KETO LOW-CARB COLD PASTA SALAD 2
Keto Low-Carb cold pasta salad is so enjoyable in all seasons with barbecued or roasted proteins like chicken, duck, lamb, beef, or even grilled fish. When following a Keto Low-Carb path, we almost must concede to the fact that pasta — with that al dente nature — is forbidden. But that’s not the case. I’ve tweaked this recipe to provide Keto pasta noodles that are high in healthy fat and low in carbs. These Keto, Low-Carb noodles are thicker and not like wheat pasta, but have their own lovely taste profile. Dense.
WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO LOW-CARB COLD PASTA SALAD ?
This Keto Low-Carb cold pasta salad has lots of taste and flavors taking place. There are two main tastes, the natural Dijon mustard bite and the tanginess (fresh lemon) found in the mustard dressing. Mustard and ham naturally harmonize. This hint of lemon tanginess sings alongside the light saltiness of the sodium-reduced ham. The onion and red pepper add crunchiness. The noodles are dense and chewy and satisfying. So there are lots of tastes and flavors hanging out in this cold pasta salad.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE PER SERVING (BASED ON 4 SERVINGS)?
Zoodles also an option. However, for me, they do not satisfy that al dente craving. Don’t get me wrong, I do like zoodles in summer cold pastas drizzled in a light oil. Refreshing! But not al dente.
WHAT ARE THE KETO LOW-CARB PASTA’S MAIN INGREDIENTS?
The main ingredients in this Keto Low-Carb cold pasta salad are almond flour, xanthan gum, flax meal, and eggs.
HOW ARE THE KETO LOW-CARB PASTA NOODLES PREPARED?
These Keto pasta or noodles are very dense and filling. Make the dough in a bowl and by hand or in a food processor or mixer. (Mixer is easiest.) Place all ingredients in the bowl. Mix well. If making by hand pull the dough together with your hands. Start with 2 ½ cup of almond flour. Add more if needed. Dough should be firm. Transfer to a clean bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
When ready to use, cut the dough in half. Cover half of the dough ball with a wet cloth. Transfer the other half to a large piece of parchment paper. Flatten the ball on the parchment. Using the flat side of a long knife or pastry cutter, shape the ball into a 4” X 4” square. Top the square with another sheet of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, and roll out a square about 8” X 8”. Lift the top parchment paper. Using a long knife or pizza cutter, cut the dough into 1/8th-inch noodles.
When ready to dine, boil the water. Add olive oil to water. Add the noodles. Boil the noodles for 3 minutes. Drain the noodles in a colander and run cool water over them to prevent sticking.
WHAT ARE THE TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST KETO LOW-CARB NOODLES?
- Make sure the sauce or soup is ready to go before you cook the noodles.
- Use more boiling water than you normally would for wheat-based noodles. This ensures the noodles won’t stick together.
- Gently drop the noodles into the water. Using a rubber spatula swirl the water slowly and cook the noodles for 30 seconds. If you cook the noodles for too long they will fall apart.
- Rinse the noodles under cool water, so they don’t stick together.
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB COST PASTA SALAD?
If you are not so strict you may want to include a glass of wine with this Keto Low-Carb Cold Pasta Salad. Summer dining demands a chilled wine. You can go with a white or light, fruity red meant to be chilled for an hour in the refrigerator before serving. The tastes and flavors of this salad requires a wine with decent acidity to offset the bite of Dijon and saltiness of the ham. Examples include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, dry Riesling, Vinho Verde, dry Riesling.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
WHAT KETO LOW-CARB CAN I ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
I’m a huge fan of the Ninja products. In the past, I’ve gone through a counter-top convection oven every couple of years. This Ninja 1800-watt oven is a work horse! It is a must for me to support my Keto diet. Since buying this Ninja I have not turned on my oven in months! Amazing in the summer! No heat in the kitchen from the traditional oven. I use the air-fryer for all our proteins every day. All my air-fried favorites have less bad saturated fat and therefore fewer calories. I cut chicken breasts in half, horizontally, and air-fry them for 20 minutes. You can set the temperature and timer for all sorts of foods and walk away from the kitchen. The machine will shut off automatically at the right time. My proteins are crispy on the outside and super juicy
HOW DO YOU MAKE HOMEMADE KETO LOW-CARB MAYONNAISE?
You can use any mayo you prefer. However, if you want to prepare delicious homemade mayo with no preservative here is a video to show you how to make Keto Low-Carb Mayo: