This low-carb recipe was inspired by Yotam Ottonlenghis Warm Curried Egg Salad from his Simple Cookbook, which I tried a few months back and loved — is there any dish of his that doesn’t taste amazing!? Ottonlenghi’s salad had an Asian flavour profile whereas I’ve gone for more Mediterranean flavours with this vegetarian low-carb salad by using pesto, capers and feta.
This Mediterranean inspired warm egg salad is really easy to put together and can be stored in the fridge so you can have a healthy lunchbox option for the next few days.
If you follow a vegetarian keto diet, this meal is perfect for you. There are healthy fats from olive oil and pesto, protein from eggs and electolytes from veggies and seeds.
Eggs are a true keto superfood — they contain the highest biological value protein of any whole food. Feel free to double the amount of eggs for a more satisfying meal that will keep hunger at bay.
The topping includes crunchy pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas) that are a good source of magnesium and potassium, both of which are particularly important for those who just started following a keto diet.
How Many Serving Does This Salad Make?
This warm keto salad makes a great vegetarian meal in the cooler weather, or works well as an accompaniment to fish or chicken. It will be enough for 3 main meals, or 6 smaller meals, side dishes or appetizers.
How Can I make This Salad Dairy-Free?
This recipe contains dairy but if you can't have it, simply swap the feta for more crunchy pepitas or try with sliced avocado instead (more electrolytes!).
How Can I Reduce the Carb Count?
Finally, if you need to reduce the carb count in this warm egg salad recipe, swap the leek for more cauliflower, or use other low-carb veggies such as diced zucchini or broccoli.
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Allergy information for Vegetarian Keto Warm Egg Salad
✔ Gluten free
✔ Dairy free
✔ Nut free
✔ Nightshade free
✔ Pork free
✔ Avocado free
✔ Coconut free
✔ Fish free
✔ Shellfish free
Nutritional values (per serving)
Net carbs8.5 grams
Calories from carbs 8%, protein 13%, fat 79%
Total carbs12.2 gramsFiber3.7 gramsSugars4.5 gramsSaturated fat8.1 gramsSodium818 mg(36% RDA)Magnesium79 mg(20% RDA)Potassium576 mg(29% EMR)
Ingredients (makes 3 servings)
- 3 large eggs, hard-boiled
- 1/2 medium cauliflower (340 g/ 12 oz)
- 1 medium leek, white and light green parts only (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or ghee (15 ml)
Lemony pesto dressing:
- 2 tbsp pepitas (16 g/ 0.6 oz)
- 2 tbsp capers (17 g/ 0.6 oz)
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
- handful of shredded rocket (arugula) or herbs of choice
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