This low carb large salad & cheese platter is perfect for entertaining or even for a light dinner party. With a quick trip to Aldi and a few minutes putting this together, you can have a festive low carb dinner salad.
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Recently I was shopping at Aldi and I realized how many fancy cheeses, meats, olives, etc they carry and decided I would make a low carb large salad & cheese platter. I had intended to just have this for our dinner but when my in laws came over I realized this would be fun to serve them. It was a Sunday afternoon and this platter was a nice way to eat a light meal, talk and sample new foods. They are Aldi fans too!
Cool Low Carb Platter Items At Aldi
Below are a few of the specialty items I picked up at Aldi. I even bought all the lettuce and veggies there.
As you can see I bought a few different types of cheeses. I especially liked the goat milk brie and the aged havarti. Actually I loved the halvarti and will go back to get more! My husband and brother in law ate up all of the brie. I also bought some thin sliced salami that was flavored with herbs and spices and black pepper. Lastly I found some blue cheese stuffed green olives and kalamata olives.
Start With A Large Salad Base
When making a large salad & cheese platter you want to start with a salad base. I like to use a sturdy lettuce like romaine or even a little iceberg lettuce. Then you can add colorful vegetables such as red onions, pink radishes, yellow sweet peppers, etc. In the chart below you can see the net carbs for various vegetables and toppings you would put on a salad.
Other Items To Put On The Salad Platter
From there you can add in some jarred items like pickled vegetables, artichoke hearts, olives of all sorts, roasted peppers, etc. Make sure to read the labels and see what the net carbs are for all of these. Pickled vegetables sometimes have sugar in them so double check.
Lastly you can add the meats and cheeses. Most cheeses have little to no carbs. Same goes for meats but you still have to read labels. Some sausages have a few carbs and they all add up. Along with the specialty cheeses, Aldi also has some specialty meats like prosciutto, Imberico pork and even smoked salmon!
If you’ve ever had havarti cheese you know it’s a soft and creamy cheese. This was creamy but a bit harder and full of flavor!!! It’s like sharp cheddar and havarti had a baby.
If You Want Low Carb Crackers For Your Cheese
I suggest the brand Mary’s Gone Crackers or you can make your own. I have a few low carb cracker recipes and a low carb crispbread that would go great with this salad platter. Though I didn’t use any crackers but some people might like them.
This was just a quick one for you today. I wanted to show you how you can easily put together a low carb large salad & cheese platter with a quick trip to Aldi. You can serve it for a party or even a light dinner. You need very little time and it would look great on your table!
The nutrition for 1 serving if you consider all the cheese to be eaten is roughly:
571 cals / 43.8g fat / 8.3g carbs / 2.0g fiber / 30.3g protein = 6.3g net carbs
Low Carb Large Salad & Cheese Platter
This low carb large salad & cheese platter is perfect for entertaining or even for light dinner party. With a quick trip to Aldi and a few minutes putting this together, you can have a festive low carb dinner salad.
- 6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
- 4 sweet peppers, sliced
- 10 kalamata olives, pitted
- 10 blue cheese stuffed green olives
- 4 oz hard salami
- 5 pieces bacon, cut into pieces
- 6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
- 4 oz double cream brie
- 9 oz Borgonzola cheese
- 6 oz Prairie Sunset cheese
- 7 oz aged halvarti cheese
- 12 artichoke heart halves
Make the salad base and place in the middle of the platter. Add the lettuce first and then top with onions, peppers, olives and artichokes.
Cut the eggs in half and line the lettuce with them.
Place the cheeses in each corner and fill in with the salami and bacon.