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Sweet & Salty Keto-Friendly Side Dish Recipes for Labor Day


by Caitlin H,

Aug 29, 2022

Labor Day Keto Sides

Labor Day is right around the corner! That means there’s a solid chance you’ll be invited to a barbecue or two to celebrate the unofficial end of summer.

If you’re on the keto diet or watching your carbs, you’re good to go with the chicken, sausage, shish kabobs or hotdogs sizzling on the grill. But what about the wide array of sweet and salty side dishes spread out across the table to go along with them? Just because you’re keto-ing it up doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get to enjoy a tasty something to go along with your main dish!

Let’s balance things out with some sweet and salty, delicious, keto-friendly recipes. You can whip these up yourself and take them to your next summer get-together.



Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad
Serves: 20
Total Carbs: 4g

Potato salad is a classic salty and savory dish at a summer barbecue. Swap out the starch-filled potatoes with cauliflower and top with hard-boiled eggs and paprika for a scrumptious substitute. No one will be able to tell the difference!

Recipe courtesy Culinary Lion


Jalepeño Poppers
Serves: 8
Total Carbs: 1g

It’s tough to go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon, and that’s exactly what this recipe calls for. Scraping out the seeds alleviates the heaviest of the spiciness. And filling it with cream cheese and wrapping it in bacon makes for an incredible taste that will have everyone coming back for more.

Recipe courtesy That Low Carb Life


Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
Serves: 6
Total Carbs: 4g

French fries are among the classic side dishes that pair nicely with barbecue mains like burgers and hot dogs. That’s what makes these baked zucchini fries just the thing to bring. They are incredibly easy to make, cheesy and so, so satisfying.

Recipe courtesy Low Carb Spark


BBQ Roasted Almonds
Serves: 8
Total Carbs: 9g

Any keto kid knows that almonds are a true staple of the diet. A handful makes for a perfect, crunchy snack, and many keto recipes use them as a star ingredient. Add a pop of flavor with this recipe, which leverages a creative combination of spices to create that smoky, barbecue flavor. (Note: You’ll have to soak the almonds overnight, so be sure to plan this one in advance!)

Recipe courtesy Keto Diet App


Mediterranean Deviled Eggs
Serves: 24
Total Carbs:

Don’t let the grayish color throw you off. These keto-diet friendly deviled eggs are nothing short of brilliant. They combine Mediterranean flavors like tomatoes, basil and olives with classic deviled egg ingredients like mayo and mustard for a unique flavor that will leave your taste buds thrilled and your tummy full!

Recipe courtesy I Breathe I’m Hungry



Eton Mess
Serves: 4
Total Carbs: 8g

This recipe from Australian blogger Have Butter will Travel packs a fresh, summery taste and is similar to meringue (without the excess sugar). You don’t need an oven to make it, and it’s ready in just 15 minutes. Your friends and family will love it!

Recipe courtesy Have Butter will Travel


Lemon Fat Bombs
Serves: 16
Total Carbs: 0.5g

Five simple ingredients and 15 minutes is all it takes to create these scrumptious little bites of cheesecake-flavored heaven. The lemony flavor gives them a little something extra. Plus, you can make them ahead of time to create the perfect sweet summer barbecue finger food!

Recipe courtesy Savory Tooth


Raspberry Vanilla Muffins

Serves: 6
Total Carbs: 6g

Muffins may not seem like an obvious dessert to bring to a barbecue, but these particular morsels (and their fun, bright color) are too good not to set out for everyone to enjoy. They’re topped with vanilla raspberry frosting, making for an excellent substitute for cake. Trust us. They’ll all be gone within a few minutes of setting them out!

Recipe courtesy Low Carb Spark


Raspberry Pie Bars
Serves: 9
Total Carbs: 9g

Raspberries are among the more keto-friendly fruits, and they steal the show as the primary flavor of these pie bars. The simple almond crust is eggless, and the fresh-tasting filling gives it a light, summer-like taste that all the barbecue guests will appreciate.

Recipe courtesy Keto Connect


Brownie Cheesecake
Serves: 10
Total Carbs: 6g

We couldn’t forget the chocolate lovers out there! Brownies meet cheesecake with this truly delectable recipe that combines fudgy brownies and sugar-free cheesecake for a sweet dream that is just the thing for finishing off your meal.

Recipe courtesy All Day I Dream About Food

Try one of these incredible recipes at your next Labor Day get-together — or any summer barbecue — for unique keto- and low-carb-friendly dishes everyone will love!




Author: Caitlin H
Diet-to-Go Community Manager

Caitlin is the Diet-to-Go community manager and an avid runner. She is passionate about engaging with others online and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. She believes moderation is key, and people will have the most weight loss success if they engage in common-sense healthy eating and fitness.


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