Simply Fresh Keto Kale Salad Recipe

Macroshot of kale

Trying out the Keto diet? Or maybe just trying to be a little more conscious of your carbs? 

Dark leafy greens are not only highly alkalizing (and therefore ideal for promoting a healthy internal pH), they are the most nutrient-dense type of vegetable. They also fall on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to carbohydrates- perfect for keto!

Leafy Greens & Keto

Each leafy green vegetable has its own unique nutrient profile, so the greater the diversity of greens you get into your diet, the better!

Although I call this a kale salad (because kale is life), this recipe uses equal parts spinach. You can also use other low-carb leafy greens like collard greens and/or Swiss chard. Experiment and tweak this recipe however you prefer. I’m just weirdly obsessed with kale, so naturally, I made it the star of this recipe. 

Bear in mind, you don't need to be on a ketogenic diet to enjoy this recipe! 

Simple Keto Kale Salad


NET CARBS: 9.5 g


TOTAL FAT:  25.2 g

PROTEIN: 7.4 g


  • 1 cup kale (5.4 g net carbs)
  • 1 cup spinach (0.4 net carbs)
  • Fresh juice of ½ a lemon (1.7 g net carbs)
  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (0 g net carbs)
  • 1/2 cup avocado (2 g net carbs)
  • Sea salt to taste (0 g net carbs)
  • Optional: Flavor with fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, or basil (they’re carb-free!) 



Put all ingredients in a large bowl and massage your mix until it softens up, sweetens up, and turns bright green.

Room in your day for a few more carbs? Here are a few additional keto-friendly topping suggestions for your keto kale salad: 

  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds (1.2 g net carbs)
  • 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds (1.4 g net carbs)
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds (1.8 g net carbs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber (1.9 net carbs)
  • 1/2 cup chopped bell peppers (2-3 net carbs depending on the color of pepper)

Bio image of article author Lisa Testa, M.S.

With over two decades of expertise in the field of Health & Wellness, Lisa Testa, M.S. is an experienced nutritionist who has dedicated her career to empowering hundreds of clients on their journeys to weight loss and natural healing through the transformative power of raw food nutrition.

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