Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Salad with Crunchy Cumin-Spiced Pecans


Kyndra Holley has expanded her low carb world to include non-dairy dieters with her latest cookbook, Dairy-Free Keto Cooking. This big collection covers nutrition, keto tips, and meal planning, and of course, it has a plethora of recipes. Kyndra was kind enough to share this dairy-free keto Caesar salad as a sample for you to enjoy. It includes her easy Caesar Dressing Recipe.

Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Salad Recipe with Homemade Crunchy Cumin-Spiced Pecans and Creamy Caesar Dressing. Gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, sugar-free.

Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Salad with Crunchy Cumin-Spiced Pecans

Kyndra is a Caesar salad fanatic, so this recipe was pretty much a must in Dairy-Free Keto Cooking.

Dairy-Free Keto Cooking Cookbook!I seriously love Caesar salad. In fact, I almost always have one when we dine out. Minus the croutons, they are typically keto-friendly no matter where you order them.

Often I order a large Caesar salad as my entree and add blackened salmon or chicken. There is something so craveworthy about crunchy romaine tossed with a really garlicky Caesar dressing. In my world, there is no such thing as too much garlic. Or too much Caesar salad, for that matter.

She sometimes tops her Keto Dairy-Free Caesar salad with grain-free Garlic and Herb Croutons (another recipe on page 362 in Dairy-Free Keto Cooking). But these crisp spiced pecans are a staple. The recipe makes more than you need for four salads, but that isn’t a bad thing.

Although these roasted nuts make the perfect keto-friendly snack, my favorite way to enjoy them is on top of a salad. They add a great crunch and a boost of flavor.

Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Salad Recipe with Homemade Crunchy Cumin-Spiced Pecans and Creamy Caesar Dressing. Gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, sugar-free.

Special Diet Notes: Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Salad

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, paleo-friendly, and keto compliant.

Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Salad with Cumin-Spiced Pecans
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This recipe is reprinted with permissions from Dairy-Free Keto Cooking by Kyndra D. Holley.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings + 3½ cups pecans
Cumin-Spiced Pecans
  • 2 tablespoons powdered erythritol
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 10 ounces raw pecan halves
Dairy-Free Caesar Salad
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ¼ cup Keto Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
  • ¼ cup halved Kalamata olives
  • ½ cup Cumin-Spiced Pecans
Cumin-Spiced Pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Put the erythritol, salt, and spices in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Whisk in the avocado oil until the mixture is smooth and there are no clumps of seasoning.
  4. Add the pecans to the bowl and toss until all the nuts are evenly coated.
  5. Spread the pecans in a single layer across the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the nuts are toasted.
Dairy-Free Caesar Salad
  1. Put the lettuce and dressing in a large serving bowl and toss to coat the lettuce with the dressing. Top with the bacon, olives, and pecans.
Leftover Cumin-Spiced Pecans: The full batch makes 4 cups. The leftovers are great for snacking and have 147 calories, 15.4g fat, 1.7g protein, 2.6g total carbs, 1.8g fiber, .9g net carbs, and 1.5g erythritol per ¼ cup serving.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 285 Fat: 26.4g Carbohydrates: 7.5g (2.9g net carbs) Sugar: 0g (1g erythritol) Fiber: 4.7g Protein: 7.6g

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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