Primal Kitchen founder Mark Sisson always says that it’s the sauces, dressings, and condiments that keep things exciting when following a keto diet. Instead of underlining what you have to give up when following the Keto Reset Diet—such as processed foods, industrial seed oils, grains, starches, added sugars—think about all of the inventive recipes you can make instead with high-quality ingredients and real foods. If you’ve purchased a Primal Kitchen Advanced Keto Kit, or are considering buying one, check out all of the scrumptious culinary keto creations you can make with:
- Mayo with Avocado Oil
- Chipotle Lime Mayo with Avocado Oil
- Greek Vinaigrette & Marinade
- Ranch Dressing
- Caesar Dressing
- Green Goddess Dressing
- Balsamic Vinaigrette & Marinade
- Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
Chipotle Lime Mayo
An elegant New England cocktail party bite or an oil-slicked, puck-shaped snack washed down with beer at a seaside seafood shack, crab cakes aren’t often on the keto menu. Our low-carb, breadcrumb-free version uses salmon, but you can sub jumbo lump crab meat in this recipe as well. Whatever seafood you choose, Chipotle Lime Mayo pairs perfectly as a keto-friendly sauce.
This spicy southwest take on chicken salad is everything you love about the original—generous chunks of roasted chicken, snappy and refreshing celery bits, and a creamy, mayo-rich sauce to bind everything together—but adds the piquant, smokey-spicy flavor of chipotle pepper and tart zip of fresh lime. Serve in lettuce cups or atop of a tumble of mixed greens.
Mayo with Avocado Oil
These five-ingredient tuna salad boats make a quick, easy lunch, snack or light dinner that you can make from pantry items or whatever you have on hand. As long as you have the three staples of this recipe: tuna, lettuce, and mayo made with avocado oil, you can add or subtract any other ingredients as you wish. Add in slivered almonds or walnuts for added crunch, swap out the bell peppers and tomatoes for diced jicama and green onion, top with sliced avocado… the options are vast.
If you’re a keto-vegetarian or someone who can’t tolerate much or any dairy, finding crave-worthy keto recipes can feel akin to banging your head against a wall. These buffalo cauliflower bites borrow similar flavors from buffalo chicken wings paired with a creamy, cheesy dipping sauce. Simply coat with cauliflower florets with the spicy sauce and roast in the oven until caramelized with bronzed edges.
Greek Vinaigrette & Marinade
Salty, briny, savory, herby, with pops of sweet from vine-ripened tomatoes and the snap of crisp cucumbers and romaine lettuce, greek salad is a classic contrast of flavors and textures. This version replaces the romaine with kale to provide more nutrition and a light bitter taste, and adds avocado for a creamy counterpoint.
More proof that a Big Ass Salad can and should be the exciting main event of a meal. Packed with antibiotic- and hormone-free pepperoni and two types of salami, this antipasto salad will make you a believer. Pepperoncinis, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and olives top a bed of clean, refreshing romaine; sprinkle on some Italian cheese and top with Greek Vinaigrette, and it’s chow time.
You may end up fighting with the kids to get a few bites of this one (so make extras). Similar to the loaded potato skins you can still find on the happy hour menu at some chain restaurants, our version uses zucchini as the base and doesn’t hold back on the layered toppings: smoky, salty bacon; sharp, melted cheddar, a mellow sweet note provided by diced tomatoes; and creamy ranch punctuated with herbs and garlic.
This low-carb take on mashed potatoes uses cooked and pureed cauliflower in place of potatoes, but keeps all of the fat-filled flavor we all know and love in the carb-heavy version. We add ghee, avocado oil, and ranch dressing to ours. Trust us: We won’t be going back to regular mashed potatoes anytime soon, and we doubt you will either.
A salad doesn’t get simpler than this: chopped romaine, sliced cherry tomatoes, cooked chicken strips, several cracks of fresh black pepper, and as much caesar dressing as your heart desires.
You’re a little over 20 minutes from “pasta” heaven… only without the bloat from regular packaged pasta. Our good friend Paleo Bailey’s simple chicken and bacon pasta uses Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing as the creamy sauce that hugs the thin strands of spaghetti squash. Topped with crisp bites of bacon, chicken cooked in bacon fat, and a pop of garden-fresh green onion, this dish is comfort food for any time of year.
Green Goddess Dressing
While there’s no shame in buying an organic rotisserie chicken from the store to simplify meal prep or make dinner easy on grocery shopping night, roasting your own chicken at home when you have a little more time is worth the investment. Not only will you fill your kitchen with the homey, comforting smells of fat-slicked crisping chicken skin and the roasting, tender meat underneath, but you’ll also benefit from having the leftover carcass for making bone broth later.
Bursting with antioxidant-rich veggies, omega-3-rich salmon, a rainbow of appetizing colors, and topped with creamy dressing punctuated with the unique flavor of tarragon, chives and garlic, this bowl is ideal nourishment post-workout. If you’re strict keto, you can leave off the golden beets, but we think a couple of slices of these sunshiny superfoods are worth a few extra carbs.
Balsamic Vinaigrette & Marinade
Chicken and rice is a classic, easy dinner dish that’s kid-friendly and super easy to switch up anytime you want more adventurous flavor. In this Mediterranean version of chicken and rice, we use two Primal Kitchen vinaigrettes and marinades to add herby, slightly sweet flavor to the chicken, and cook the chicken with rich, clean-tasting avocado oil. We keep the carbs low by subbing cauliflower rice instead of regular rice, and you can reduce even more by omitting the sun-dried tomatoes and sliced fresh tomatoes.
This supper is about as simple as it gets—all that’s required is chopping some veggies and sausage, giving them a decent shower in Balsamic Vinaigrette, skewering them, and grilling or roasting them in the oven. Use any sugar-free, additive-free sausage you’d like, and you can switch up the veggies you use as well. We love the classic taste of sausage and peppers, but If you want an even lower-carb version, use mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli or even Brussels sprouts (all are even more delicious when charred or caramelized in the oven).
Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
If you’ve longed for avocado toast since going keto, this keto-friendly pizza might help you squash that craving. We started with a low-carb cauliflower crust base then topped it with not one but two types of avocado—guac and sliced avocado. We added extra flavor, protein, and fat with a hard-boiled egg and a generous drizzle of Extra Virgin Avocado Oil. Sliced watermelon radishes add crunchy contrast and a vibrant pop of pink.
This is a weekend or special holiday recipe for when you have a little more time, but the result is well worth the investment. We’ll teach you how to use a sous vide to cook a moist, tender leg of lamb that’s topped with a rich, minty, garlicy, nutty, gorgeously green pistachio pesto. Serve this alongside roasted cauliflower or sauteed green beans instead of potatoes for a keto dinner.
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