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In the heat of summer, a low carb broccoli salad is on regular rotation at our house. I think we all look for ways to avoid cooking when it gets so hot. Salads become a go-to staple, because you can throw them together quickly and avoid turning on the oven.
What’s even better than a salad that you can throw together quickly? One that you can throw together in advance. Obviously.
Low carb broccoli salad is a great choice to make ahead. Without leafy greens to wilt or turn slimy, it easily keeps in the fridge for a week – or maybe even longer, but it never lasts that long at our house.
In fact, refrigerating actually brings out the flavors in this one. That means it’s at least as delicious, if not more so, a few days later. Just wait until right before serving to add the avocado.
What else is awesome about this low carb broccoli salad? It’s incredibly savory!
Don’t get me wrong – light salads filled with greens definitely have their place. But when you want something more substantial, this low carb broccoli salad is your answer. It has just the right amount of richness.
Bacon, cheddar cheese, and avocado provide nourishing protein and satiating fat in a wide variety of savory flavors. Being well-liked foods for many, they are the perfect combination to make a crowd pleaser. Red onion adds the perfect subtly sweet crunch.
If you prefer to make this easy broccoli salad dairy-free and/or paleo, that’s easy enough to do. You can use shredded carrots instead of the cheddar cheese. The carb count will be a little higher, but still low carb overall. I love it both ways!
For events and week night dinner alike, I adore making this low carb broccoli salad. The sheer convenience and how quickly it comes together is just perfect for that. It actually works quite well any time of year.
If you’re looking for another broccoli salad recipe, try this healthy broccoli salad from Bless Her Heart Y’all. (To reduce the carbs, you can replace the sugar with a sugar-free sweetener and use dried cranberries with no sugar added.)
Since we’re smack in the middle of summer right now, I might as well mention that it’s wonderful to take a long in the cooler for a barbecue. That doesn’t mean you’ll love it any less when the holidays roll around, though. I don’t think any of us are short on situations when an easy, make-ahead salad is convenient to have around. Best of all, everyone seems to love it.
Low Carb Broccoli Salad with Bacon & Avocado (Gluten-free):
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Want more low carb, gluten-free ideas for bacon? Try these: