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KETO LAZY THAI SALAD OF GREENS

KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS

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I’ve been on a kick for preparing this Keto Thai Salad of Greens as our main course dinner, including protein on the side or in the salad itself.  I have been inspired by the flexitarian movement.  The idea is to maintain a plant-based diet and to get most of your protein from plants.  However, you can incorporate flesh proteins into your diet as you see fit.  There are no rules as to how much flesh protein you eat.  Some enjoy flesh proteins once a year, while others choose once a week, or even once a day.  The amount and nature of the flesh protein you consume are subjective.   However, the idea is to move toward eating a mostly plant-based diet in time.  

Sometimes I incorporate plenty of seeds and nuts into this salad and forgo flesh protein altogether.  Other times, I add cooked chicken or tuna salad on the side.  But the salad always takes center stage.  

I love the salad dressing because it has a smidgen of fat from the sesame oil.  So it’s almost fat-free!  The dressing is also refreshing and super healthy.

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS? 

The dressing for this Keto Thai Salad of Greens includes fresh lime juice and fresh ginger.  These ingredients offer valuable nutrition.  The juice from fresh limes can boost your immunity, help to reduce heart disease risk, help prevent kidney stones, helping to aid iron absorption, and help to improve your skin.  Lime juice is high in vitamin C, proving about 20% of your daily recommended need, also contributing toward boosting your immune system.

Fresh ginger also contributes to valuable nutrition.  Fresh ginger offers anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. 

The combination of fresh lime juice, fresh ginger, and fresh garlic contributes toward boosting a healthy immune system.

The salad itself contains carrots (optional), avocado, and mixed greens.

Carrots:

Carrots are considered Keto non-compliant. And for good reason. Carrots are high in sugar. But they are super healthy. And if you’re maintaining a Keto lifestyle (Keto Lazy), it’s okay to incorporate carrots into your diet once in a while. Carrots are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin A, and certain B vitamins, Add to this, they’re relatively low in calories, with 1 cup (128 grams) of raw carrots delivering just 52 calories. Classically, carrots are not Keto compliant. However, you can eat them occasionally and in small amounts, as they are higher in carbs. The carrots can also be substituted with another vegetable, such as cauliflower.

 

Salad greens:

Salad greens contain vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, folate, fiber, and phytonutrients. Leafy vegetables are an excellent choice for a healthful diet because they do not contain cholesterol and are naturally low in calories and sodium.

 

Avocado:

Avocado offers 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fiber. On average avocado only has about 2 net carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.  Avocados do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and are low in saturated fat.

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS? 

The dressing for this Keto Thai Salad of Greens takes over.  The predominant taste sensations are tanginess (lime juice), saltiness (Coconut Aminos), and spiciness (from the chili).  The date paste does not occur as sweetness here because its job is to soften the acidity from the limes.  The dressing is still quite tangy. 

WHAT NON-ALC WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS? 

This Keto Thai Salad of Greens displays the predominant taste sensations of tanginess, saltiness, and spiciness.  This means you need a non alcoholic wine with good acidity and some sweetness to match.  Normally this dish would demand a white non-alc wine with sweetness. But in following a Keto diet or in living a low-carb lifestyle, we don’t want to use up carbs on a glass of wine with carbs, especially when we can enjoy low sugar, low carb non alcoholic wine!  So, you have a couple of options. Drink whatever wine you like (as long as it’s bone dry) and don’t worry about pairing the non-alc wine to salad. Enjoy your non-alc wine the way you like it. If you like to create harmony between the wine and the food, you’ll need some sweetness in the wine to offset the heat and spice.  Add a pinch of monk fruit sweetener to your glass.  Choose non alcoholic whites like Riesling or Gewurztraminer or a pink rose. These varieties taste great when bone dry or sweet.  So they will take well to the added sweetener.  The non-alc wine’s sweetness will nicely offset the heat and spice.

Zero Alcohol Wine Tips:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Additionally, alcohol does not align with a keto diet or low-carb lifestyle. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress

WHAT OTHER KETO LAZY RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

KETO LAZY BIG MAC SALAD

Sunflower Seed Risotto

Big Mac Salad

Keto Lazy Fresh Pasta Salmon

Apple Butter Ribs

One Pot Pasta

Chicken Pad Thai

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

Equipment Needed:

HOW DO YOU PREPARE KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS?

To prepare this Keto Thai Salad of Greens, cut all vegetables and set them in a bowl. Keep separated for freshness until time to eat. Prepare ingredients for salad dressing. Refrigerate until needed. In a dry fry pan toast cashews on low heat, tossing frequently.  Remove from heat.  Set in a bowl and let cool. Serve as 4 side salads or 2 entrée dishes.

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KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS

KETO THAI SALAD OF GREENS


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Discover this delicious Keto Thai Salad of Greens recipe. Packed with plant-based protein. Perfect with a delish non alcoholic wine.


Ingredients

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Salad Ingredients:

10 ounces of mixed greens

3 small carrots, shaved

1/2 red pepper, julienned

1 ripe avocado, sliced last minute

Dressing:

1/4 cup Coconut Aminos

1/4 cup favorite sweetener

1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili flakes (depending on your love of heat!)

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint (optional)

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh Thai basil (optional)

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Topping: 

1/2 cup toasted cashew pieces


Instructions

  • Place all salad ingredients in a bowl.  Keep them separated until ready to eat.  Refrigerate until needed.
  • To make dressing place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together or use a Magic Bullet and puree until smooth.  Refrigerate dressing until needed. In a dry fry pan toast cashews until golden.  Remove from heat.  Let cool. 
  • Toss all salad ingredients together with the dressing. Garnish with toasted cashews. Serve.

Notes

  • The recipe is based on the keto version and is approximate only.  One serving has 12 grams of net carbs.
  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot now what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.  Net carbs are the total carbs minus the fiber.)
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Category: KETO LAZY
  • Method: MIXING
  • Cuisine: LUNCH, BRUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 300
  • Sugar: 8
  • Sodium: 450
  • Fat: 20
  • Saturated Fat: 3
  • Unsaturated Fat: 15
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 20
  • Fiber: 8
  • Protein: 8
  • Cholesterol: 0

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