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Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

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Just like my previous recipe, I was planning to post this salad for more than a year. Roasted strawberries, balsamic vinegar and goat cheese are amazing flavours to combine. I also added some bee pollen which gives it a fabulous honey taste!

Here is why I like bee pollen:

  • It's a super-food high in protein (30-40%), B, C, D and E vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium
  •  Studies show that it lessens the negative effects of chemotherapy and it's great for boosting immunity.
  • May help with allergies. However, if you have pollen allergies, you have to be careful, as bee pollen may cause severe allergic reactions. It is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

"Research reported by Dr. Airola has found that bee pollen is good for prostate difficulties, hemorrhoids, asthma, allergies, digestive disorders, curing intestinal putrefaction, chronic bronchitis, multiple sclerosis, gastric ulcers, arthritis, and hay fever, and possesses anti-aging properties. According to Dr. Alain Caillais, in Le Pollen, 35 grams of bee pollen per day would satisfy the total nutritional needs of the average person." (PDF)

Low-carb and paleo diets are already high in nutrients so you won't need to consume the 35 grams of bee pollen as recommended above. Also, bee pollen contains too many carbs for those following a keto diet, so you should use it sparingly. 1 teaspoon / 9 g / 0.3 oz contains 3.8 g net carbs. Make sure you use high quality organic bee pollen free of chemicals.

Tips and Substitutions

I used homemade pork rinds from pork skin I get from my local farmer. When I don't have any left, I sometimes get pork rinds from here. These must be the only pork rinds made with pure pork skins (no additives) here in the UK.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 salad

Allergy information for Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 salad)

Net carbs7.4 grams
Protein28.1 grams
Fat57.1 grams
Calories679 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 17%, fat 79%
Total carbs12.1 gramsFiber4.7 gramsSugars6.4 gramsSaturated fat19.5 gramsSodium334 mg(15% RDA)Magnesium73 mg(18% RDA)Potassium511 mg(26% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

  • 1 cup strawberries, ideally fresh but frozen work too when thawed (144 g/ 5.1 oz)
  • 2-3 packages goat's cheese rounds (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pork rinds, powdered (25 g/ 0.9 oz) - you can make your own
  • 1/2 cup pecans, raw or roasted (55 g/ 1.9 oz)
  • 4 cups fresh lettuce, green, red or mixed (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (30 ml)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar (15 ml) - avoid sweet syrupy types of balsamic
  • Optional: 1 tsp bee pollen


  1. Place the pork rinds into a blender and pulse briefly until crumbled or powdered.
    Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  2. Cut each goat's cheese round in half widthwise and cover in the powdered pork rinds. You can brush some olive oil on the dry side to help them stick to the cheese.
  3. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper with the cut side up and put in the freezer for about an hour. This will prevent the cheese from melting when grilled. Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  4. After an hour, place the tray under a grill preheated to 220 °C/ 430 °F (fan assisted), or 240 °C/ 465 °F (conventional) and cook for just about 5 minutes. The longer you leave it, the more likely it will start melting. (Note: Make sure you freeze the cheese before grilling. Here is what happened to my cheese when I didn't freeze it. Even with the cut side up, it melted it the oven in just a few minutes.) Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  5. Meanwhile, wash the strawberries and place them on a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Spray or drizzle with balsamic vinegar and transfer into the oven.
  6. Cook at 225 °C/ 450 °F for just 7-10 minutes. The strawberries will release its juices and mix with the vinegar creating a delicious caramelised vinaigrette.
    Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  7. Wash the lettuce and place in a salad spinner to dry or pat dry with a kitchen towel. Place in a serving bowl and add the pecans. You can use roasted or raw pecans. Roasting the pecans will add depth to both texture and flavour. Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  8. Drizzle the salad with extra virgin olive oil. Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  9. Add the strawberry and the strawberry juices. Optionally, sprinkle with the bee pollen to add a honey kick! Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad
  10. Enjoy while still warm. Low-Carb Roasted Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 salad)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Strawberries, fresh
4.1 g0.5 g0.2 g23 kcal
Goat cheese (semi-soft)
0.1 g16.2 g22.4 g273 kcal
Pork rinds (pork skins), dry, plain (for "breading")
0 g8.1 g1.3 g61 kcal
Pecans, nuts
1.2 g2.5 g19.6 g188 kcal
Lettuce, mixed leaf salad
0.7 g0.8 g0.1 g8 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g13.5 g119 kcal
Balsamic vinegar, dark (excludes sweet, syrupy vinegar)
1.4 g0 g0 g7 kcal
Total per serving, 1 salad
7.4 g28.1 g57.1 g679 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (8)

What can you substitute the balsamic if doing keto, or is amount so nominal it would be acceptable as *small smount, on occasion*

Hi Julie, a small amount of balsamic vinegar is acceptable (occasionally 1 teaspoon and up to to 1 tablespoon as long as it fits in your carbohydrate limit).

Hi Martina, I am sensitive to pork but tolerate ham and bacon. I have this salad on my menu and plan to crush bacon bits in place of the pork rinds in hopes it holds as well. Will it substitute well regarding the number values?

Hi Laura, I'm not sure if bacon will work, maybe if it's broken into very small pieces... Or you can try ground flax meal or almond flour - I used a combination of both in this recipe: Low-Carb Czech Christmas Fried Fish

What a beautifully looking salad! If only mine looked so good. I didn't use bee pollen but everything else and added some spinach. Love it!

Thank you Tamara!!

YUMMY! Oh my god this looks so good! I can't always get fresh strawberries and I'm glad it works with frozen. I've been recently reading about bee pollen and thinking of buying it. Where else would you use it? smoothies? 😊

Hi Marianna, thank you! I've used it in smoothies, desserts or even coffee creamers 😊