If you are following a plant-based ketogenic diet for polycystic kidney disease, this salad is a must! The rich blend of flavors and heart healthy fat makes it both delightful and ultra satisfying!
What is the benefit of following a plant-focused ketogenic diet?
Heard all of the hype about the “keto” diet for weight loss? Wondering why we’re featuring keto recipes on a Renal Nutrition website? Exciting new research is showing great promise for a plant-focused ketogenic diet as a nutrition therapy option for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)!
Most ketogenic diets are high in animal protein and fat. Diets high in protein and animal fat can be harmful to kidney health. However, the plant-focused ketogenic diet is low in animal protein and rich in plant-based healthy fats and vegetables!
The key to success is having healthy and flavorful fats at your fingertips. This recipe for example, features olive oil, tahini, and pine nuts!
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Following a ketogenic plant-based diet for PKD? Then this salad has all of the flavor, healthy fat, and veggies you need!
Recipe developed and tested by Diana Bruen, MS, RD.
- 1 cup of mixed greens (no spinach)
- 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
- 1/4 cup basil leaves
- 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
- 1 teaspoon toasted pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1. Layer mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumber, basil, olives, pine nuts, and green onions in a bowl.
2. Whisk olive oil, tahini, and vinegar until smooth. Drizzle over salad
Additional protein option: Add 2 ounces (1/2 can) albacore tuna, drained and flaked
No white vinegar: Substitute red wine vinegar
If meal prepping and increasing the yield of the dressing, we do not recommend making in a food processor as this will result in a much thicker dressing. Instead, we recommend whisking the dressing together.
This recipe was adapted from the Ketotarian cookbook by Dr. Will Cole.
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