Mouth-watering Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad Recipe

As a diabetic chef, I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to create delicious dishes that won’t disrupt my blood sugar levels. That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce you to my latest creation: Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad. This low-carb, diabetic-friendly recipe is perfect for those who want to enjoy a flavorful salad without compromising their health.

At first glance, you might think that combining pistachios and sauerkraut could be an unusual combination, but when these ingredients come together, it creates a salad that is both tasty and satisfying. With only 14 ingredients required, this recipe is easy to make and perfect for individuals who want to eat healthy but don’t have much time to cook.

What makes this recipe unique is its use of sugar-free instant pistachio pudding mix as the salad dressing. The addition of Splenda sugar substitute instead of traditional sugar and dried currants in the mix adds natural sweetness. The combination of freshly grated lemon rind and sauerkraut gives the salad a tangy flavor that complements the salty pistachios.

This salad not only satisfies one’s palate but provides essential nutrients as well. According to studies, consuming pistachios can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and aid in weight management. Sauerkraut may not seem like a nutritional powerhouse but this fermented cabbage dish provides gut-healthy probiotics that boost the immune system.

So if you’re looking for a low-carb, diabetes-friendly salad that’s packed with flavor and essential nutrients, give this Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad recipe a try.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad, Low Carb Diabetic
Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad, Low Carb Diabetic

If you’re looking for a low-carb, diabetes-friendly salad that packs a punch of flavor, then this Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is the one for you! This unique and unconventional salad combines the salty tang of sauerkraut with the sweet crunch of pistachios and pecans, creating a mouth-watering sensation that will leave both your taste buds and your body feeling satisfied.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it uses Splenda sugar substitute instead of traditional sugar, making it perfect for those watching their sugar intake. The addition of dried currants also adds a natural sweetness to the dish without any added sugar. Not to mention, the salad features fresh lemon rind, which provides a zesty and refreshing kick that balances the overall taste profile perfectly.

But what truly sets this dish apart is its use of sugar-free instant pistachio pudding as a dressing. The creamy and nutty flavors compliment the sauerkraut so well; you’ll be wondering why you haven’t tried this combination sooner!

And don’t let the use of sauerkraut fool you- this Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is not only delicious but offers ample nutritional benefits. Sauerkraut is an excellent source of dietary fiber that promotes good digestion health while also high in vitamin C that boosts your immune system. Pistachios, on the other hand, are an excellent source of protein and healthy fats that keep you feeling fuller longer. Plus, they are high in antioxidants and fiber which help regulate blood sugar levels.

Whether you’re looking for a tasty new addition to your salad rotation or need a go-to dish that caters to specific dietary needs, this Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is sure to please!

Ingredient List

 Vibrant green pistachio nuts add a pop of color!
Vibrant green pistachio nuts add a pop of color!

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this pistachio-sauerkraut salad recipe. Note that some ingredients are specific to diabetes-friendly and low-carb diets, so make sure to check labels and measurements accordingly.


  • 14 ounces sauerkraut, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups julienne cut cabbage
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 ounce package sugar-free instant pistachio pudding
  • 2 teaspoons Splenda sugar substitute
  • 2 teaspoons dried grated lemon rind

Note: If you have pink sauerkraut available, you can use that instead for a fun twist.

As always, use fresh ingredients to ensure optimal taste and texture.

The Recipe How-To

 Tangy sauerkraut gives this salad a tasty kick.
Tangy sauerkraut gives this salad a tasty kick.

Now that we have gathered all our ingredients, let’s dive into the recipe how-to. But first, let me remind you that this pistachio-sauerkraut salad is a great choice for those who follow a low carb or diabetic-friendly diet.

Step 1: Prepare the Sauerkraut

The first step is to rinse the sauerkraut properly under running water and then drain well before adding it to a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add Dried Fruits and Nuts

Next, mix in dried currants, chopped pecans, and pistachios to the sauerkraut mixture.

Step 3: Prepare Pistachio Pudding Mix

In a separate bowl, mix together sugar-free instant pistachio pudding with cold milk according to package instructions until it starts thickening. Once it has reached the desired consistency, add it to the sauerkraut mixture and stir to combine.

Step 4: Flavor It Up!

To give the salad an irresistible zesty flavor, add freshly grated lemon zest (use a microplane, if possible) along with lemon juice from 1-2 lemons. Mix everything together until well combined.

Step 5: Chill and Serve

Once the salad is ready, cover it with plastic wrap or transfer it into an airtight container and chill in the fridge for at least an hour before serving. This will allow all of the flavors to meld together nicely.

Presentation Tip:

Before serving, garnish with additional chopped pistachios and fresh lemon wedges for some extra crunch and tanginess. This dish is best served cold as a refreshing side dish for your next meal.

Now that you know how to make this healthy yet delicious pistachio-sauerkraut salad feel free to experiment with different substitutions or variations that suit your taste buds!

Substitutions and Variations

 Each mouthful is a delicious balance of savory and crunchy.
Each mouthful is a delicious balance of savory and crunchy.

Are you looking for some creative ways to put your own spin on this amazing Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad recipe? Well, you’re in luck! There are plenty of substitutions and variations that can be made to customize the dish to your unique tastes or dietary needs.

Firstly, if you’re not a fan of the tangy flavor of sauerkraut, consider using thinly sliced cabbage as a substitute. This will provide a similar crunchy texture while being milder in taste.

Secondly, you can swap out the sugar-free instant pistachio pudding for other flavors such as vanilla or chocolate. Just make sure to adjust the amount of Splenda sugar substitute used accordingly.

Thirdly, if you prefer your salads with some added sweetness, try adding dried currants instead of pecans or pistachios. These small, sweetened fruit bits will enhance the salad’s flavor while keeping it low carb and diabetic-friendly.

Lastly, if you want to turn this salad into a more substantial meal, feel free to add some cooked chicken breast or canned tuna. This simple addition will provide some extra protein and make the salad more filling without adding too much saturated fat.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing this Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad recipe. Experiment with different ingredients and find what works best for you!

Serving and Pairing

 Perfect for a low-carb diet or for those with diabetes.
Perfect for a low-carb diet or for those with diabetes.

The Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is a truly versatile dish that can be served in many different ways. One of my favorite ways to enjoy it is as a side dish alongside grilled meat or fish. The creamy texture of the salad pairs perfectly with the smoky flavors of grilled meats, making it the perfect accompaniment to any summer barbecue.

The salad can also be used as a topping for a vegetable salad, adding an extra crunch and tangy flavor to your greens. Alternatively, you can use it as a sandwich filling, especially when combined with lean meats such as turkey or chicken.

For an extra zing, I recommend pairing this salad with a zesty dressing made from fresh lemon juice and olive oil. This will help to bring out the flavors of the sauerkraut and pistachios while balancing the richness of the pudding mix.

If you are looking for a low-carb meal, consider pairing this salad with cabbage or other low-carb vegetables. The recipe is already low in carbs, making it perfect for those watching their carb intake.

This salad also provides a great way to add some color to your plate with its vibrant pink sauerkraut, making it an attractive addition to any meal. Whether you choose to serve it as a side dish or incorporate it into your main course, this Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is sure to impress your guests with its unique flavor and healthy ingredients.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The flavors of the Mediterranean come together in this unique salad.
The flavors of the Mediterranean come together in this unique salad.

This Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is definitely one of those dishes that you can make ahead of time and store for later use. In fact, it is advisable to prepare this salad in advance to give time for the flavors to meld and intensify. Simply cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

If you have leftovers or want to store the salad, I recommend separating the dressing and storing it separately from the sauerkraut mixture. This will help prevent the cabbage from becoming too soggy. You can keep the dressing in a small container and pour it over the salad just before serving.

When reheating, do not microwave or cook on high heat as this may affect the texture and flavor of the pistachios and sauerkraut. Instead, let the salad sit at room temperature for a few minutes before adding more dressing or seasoning to refresh the flavor. If you feel like adding more crunch, top it with some chopped pecans or pistachios.

Overall, this salad can be made ahead of time without sacrificing its taste and freshness. It’s an ideal option for meal prep, a potluck or when you need a quick side dish on a busy weeknight.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A few simple ingredients create a complex and flavorful salad.
A few simple ingredients create a complex and flavorful salad.

Preparing a low-carb sauerkraut salad with pistachios and other flavorful ingredients doesn’t have to be daunting. Consider these tips to ensure perfect results every time:

First and foremost, opt for fresh ingredients. Make sure the sauerkraut is rinsed thoroughly to rid it of excess salt, and the pecans and pistachios are fresh for that crunch which can be lost if the nuts are stale.

When it comes to grating the lemon rind, make sure you only use the outer part – known as the zest. Be careful not to grate too deeply into the white pith underneath, as this can add bitterness. Also, make sure to use fresh lemons as old lemons can have a slightly accidic taste.

As far as substitutions go, you can replace regular sugar with Splenda sugar substitute for a sugar-free version of this recipe that is still just as sweet. Additionally, you can swap in or add dried currants for extra pops of tartness.

For variation and experimentation opportunities, try using different types of sauerkraut such as pink sauerkraut or cabbage or add some tangy dressing made from apple cider vinegar to give it some zing.

Finally, store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the fridge, but don’t keep it for too long otherwise it might become soggy. You can also make this salad ahead of time and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator before serving. If you’d like it even more if flavors meld together overnight making an ideal choice for meal prep lunches or make-ahead dinners.

By following these tips, you’ll have a great foundation for creating healthy delicious meals that fit within your low-carb keto diet while sticking diabetic-friendly recipes. With nothing overly complicated about this recipe’s 14 ingredients and 4 steps process one simply cannot go wrong when making this tasty dish.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a healthy, delicious recipe that is low in carbs and friendly for diabetics, then the Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad is a perfect choice. With only 14 ingredients, including items like Splenda sugar substitute, pecans, and sauerkraut rinsed, you can create a satisfying meal that is sure to impress. The pistachio sauerkraut salad provides fantastic nutrition and will leave you feeling satisfied without overindulging in carbs or sugar.

This recipe also allows for flexibility through variations like substituting different nuts like almonds or cashews in it or adding diced apples. You can enjoy it as a side dish, a full meal or even use it as a component for other recipes such as the Pistachio-Stuffed Pheasant Breast or the Glazed Chestnuts which can up-level your culinary game.

Therefore, why not try out this dish and take control of your diabetes with this delicious and easy low carb and low sugar Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad recipe. It’s sure to be a hit with any guests you may have and is an excellent option to include in your diet if you’re looking to eat healthily without compromising flavor.

Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad, Low Carb Diabetic

Pistachio-Sauerkraut Salad, Low Carb Diabetic Recipe

If you're eating lowcarb and are missing carrot-raisin salad, here's one for you! I know it sounds like a strange combination, but it's actually quite good! It's very much like carrot-raisin salad but with a zing. Give it a try!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Calories 151.2 kcal


  • 14 ounces sauerkraut, rinsed
  • 1 (1 ounce) package sugar-free instant pistachio pudding
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried grated fresh lemon rind or 2 teaspoons fresh grated fresh lemon rind
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup dried currant
  • 2 (1 g) packets Splenda sugar substitute


  • Drain the sauerkraut and place in a large bowl.
  • Fill the bowl with water and rinse pickling juices from the sauerkraut, then drain using a large strainer (or colander with small holes).
  • Put the sauerkraut back into the bowl, refill it with cool water, and set it aside.
  • Make the pudding according the package directions.
  • When it has begun to set, add the lemon rind.
  • (Rind from lime could be a good addition, as well!) Coarsely chop the pistachios and pecans- a food processor works well for this.
  • Pour the sauerkraut into the strainer again and drain it well, pressing down on it with the back of a spoon or spatula.
  • In a large bowl mix the rinsed/drained sauerkraut with the pudding, nuts, currants, and Splenda, and stir well.
  • Pour into a serving container and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 95gCalories: 151.2kcalCarbohydrates: 11.9gProtein: 3.8gFat: 11.2gSaturated Fat: 1.1gSodium: 460.5mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 6.7g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Christmas, Easy, Fruit, Kid-Friendly, Nuts, Potluck, Thanksgiving, Vegetable
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