Easy Keto Sandwich Bowl (Low Carb Friendly)
Easy Keto Sandwich Bowl is an alternative to a sub sandwich for those following a low-carb lifestyle. This keto recipe is customizable to the lunch meats, vegetables, and dressing you prefer. Having little net carbs, this is a perfect lunch or dinner for you whether meal planning for the week or you need something quick and easy.
Ham & Cheese Keto Sandwich Bowl: Perfect Easy Lunch Solution
One day when I was out and about, I ran to pick up my big kids’ lunch at their favorite sub shop. Since I had not planned lunch that day, I thought a sandwich in a bowl would make a fantastic keto lunch. I’m sure the young girl ringing me up that day thought I was crazy asking for no bread on my sandwich and for all the ingredients to be thrown in a bowl, but this Keto sandwich recipe in a bowl was exactly what I wanted.
Many sub-shops have salads, but I didn’t want a salad with deli meat and cheese added. A salad in a bowl with the same fundamental ratios was the perfect solution. I thought this would be a new keto recipe to make at home for a low-carb sandwich with no bread.
- Smoked deli ham is the main protein for this low-carb sandwich without bread. Use smoked or black forest ham as maple and honey varieties contain added sugars.
- Provolone cheese – Any of your favorite cheese varieties work for this recipe.
- Lettuce, Cucumbers, Pickles, Banana peppers, Orange bell pepper, and Cherry tomatoes – My favorite toppings for a sandwich, and they are fresh, healthy, and delicious.
- Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Italian Seasonings – Together, these make a delicious Italian topping to your sandwich in a bowl.
- Parmesan Cheese – This ingredient is optional. It adds a punch of flavor to the sandwich in a bowl.
What is a Sandwich Bowl?
A keto bowl is your favorite sandwich toppings that have been chopped, placed in a bowl, and coated with a delicious high fat / low carb dressing. Compared to a salad with the primary ingredient of lettuce and then toppings added. This is, in fact, a sandwich in a bowl as the sandwich ingredients are the stars of the show, with the lettuce taking a step back in a supporting role.
Variations of Keto Sandwich Bowl:
This recipe is amazing because it’s customizable to your favorite sandwich ingredients. If you don’t like deli ham, there are many other options available. I’ve included several different ideas below to make this your own.
- Swap out the Cheese or Combine Varieties – You can use any cheese you prefer, such as gouda, mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, swiss cheese, etc.
- Change the protein – If you don’t like ham, use turkey, pepperoni, roast beef, bacon, salami, or another favorite deli meat. You can also combine more than one variety.
- Change up the Veggies – Add different veggies like fresh mushrooms, green bell peppers, red bell peppers, onions, zucchini, olives, jalapenos, and/or avocados.
- Oil/Vinegar – This can be subbed for a different dressing such as ranch, a bit of mayo, mustard, etc. I often enjoy adding a dab of mustard to the Oil/Vinegar mixture.
- Spices – Add spices such as garlic powder, garlic herb mixture, a dash of paprika, oregano, and salt/pepper.
This is such a fresh, fast meal when you’re on the go. It’s fantastic for summer picnics, days at the pool, or a leisurely low-carb lunch. The possibilities are endless.
In my hometown, we have a sandwich shop that has the most amazing homemade vinegar and oil dressing. When I created this recipe, I wanted it to taste similar as it provides a delicious punch of flavor to the low-carb sandwich bowl.
This is the keto lunch because it’s easy to make and delicious. By topping my low-carb sandwich bowl with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning, I was able to add additional flavor without adding carbs.
Can I use Keto bread in this recipe?
Although there is no bread in a keto sandwich bowl, there are always low-carb bread options. Check out my 90-second bread recipe, Chaffle Bread recipe, and Low Carb Keto Bread Recipe if you’d like to make a low carb sandwich instead of a sandwich bowl.
Is This Recipe Gluten-Free?
The ingredients used in this sandwich bowl recipe are traditionally gluten-free. However, due to various food sensitivities as well as degrees, please make sure to check every ingredient of the exact products you use in your kitchen. I am not personally gluten-free, nor am I an expert in this area; therefore, it’s essential that you do your due diligence to thoroughly and adequately investigate ingredients. Since I have a child with severe food allergies, I know that you can’t be too careful.
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More Easy Keto Recipes:
- Hot Ham & Cheese Unwich Casserole
- Easy Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
- 90-Second Keto Bread – add your favorite toppings for a delicious keto sandwich
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Easy Keto Sandwich Bowl
- 5 slices smoked deli ham
- 1 cup romaine hearts, chopped
- 3 slices provolone cheese
- 3 pickles
- 4 banana peppers
- ½ cucumber
- ⅓ orange bell pepper
- 3 cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 tsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp Italian seasoning
- Chop ham, cheese, and veggies then put them in a bowl.
- Add olive oil, red wine vinegar, and Italian seasoning, and mix together.
- Dress the keto sandwich bowl.
- Enjoy! (This keto sandwich bowl tastes best after sitting for a few minutes so the oil/vinegar mixture can infuse all the other ingredients.
Sounds yummy, I will definitely make this but I think I’m going to use half ham and half turkey. I like sandwiches with more than 1 meat
Awesome. You can easily change it up to your preferences.
Is this big enough for 2 servings?
Making this for the 3rd time today for lunches this week. Love it!
Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoy it.
The first time I made this bowl I had company as I made it. My guest was making smacking noises. Of course, I offered her some and we ate together. Everything marinated together and was delicious. I made no changes but left the pickles out. This was just so good. I’ve made it twice since then. The other night I became quite hungry and had 2 servings. I am diabetic and wondered if I had overdone it. Next day my fasting sugar was 74. I was OK.
This is a great pick me up. Have made many of your keto recipes. Thank you.
That’s so great! Keto works great for the ones who are diabetic in my family, also!
Looks delicious! But how are there over 1000 calories in this? Am I missing something?
It is large enough for 2-3 servings.
Made this for dinner tonight. It makes at LEAST two servings, three if you are having it as a side salad. Really yummy. I left out the cucumber but everything else was terrific. Thanks!
Tracey, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I always split it with my daughter when I make it. Thanks for the feedback. I’m going to change the number of servings.