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Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw

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Broccoli stems. Isn’t it funny that we spent so many years throwing this yummy part of the broccoli in the rubbish? We were so ignorant of the goodness that we were wasting.

I love broccoli stems, I don’t think that they taste anything like the broccoli florets, they have a kind of fresh yet nutty flavour that is close to kohlrabi.

Anyway, this salad is fresh and crispy and the perfect way to use up those leftover stems.

The buttermilk dressing is creamy yet neutral, so if you want to add some fresh herbs to yours you can. I prefer mine this way so that the flavours of the salad shine through. Enjoy!

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Allergy information for Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw

✔  Gluten free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
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Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs5.6 grams
Protein8.6 grams
Fat24.4 grams
Calories268 kcal

Calories from carbs 8%, protein 12%, fat 80%

Total carbs6.8 gramsFiber1.2 gramsSugars1.1 gramsSaturated fat4.7 gramsSodium399 mg(17% RDA)Magnesium42 mg(11% RDA)Potassium409 mg(20% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 4 large peeled broccoli stems (400 g/ 14.1 oz)
  • 1 1/4 cups broccoli florets (114 g/ 4 oz)
  • 6 slices quality bacon (180 g/ 6.4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled walnuts (58 g/ 2 oz)
  • 1/2 of the prepared buttermilk dressing, about 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (recipe below)
Buttermilk dressing:

Note: You can use sour cream instead of full-fat buttermilk (the effect on the carb count per serving will be insignificant).


  1. Prepare all the ingredients. Chop bacon into strips.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  2. Fry over a medium high heat. Finely chop the garlic and add it to the bacon while cooking.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  3. Meanwhile, peel the broccoli stems and cut them finely.
    I used the julienne setting on my mandolin, but you could slice them very thinly or julienne them yourself if you have better knife skills than me.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  4. Cut the florets into very small pieces and place in a large bowl with the broccoli stems.
    Note: If you don't like raw broccoli florets, lightly steam or boil the florets for 2-3 minutes. When cooked, place in ice water and drain. Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  5. Add the bacon while still warm, including bacon fats. Add roughly chopped walnuts, reserving a small handful to garnish. Toss all of the salad ingredients together and then leave to sit while you make dressing.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  6. Place all of the buttermilk dressing ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Whisk together until well combined and pour into a serving bottle.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  7. Pour over the salad and toss to combine. Note that this makes enough dressing for a couple of salads, so don’t pour all of it on to this one salad.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  8. Store salad, covered, in refrigerator for up to three days.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw
  9. Store buttermilk dressing in jar in the refrigerator for up to five days.
    Keto Broccoli Stem Bacon Slaw

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Broccoli, stalks, raw
3.5 g2 g0.2 g19 kcal
Broccoli, broccolini, fresh
0.8 g0.5 g0.1 g6 kcal
Bacon, streaky (high fat content), organic
0 g4.1 g7.5 g84 kcal
Walnuts, nuts
0.7 g1.5 g6.4 g64 kcal
Milk, buttermilk, fluid, whole
0.5 g0.3 g0.3 g6 kcal
0.1 g0.1 g7.6 g68 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Lemon juice, fresh
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Olive oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g2.3 g20 kcal
Wine vinegar
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
5.6 g8.6 g24.4 g268 kcal

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