Have you been searching for a zesty yet light and satisfying snack or side dish? This Keto Mexican Lime and Chili Cucumbers Salad Recipe will be a fresh addition to the hottest dishes or hottest days.
Six Ingredients, 2 Minutes, Endless Options
Pairing lime juice for tang, crisp chilled cucumber for crunch and creamy cashews with a bit of spice, you can stay low carb without sacrificing flavor. This recipe is a great small meal or side to a delicious grilled dish. With a little chopping, this could easily be added to:
Just remember, if you are making additions or substitutions to keto recipes, you need to monitor your Keto macros.
The US is nuts for cashews, but are cashews nuts?
I have to call a foul on a technicality here.
“Technically” Cashews are not nuts.
They are seeds. (Crazy, right?)
Cashews love humidity and generally grow best in tropical climates. How it works is both fairly simple and really complicated. The cashew tree grows a cashew apple (false fruit) and from the end of the cashew apple, protrudes a curled appendage called a drupe (actual fruit). The cashew “nut” grows inside the drupe. (1)
While the cashew nut itself gets the attention, the cashew apple is still used in many cultures for preserves, curries, fermented beverages, and it can even be eaten raw.
Hazard Pay for Cashew Roasters
Ever wonder why you have never seen a cashew in a shell? Raw cashews are actually toxic. They contain urushiol, the same substance that makes poison ivy poisonous! Cashews must go through a roasting process to be safe for consumption. Advances in roasting have made it safer for workers, but the roasting of cashews still produces harmful vapors. (This is one situation where home roasting is not an option)
So, while you enjoy a low carb side, say thanks to the folks who risked their lives to bring you creamy cashew deliciousness to go with a wealth of delicious keto recipes.
Serve chilled for a refreshing and simple Keto starter or side dish.
- 2 large cucumbers, cut into large wedges (best chilled)
- 1/4 cup (56 g) cashews
- 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) olive oil
- Zest and juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon (2 g) chili powder
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Toss all the ingredients together.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 6 g
- Calories: 182
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 17 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 4 g