Last week I took my daughter and her friend shopping in the city, and of course they would choose Olive Garden for lunch -lol.
Can you eat Low Carb at Olive Garden? Of course! You can eat Low Carb practically anywhere. I think I proved that already at Macaroni Grill. 😉
I wasn’t worried.
Fortunately these days you can Google the nutrition facts for practically any restaurant – and I often do this on the go from my mobile phone.
Or if I know in advance where I’m going to be eating out, I’ll look it up at home beforehand and make my meal choices before I even get there. And you can always request a nutrition facts sheet. Most restaurants have them on hand these days to cater to low carb and gluten free customers.
Low Carb Olive Garden Menu
Olive Garden has a very nice menu with low carb and gluten free options, which you can see to the right.
Not all of these entrees or options are on the public menu, so you’ll definitely want to request a copy from your server.
Not only does it give you additional items to choose from, it also gives you a breakdown of the nutrition facts – making it easy to calculate the net carbs.
They have a Fresh Spinach Salad (3 net carbs) and Oven Roasted Asparagus (1 net carb) for example, that are not on the main menu.
You can also request no croutons, or croutons on the side, for the Garden Fresh Salad they serve at the table. Without croutons a serving is 8 net carbs (mainly, I assume, from the big fresh tomatoes).
Other Low Carb Olive Garden options:
- Herb Grilled Salmon w/Broccoli (1 net carb)
- Mixed Grill Steak & Chicken Skewers w/Grilled Vegetables (20 net carbs)
- Steak Toscano w/Grilled Vegetables (32 net carbs)
All three of those meals are gluten free as well.
Since alfredo sauce is very low carb, you can order something like Chicken Alfredo over broccoli (or asparagus) instead of pasta as well. This is what I do at Macaroni Grill – order any of their main Alfredo pasta dishes, but over grilled vegetables instead of the pasta. Easy! 😀
I decided to have the Mixed Grill, which was absolutely delicious! It was a HUGE plate of food by the way, so I ate about half of it for lunch and took the rest home to finish for dinner. Here’s a photo of my plate: