Cranberries…you either love them or hate them.
I grew up loving the jellied cranberry stuff in the can. I still like it, I’ll be honest. But once I tried fresh cranberries…oh the wonders to behold. I love them paired with almonds and a simple stevia-sweetened vinaigrette style of dressing in this Sugar Free Fresh Cranberry Almond Salad. It goes so well with turkey or chicken, and even with spicy Sriracha Egg Salad.
(read this post to learn the trick to making perfect vinaigrette)
Cranberries are naturally very low in sugar. But, they are very high in antioxidants, vitamin C and have a wealth of health benefits. Since they are low in sugar, they are a great addition to low carb style meals, such as my favorite Trim Healthy Mama style, the S meal. S stands for satisfying…and those healthy fats and minimal carbs really satisfy me!
Sugar Free Fresh Cranberry Almond Salad
- 1 c fresh cranberries, chopped (7.4 g net carbs)
- 1 stalk celery, sliced. Add more if desired.
- 1/4 c toasted slivered almonds (3 g net carbs)
- 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar (I love Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar), or balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
- Stevia to taste (I used about 2 “doonks” of Trim Healthy Mama Pure Stevia Extract)
- 1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon
Combine the vinegar and oil in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine the cranberries, celery and almonds and mix well. I use 2 teaspoons of the dressing because I like a lightly dressed salad. You could use all of it if desired. Add stevia to taste and cinnamon and mix well.
If you can’t use stevia, use your preferred sweetener, adding a bit at a time and tasting until you like the amount of sweetness. I happen to prefer a more tart cranberry almond salad, so I don’t use a lot of stevia.
Trim Healthy Mamas…
This recipe is just under half a gram of carbs over the S carb limit (10 grams, recipe is 10.4 grams). You can reduce the carbs a bit by measuring only a scant 1/4 cup of almonds or scant 1 cup of cranberries. Personally, I don’t worry about that .4 grams of carbs – but I don’t make a habit of always going over! If I’ve been on plan perfectly all day, a half a gram in one meal isn’t going to wreck the train for me. But, going over a little at every meal will eventually add up so it’s best to pay attention and decide wisely when a little over isn’t a big deal!
Pair this salad with any style meat, just watch the carbs, or just have half a serving if you’re wanting some other carb source for your S meal.
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