Keto Pasta Salad Italiano

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  • prep time

    prep time

    10 min

  • cook time

    cook time

    5 min

  • ready time

    ready time

    15 min

Keto Pasta Salad Italiano

You can have this simple side dish prepared in just 15 minutes. This pasta salad is served cold, so it’s best enjoyed during warm months on the patio, but all the ingredients can be found during any season. This Keto recipe is completely vegetarian and vegan, but you can easily add in cooked chicken, bacon, or canned tuna to increase the nutritional value of the side dish. You may also add cheese, such as mozzarella pearls or grated parmesan, for more fat and protein as well. Refreshing cucumber, juicy tomatoes, and fragrant white onion give you crunchy, yummy ingredients to munch on. The “Italiano” flavoring comes from fresh basil and garlic mixed with extra virgin olive oil to coat all the ingredients. Pick your favorite style of shirataki noodles for the Keto pasta salad! Use macaroni, linguine, or thin ramen shirataki noodles at your discretion.

Turn The Pasta Salad Into A More Filling Meal

If you are a vegetarian on the Keto diet, you can add additional Keto vegetables to make a more filling dish. Chopped mushrooms, broccoli, or cauliflower can be added to the pasta salad. If you don’t like raw broccoli and cauliflower, simply boil or steam the veggies before adding them. If you’re interested in adding meat, cooked chicken made with olive oil and spices can be shredded and mixed into the pasta salad. Cook some bacon up in a pan and chop it into bacon bits before mixing it in! You can let other users know what you added to your Keto pasta salad Italiano in the comment section.

Why Do I Have To Rinse The Shirataki Noodles?

Since shirataki noodles are made with a special low-carb flour (and sometimes tofu), they have to be stored in water to retain their structure. You may not really know how long the shirataki noodles you’ve purchased have been kept on grocery store shelves, so the water that comes in the packaging can easily ruin the taste of the dish you’re making. Rinsing shirataki noodles is similar to having to rinse rice before you cook it. It’s important to remove any impurities so your cooking water doesn’t turn cloudy. In this recipe, the cleaner the flavors taste, the better the dish is overall.

Jessica L.

  • Net Carbs

    3.8 g

  • Fiber

    1.9 g

  • Total Carbs

    5.9 g

  • Protein

    0.9 g

  • Fats

    3.5 g

53 cals

Keto Pasta Salad Italiano

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  • Shirataki Noodle

    Shirataki Noodle

    8 oz

  • Cucumber


    6 oz

  • Grape tomato

    Grape tomato

    6.5 oz

  • White onion

    White onion

    2 oz

  • Salt


    0.25 tsp

  • Black pepper

    Black pepper

    0.13 tsp

  • Extra virgin olive oil

    Extra virgin olive oil

    1 tbsp

  • Balsamic vinegar

    Balsamic vinegar

    1 tsp

  • Lemon juice

    Lemon juice

    1 tsp

  • Garlic


    0.75 tsp, chopped

  • Basil


    12 leaf

  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

    Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

    0.25 tsp

Recipe Steps

steps 3

15 min

  • Step 1

    Bring a pot of water to a boil on the stove. While the water is coming to a boil, drain the shirataki noodles from their packaging. Rinse the noodles in a colander before transferring them to the boiling water. Boil the noodles for just 2-3 minutes. Drain the noodles again and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Let them cool just a couple of minutes before continuing.
    Step 1
  • Step 2

    While the noodles are cooling, prepare the other ingredients. Dice the cucumbers into ¼”-thick pieces. Halve or quarter the grape tomatoes, and dice the onion into very small pieces. Toss the chopped ingredients with the cooled shirataki noodles. Then, season the bowl of ingredients with salt and pepper and toss it all together once more.
    Step 2
  • Step 3

    Whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped basil, and crushed red pepper. Pour this mixture over the shirataki noodles, and toss all the ingredients together one final time. Chill the pasta salad in your refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before serving it as a cold side dish. The longer the pasta salad marinates, the more flavor will develop. The pasta salad can keep in your refrigerator for up to three days.
    Step 3