Skinny Mini Reuben Appetizers, Low Calorie and Delectable



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Here’s a classic deli sandwich turned into a bite-sized appetizer. I love serving these whenever I’m having company over or even as a fun lunch. They would be terrific to serve while watching football, too! These little gems are so delicious and simple to make. You can prep them in advance and pop them in the oven, just before serving. Each skinny, mini appetizer is only 61 calories, 2 grams of fat and just 1 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS!  Get ready for rave reviews. Everyone loves them!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients For The Thousand Island Dressing:

⅓ cup Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing or reduced-fat mayonnaise

2 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup

2 teaspoons pickle relish

1 teaspoon mustard

¼ teaspoon paprika

Ingredients for Reuben:

1 cocktail loaf of rye bread

1 (16 oz) can sauerkraut, drained

½ lb lean pastrami or turkey pastrami, thinly sliced and quartered (see shopping tip)

6 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, cut into fourths

Mustard for dipping, optional


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a small bowl, mix together all the Thousand Island ingredients.

3. For easy clean up, line a cookie sheet with foil. Place 24 cocktail rye on the cookie sheet in a single layer.

4. Spread each piece with 1 teaspoon of Thousand Island Dressing.

5. Place one piece of pastrami on top of each.

6. Add about 1 tablespoon of sauerkraut on top of that.

7. Add a small amount of dressing on top of the sauerkraut.

8. Top each with one piece of Swiss cheese.

9. Bake for about 8 minutes until cheese is melted. Place on a serving plate with a side dish of mustard, if desired,  for dipping.  Serve at once.

Makes 24 appetizers

Food Facts

Depending on who you talk to, the Reuben was invented in the early 1900s’ either at Reuben’s Delicatessen in New York City or by Reuben Kay at a hotel in Nebraska during a weekly poker game.

Sauerkraut is made by combining shredded cabbage, salt and sometimes spices and allowing the mixture to ferment.

Healthy Benefit

Sauerkraut is an excellent source of vitamin C as well as some of the B vitamins. It does contain lots of sodium but you can greatly reduce it by rinsing under water before using.

Shopping Tips

I found very lean uncured pastrami containing “no nitrites” at Trader Joe’s. You could also use turkey pastrami.

Most supermarkets sell cocktail rye bread. It’s usually found in the fresh deli section. You can also use regular rye bread.  Just cut 6 pieces into quarters before you assemble each sanwich.

Sargento and Alpine make reduced-fat Swiss Cheese. Most supermarket’s carry this type of cheese along with Trader Joe’s.  If you can’t find it, substitute reduced-fat Jarlsberg, mozzarella, or provolone cheese.

Serving Tip

Most people will want to eat 2-3 appetizers. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled.

Weight Watchers (
old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 appetizer
61 calories, 2 g fat, 5g protein, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 303mg sodium, 2g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 appetizer using full fat ingredients
121 calories, 8.5g fat, 8g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fiber, 475mg sodium


Skinny Thousand Island Dressing

Thousand Island was extremely popular in the 1950’s.  After you try this coral colored dressing you will quickly see why it has remained popular even today.

Prep Time: 5 minutes


1 cup Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing or reduced-fat mayonnaise

¼ cup chili sauce

1 tablespoon sweet relish

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

½ teaspoon paprika


1. In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well blended.

2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

3. You’ll only need about half the recipe for the mini Reuben appetizers. Thousand Island dressing will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks. See serving tip for other uses.

Makes 1¼ cups

Food Fact

This recipe seems to have come from the Thousand Islands region in upstate New York and Canada that borders Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.  The dressing contains chunky ingredients that resemble thousands of tiny islands.

Serving Tip

Try this dressing on our recipe for Fiesta Salad.  You can use it as a spread for sandwiches, burgers and as a dip for raw veggies or shrimp.

Weight Watchers (old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons dressing
43 cal, 2.9 g fat, 1g protein, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 171mg sodium,  2g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of regular dressing
140 calories, 13g fat, 0g protein, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 3oomg sodium, 3g sugar

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19 Responses to “Skinny Mini Reuben Appetizers, Low Calorie and Delectable”

  1. Jessica @ Cajunlicious Says:

    I LOVE Reuben sandwiches, these really do make the perfect holiday appetizers!

  2. diana fox Says:

    Thanks for all your great recipes, tips, etc. I have used them daily. This one is great; only 1 pt!!!! and easy. Love easy

  3. admin Says:

    I’m thrilled you like my recipes and tips Diana. Thanks for joining me! With best wishes, Nancy

  4. Jennifer Says:

    I’ve recently started WW again and came across your website – Boy! Am I excited! Already tried 3 of your recipes and they were great!

    My husband is a freak when it comes to mayo or dressing…doesn’t want it on his Reuben. What are the skinny facts WITHOUT the dressing?

  5. admin Says:

    Jennifer you really won’t save any points by skipping the dressing. Here’s the facts for the thousand Island dressing:

    Weight Watchers (old points) 1
    Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1
    SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons dressing
    43 cal, 2.9 g fat, 1g protein, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 171mg sodium, 2g sugar

    * Since each mini appetizer only uses 1 teaspoon of dressing, it doesn’t change the points. (there is 3 teaspoon in 1 tablespoon)

    If he your husband doesn’t like any dressing, you might want to use mustard for the spread. Jennifer, I hope this information helps you!

  6. Jennifer Says:

    Fantastic idea! He loves mustard…thanks a bunch! Can’t wait to try these and I’m going out today and buying all the ingredients for your Ranch dressing. I’m sure my kids will love it!

  7. admin Says:

    Great Jennifer…Enjoy!

  8. Kristi Rimkus Says:

    These are perfect for the Super Bowl!

  9. admin Says:

    Thanks Kristi…It’s exactly one of the bite size treats I’ll be making!

  10. Martha Says:

    Another great one for the Super Bowl! 🙂

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks Martha!

  12. Martha Says:

    Thanks so much for coming over to link up at Tailgating Time! Keep em coming! 🙂

  13. admin Says:

    My great pleasure, Martha. I’ll stop by to share some more!

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  15. admin Says:

    Thank you so much for including my Skinny Reuben Sandwiches in your round-up!
    Everything looks super yummy!
    With my very best wishes,

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  17. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for including my Skinny Mini Reuben Appetizers!
    Happy, Healthy New Year!

  18. Barb Manthey Says:

    These were easy and delicious! My daughter and I are following Weight Watchers, and this recipe was just the ticket for us to have something delicious while resisting all of the other appetizers.

  19. admin Says:

    Wonderful Barb. Thanks for your feedback!
    All the best,

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