In one of California Pizza Kitchen’s cookbooks they make a wonderful Provencal salad. It’s not only colorful, it’s crisp and super flavorful. It works great as a first course salad or a side salad with the meal. The problem is their recipe is loaded with calories and fat due to the large amounts of full-fat feta, olives and full-fat dressing. Happily I’ve lightened it up with fat-free feta cheese, adding less olives and tossing in a very tasty reduced-fat bottled dressing. Each serving has 115 calories, 6 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. I found on food.com that CPK’s salad has a horrifying 656 calories and 60 grams fat! Don’t be surprised if you end up wanting to make this skinny, refreshing salad several times a week. I could eat it almost everyday!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients for Salad:
1 bag romaine lettuce, about 5 cups
2 cups arugula, see shopping
1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in quarters
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, blotted well with paper towels, see shopping tip
Ingredients for Dressing:
⅓ cup Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette or Ken’s Steak House Lite Caesar dressing refrigerated, see shopping tip
1 tablespoon Balsamic or white Balsamic vinegar
Ingredients for Topping:
½ cup fat-free feta cheese, see shopping tip
8 Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1. In a large salad bowl, add all salad ingredients.
2. Add dressing and balsamic vinegar and toss well.
3. Divide among 4 salad plates or bowls.
4. Top each salad with 2 tablespoons fat-free feta and 2 sliced olives
Arugula, also known as ‘rocket’, has a peppery, nutty flavor. In Europe, arugula is nearly as common in a salad as iceberg lettuce is in America.
Arugula leaves fall into the category of cancer-preventing foods. It’s in the family of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. Arugula is an excellent source of vitamins A.
Purple cabbage is also a member of the cruciferous family and is rich in antioxidants. Cabbage is one of the vegetables that are highly promoted by the American Cancer Society. The purple variety has more nutrients but all cabbage is good for you.
Fat-free feta cheese is sold in most supermarkets either in the cheese aisle or deli’s gourmet cheese section. I found it at Trader Joe’s.
Sun-dried tomatoes are sold in the produce section of the supermarket. They’re available in jars, packed in oil or bags without oil. I prefer the flavor of the oil packed ones. Blotting in paper towels removes most of the oil and still retains its wonderful flavor.
To save time, purple cabbage is available shredded in bags in the produce section. Arugula is also sold in bags like lettuce.
Ken’s Lite Caesar Dressing and Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette can be found in the salad dressing aisle of most supermarkets.
Weight Watchers (old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 3
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
115 calories, 6g fat, 6g protein, 9g carbs, 2g fiber, 630mg sodium, 6g sugar
|FAT FACTS: for 1 serving of California Pizza Kitchen Salad
656 calories, 60g fat, 16, 29g carb, 6g fiber, 1556mg sodium, 11g sugar