Jalapeno Popper Salad

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Jalapeño popper salad is a fresh and creamy salad that tastes like jalapeño poppers! This keto salad recipe is easy to make and a perfect dish to bring to your next summer BBQ or potluck. Just make sure to bring enough servings because this recipe is always a crowd favorite.

Jalapeño Popper Salad Ingredients

  • 1/4 red onion, peeled
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup diced tomato
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Jalapeno Popper Salad Directions

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Keto Jalapeño Popper Salad Recipe

a big bowl of jalapeno salad topped with pickled jalapenos and tomatoes

This jalapeño popper salad has all of the components of a jalapeño popper, but it is put into salad form for a healthy twist. To get that iconic spicy, peppery flavor of a jalapeno popper, this recipe calls for roasting an onion and jalapeño on the grill before dicing and adding it to the salad. Once the vegetables are done roasting, you add lettuce, cheese, bacon, tomato, and a spicy, creamy dressing to the bowl for a perfect jalapeño popper salad. This keto salad is a fun and refreshing change from traditional salads, and its unique taste makes it a great hit at gatherings. Both kids and adults enjoy this salad, making it the perfect easy keto salad for dinner. To make it a complete meal, just add chicken!

a big bowl of salad with jalapenos, cheese and tomatoes

Are Jalapeños Keto?

Yes! Jalapeños are keto. There are only 0.9 grams of total carbs in one regular-sized jalapeño, and there are 0.5 grams of net carbs. So fresh jalapeños are a great vegetable to include in your keto diet as they yield flavor and spice without a whole lotta carbs.

Cheesy Salad Dressing

The dressing for this jalapeno popper salad includes sour cream, mayo, cream cheese, smoked paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and pepper. These ingredients combine to make a creamy, smoky flavor for the salad, which significantly contrasts the spicy jalapenos. This salad dressing is a rich and flavorful addition to an otherwise light salad.

a bowl of keto salad next to tomatoes, parsley and cheese

Meal Prep Tips & Storage

Jalapeno popper salad is a great recipe for meal prep, especially if you plan to take it to a family gathering. You can meal prep this recipe by making the dressing ahead of time or even grilling the onion and jalapeno first. You can even dice them and store them in the refrigerator until they are ready to be used. It is recommended that you eat the keto salad within a few hours of tossing the dressing into it so that the lettuce does not wilt.

If you are looking for an easy keto dinner, try adding shredded chicken to this salad to make a chicken salad. This will make the perfect summertime chicken dinner that doesn’t involve your oven!

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