-Sweetz Liquid Splenda
  12. 1 Large Head Cabbage Finely Shredded
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except shredded cabbage and check for taste. If you like it sweeter, add more Splenda 1 drop at a time.
  2. Add in cabbage and toss to coat. I use a mandoline which makes your slaw slices fine and evenly cut.
  3. This slaw will not ‘weep’ much liquid because there is very little salt and no sugar in it.
  4. Serves 12
  5. 250 Calories, 2.5g Protein, 7.5g Carbs, 3g Fiber, 4.5g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. If you have a little dressing left over, it saves quite well in the refrigerator or...it makes a really good salad dressing and pairs well with avocados and tomatoes.
  2. This may sound a little anal but I blanch my shredded cabbage for 15-20 seconds, plunge it into cold water and then drain and shake the water out of it. I do this because raw cabbage can be a little harder to chew. If you decide to blanch the cabbage fill a large pot with water and bring to just under a boil. Fill your sink with cold water. Put a large strainer across top of pot, in the water, and put in 2-3 handfuls of shredded cabbage at a time and count slowly to 15-20. Lift strainer, let most of the water drain, take to your sink and dump into the cold water. When all cabbage has been blanched and cooled, drain sink and any excess water. If you have a salad spinner this would be the time to use it.
  3. An alternative to softening your shredded cabbage is to salt it liberally and submerge in water for 2-3 hours and rinse it. I prefer the above method because for me, it is so fast and easy.
  4. I love the piquancy of the mustard-grated onion-sweetness combination and if you don’t, then by all means adjust accordingly.
  5. I eat at least 7-8 helpings of this a week and have it in the refrigerator almost all the time.
  6. Notice I do not use slaw mix. Slaw mix has carrots in it and for anyone watching their carbs, carrots are little sugar bombs so I steer clear of them.
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Low Carb Blue Cheese Dressing

Blue Cheese DressingBlue Cheese DressingBlue Cheese DressingWho doesn’t love a Classic Low Carb Blue Cheese Dressing?  We eat this on salads, with buffalo wings, and of course dip celery sticks in it. Fabulous with Beef & Blue Cheese Parmesan Bake This recipe is from an old friend’s self-published book entitled Cooking With AnneAnne and I have served many wonderful dinner parties together and I used to make it by the gallon in the restaurant. This recipe is by far the best I have made.  It is absolutely spot on.

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Blue Cheese Dressing
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Ingredients
  1. ½ C Sour Cream
  2. ½ C Mayonnaise
  3. 2 T Lemon Juice
  4. ½ t Salt
  5. ¼ t Garlic Powder
  6. ¼ t Celery Salt
  7. ¼ t Pepper
  8. ¼ t Paprika
  9. 4 oz Good Quality Roquefort Cheese
Directions
  1. Put cheese into a metal bowl and on low heat melt it about halfway. You want to still have chunks.
  2. Mix all other ingredients and when cheese is finished blend in gently.
  3. Refrigerate.
  4. 8 Servings
  5. 175 Calories, 3.5g Protein, 1.2g Carbs, 0g Fiber, 1.2g Net Carbs
Notes
  1. About all I can say is this dressing is the best I have ever made.
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