Keto Citrus Avocado Slaw

Keto Citrus Avocado Slaw

Does anybody else have the warm-weather bug right now? Summer is in the air, and I am itching for it big time! We had our first few days of spring temps this week, and my food cravings immediately shifted. Gone are the days of soups, stews, and stir-frys to warm me. Hello, salads, slaws, and grilling!

So, I went through my mental Rolodex of summer recipes and got busy in the kitchen. First up, my absolute favorite summer side dish, this Citrus Avocado Slaw. (Let’s not talk about the fact that while I was whipping up this slaw, it was cold and snowy.) I created the slaw many years ago, and it’s been a staple ever since. This time around, I realized I had made some tweaks over the years to perfect it and never shared the changes. And, I’d never shared this incredible easy low-carb recipe with my keto friends. Time to change that!

This Citrus Avocado Slaw is excellent for so many reasons. It’s the perfect side dish to make for friends and family, even if they’re not keto or paleo. They will never know! Not only can it be a side dish, but you can also use it as a topping for tacos, fajitas, salads, veggie bowls, you name it. And, it makes for great leftovers the next day. (Eat it within a few days to avoid a brown avocado mess.) Plus, it’s so easy and quick to whip up for a last-minute dinner idea.

As many of you know from my chats with you on the Keto For Women Show, I’m not a fan of sugar-free sweeteners like erythritol, xylitol, even stevia. I think these products are WAY over-used in the keto community without any of us knowing the long-term side effects.

Because of this, I much prefer using small amounts of natural sweetness that comes from real food. This Citrus Avocado Slaw is the perfect example of this. Using a little bit of juice from fresh citrus fruits gives you fantastic flavor with just a touch of sweetness, while still also providing critical nutrients that processed sweeteners don’t have.

I say this because I’m seeing a lot of people following a keto diet who are afraid of fruit. They would see this recipe and never make it because it calls for an orange. For the vast majority of those following a keto diet, this small carbohydrate amount won’t have any impact on their blood sugar. But, the nutrients provided will be of enormous benefit to increase their health status.

Alright, time for you to feel the summer vibes with this slaw!

Citrus Avocado Slaw

Your new favorite summer side dish!
Total Time15 mins
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Keto, Low Carb, Low Sugar, Paleo

Ingredients

Slaw:

  • 1/2 small head green cabbage
  • 1/2 small head purple cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded carrot (about 2 large carrots)
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 small zucchini)

Dressing:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder

Instructions

  • Finely chop cabbage and place in a large bowl. 
  • Shred carrots and zucchini and add to bowl. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine pitted and peeled avocado, juice of the orange, juice of the lemon, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, water, ginger powder, and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. 
  • Use an immersion blender and blend until smooth and creamy. (You can also use a regular blender!) 
  • Add dressing to vegetable mixture and toss until evenly coated. 
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes

May be served immediately or can be refrigerated up to 2 hours before serving. In a time crunch? Sub the shredded zucchini and carrot for a bag of broccoli slaw!
 
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Keto Hummus Recipe

Keto Hummus Recipe

I’m dreaming of laying poolside with a blazing sun right now for two reasons.

Reason #1:  It has been way below zero here in Boulder, CO for 5 days straight now.  I really don’t terribly mind cold weather.  It’s a chance to find your thickest scarves, heaviest blankets and get cozy!  The only times I will complain is when I have to drive somewhere far and the roads are horrible or when I shovel the driveway and 20 minutes later you would never know it.

Reason #2:  Hummus and pita chips used to be a staple in my summer pool-side snack bag.  It’s been several summers since I’ve had traditional hummus and I was starting to think I would never have hummus again.  I finally decided to try a cauliflower-based hummus recipe because I just couldn’t go another day without something to dip my veggies in.  I attempted several different versions but couldn’t see to get it right.

And then, it worked!  The perfect combo of flavors that brought me right back to pool-side snacks with friends…here in the below zero temps!  I took it to a get-together that night and the bowl was gone within minutes.  Definitely a sign that the recipe works.  Try it and let me know what you think!

Keto Cauli-Hummus

A creamy nut-free, soy-free hummus that tastes just like the real thing! Have it as a midday snack or take as an appetizer to your next gathering!
Total Time15 mins
Author: Shawn Mynar

Ingredients

  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar or fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground red pepper more or less to taste depending on spice tolerance

Instructions

  • Steam cauliflower florets by placing them in a steamer over boiling water for about 10 minutes.
  • Once cauliflower is tender, combine all ingredients in food processor or high-powered blender.
  • Blend or process until smooth.

Notes

Serve with veggies for dipping or as a topping to burgers and chicken!