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Black Olive Zucchini Salad Keto Recipe

As a kid, I used to put black olives on each of my fingers…and thumbs…and walk around with my very creative snack. I wouldn’t touch zucchini, though. Today, I’ve grown more sophisticated, but not much! Before I share the ingredients, take joy in the fact that you can mix and match any low-carb veggies you like. You can leave out anything that makes your inner child wrinkle your nose and pout! That is the beauty of creative cooking…and being an adult! First things first…

Black Olive Zucchini Salad with Feta Cheese
Black Olive Zucchini Salad with Feta Cheese

What Makes This Keto

1. The Healthy Oils: dump the old oils that are inflammatory (corn, canola, vegetable, soybean), and bring in the healthy keto friendly oils (olive, coconut, avocado, grade-fed butter, ghee, nitrate-free bacon fat).

2. More Healthy Fats: feta cheese, black olives

3. Low-Carb Veggies: onions and peppers do have some natural sugars, and you’ll see people avoiding them, but for me, there is no substitute for the flavor of onions. Just don’t eat 6 of them a day!

4. The Salt: Himalayan Pink salt has micronutrients that table salt does not. And to avoid the Keto Flu, which is a loss of electrolytes (potassium, magnesium, salt), YOU NEED SALT. Especially if you’re doing clean keto, which means ingredients count. Dirty keto means people are concerned only with carb count.

Black Olive Salad Recipe

Cut, shake and stir the following:

5 celery stalks, I can pitted olives, as much or little feta cheese as you like, about 1/4 cup (omit this ingredient to make dairy-free), 1 small red onion, 1 green zucchini, 1/2 green pepper, 1 T fresh cilantro, 1 T balsamic vinegar, 2 T olive oil, 1 T dried chives, salt, pepper, onion powder. That’s it. Chill for a bit so the seasonings get al snug with your veggies, then show your fancy grown-up self at a party with an exquisite chopped salad that took you 10 minutes to make!

If you’re new to Keto, you might skip about the blog. I keep things simple ’round here, from recipes to explanations. Here are other posts you. May find helpful as. You start or continue rocking your keto journey!

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Keto Ice Cream in 90 Seconds!

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Keto Salad Dressing

Homemade keto salad dressing
Homemade keto salad dressing

Many store-bought salad dressings are made with canola oil or soybean oil, so even though you can find plenty that are low carb, finding one that uses Keto friendly oils is trickier. I don’t bother looking anymore. With olive oil and vinegar always in the pantry, I can make my own keto salad dressing in a couple minutes.

The simplest and fastest homemade keto salad dressing is two parts oil to one part vinegar. This is where you can put that apple cider vinegar to use. Or MCT oil to get in your healthy fats. Balsamic vinegar has a lovely flavor. Fresh ground pepper. Himalayan pink salt. And you’re done. Or you can go nuts with herbs or add-ins such as thinly sliced red onion (makes it slightly sweet). Dried Italian seasoning. Fresh cilantro or parsley. Feta cheese. Dill. Fresh grated parmesan. Stevia if you are transitioning from carb-loaded sweet dressings like french or poppyseed or honey mustard.

For the salad pictured here, I used my blender to dice raw cauliflower, the same as if I were making cauliflower rice. Grape tomatoes are delicious and sweet. Red onion. Feta. Black olives. Spinach.

A nice addition to the salad would be keto avocado toast or crunchy keto crackers you can prep in one minute. It was astonishing how wonderful pure, unprocessed food can taste. Once you eat clean for awhile, your tastes will change and you will crave the goodness of just a tomato. Or just a spinach leaf. An olive. And your body and brain will thank you with higher functioning fuel that comes from burning stored fat as energy…ketosis!

If you’re new to keto, please poke around the blog. I am pretty much a newbie, so I cook simply and explain the basics so as not to overwhelm. I am THRILLED with how much better I feel on keto: so much energy, reduced depression, drastically reduced body aches and pains, and a slightly smaller butt.

Click the following links for some basics:

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Ketogenic Sirloin Steak

Steak on a keto diet? Works for me! It’s perfect for a ton of veggies just waiting to soak up that savory flavor. I have been using a soy sauce alternative, Liquid Aminos, but may switch to coconut aminos because of the soy in the first product. Still much healthier and lower in carbs than your standard soy sauce, but cooking ketogenic meals is a journey! I learn as I go. No keto police patrolling here!


I sometimes cook a large portion to have for the week. Cooking ahead is critical for me, to reduce the nibbling I do while trying to come up with dinner. Planning relieves stress. It allows for better, healthier choice making.

Ingredients: flank steak, avocado oil, garlic, liquid aminos, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, sesame seeds, nuts of your choice (I used a mix of walnuts, pecans, pine nuts and almonds), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.

  1. In pan, heat 2T avocado oil and 1t minced garlic. Add all chopped veggies (about 1 cup) except spinach and saute over medium heat till tender.
  2. Add 10 ounces of thinly sliced steak, 1 tablespoon liquid aminos, and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Cook til desired temperature. I prefer medium.
  3. Stir in nuts and sesame seeds.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in chopped spinach.

Veggies vary in how long it takes to get them just right. I sometimes like to use big chunky cauliflower to complement the solid beef bites. So I steam it a little first. If you have a bit more time, you can cook the fatty bits of the sirloin in garlic, liquid aminos, avocado oil, and then set aside to let the juices run and use to saute veggies. The balsamic vinegar makes this dish!

I add spinach to so many things because of the potassium. Replacing lost electrolytes as your body adjusts to burning ketones for fuel can help you avoid the keto flu. So salt, potassium and magnesium you should be good to go! This is a filling, hearty meal that would be ideal before any intermittent fasting you may do. Eat the fat! Be well!

If you are new to Keto, check out this post on stocking a keto kitchen.

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