Low Carb Salad on a Stick, Italian-Style


This is such a fun way to serve a salad. So low in carbs and calories and taste like an yummy Italian chopped salad. Great for company, but you don’t have to wait. Your family will love them too! In addition, they makes an easy appetizer. Each salad stick has 72 calories, 5 grams of fat and 2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes


4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped into large chunks (1 bag of chopped romaine lettuce will work)

8 large black olives, pitted

8 small cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes

6 slices of reduced-fat salami, each slice cut into fours, see shopping tips

8 teaspoons light dressing, such as Girard’s light Champagne or Cardini’s Light Caesar, see shopping tips

2 teaspoon Parmesan cheese

4 wooden, bamboo or other disposable skewers (such as plastic), see shopping tips


1. To make each salad stick:
a. Place 1 little triangle of salami on wooden stick.
b. Make a small stack of lettuce (about ¼ cup of lettuce) and thread onto stick.
c. Next add 1 olive
d. Add 1 more stack of lettuce
e. Add 1 tomato
f. Repeat these steps two more times ending with 2 triangles of salami on top
g. Place on serving plate. Drizzle each with 2 teaspoons salad dressing and sprinkle ½ teaspoon Parmesan cheese on each.

2. These can be prepped in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Drizzle the dressing and sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

3. This recipes can be doubled, tripled and so on.

Makes 4 serving. Each serving, 1 salad stick with dressing and cheese


Shopping Tips
I found the wooden (bamboo) skewers at the supermarket in the baking aisle where baking pans are displayed. They are also sold at stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond. Or you can use wooden chop sticks instead.

My two favorite store bought dressings for these salad sticks are Girard’s Light Champagne Dressing or Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette. They are delicious reduced-fat dressings. Both are sold in most large supermarket chains in the salad dressing aisle. I found them at Von’s/Safeway. Or use your favorite light Caesar or Italian dressing.

I used Gallo reduced-fat salami. This brand and other brands are available in the luncheon meat section of the supermarket. In addition, I like Columbus Lite Italian Dry Salami.  I found it at Von’s/Safeway in the deli section.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
Weight Watchers
(old points) 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 salad stick including dressing and cheese
72 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 10mg chol, 4g protein, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 412mg sodium, 2g sugar

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32 Responses to “Low Carb Salad on a Stick, Italian-Style”

  1. Low Carb Salad on a Stick, Italian-Style | The best diet blog ever! Says:

    […] By admin […]

  2. Aunt Bee Says:

    You are my foodie HERO! Everything you make is so healthy AND looks GREAT! This is no exception!

  3. Jennifer Johnson Says:

    Salad on a stick!! Brilliant!

  4. admin Says:

    Thanks Jennifer!

  5. admin Says:

    You are the sweetest Brandi. Thank you!

  6. Garage Gyms Says:

    What a cute idea! Looks like a lot of work to eat a salad, but you can eat salad in the car now! =p

  7. Marwa Farouq Says:

    Wow! thanks you!
    this also makes a great option for a creative lunchbox treats! my daughter hates salad, but she likes it when i do cool things with food… i tried doing chicken kebabs w roasted veggies a few days and it worked and she ate it so maybe i will try this too! Thanks for sharing!
    Marwa @BlossomFamily.net
    Found u on the friday show up linky

  8. admin Says:

    Sounds like a fun, healthy lunch option for your daughter.
    Have fun Marwa!
    My best,

  9. admin Says:

    It is much easier to just make this in a bowl, but not nearly as fun!

  10. Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com Says:

    Yummy, these look so festive and appealing. I would never have thought of this. I think my Love will really enjoy his salad this way.
    Visiting from Women of Midlife.
    Barbara @ http://www.allmylivesnow.com

  11. admin Says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by Barbara. I hope you both enjoy this salad!

  12. Laura @MotherWouldKnow Says:

    What a fabulous idea for party food. I’m definitely going to try it at my next barbecue. Thanks for stopping by our Happy Holidays Link Party – be sure to join us again this week (beginning on Saturday at 7 pm ET) and every week through the holidays.

  13. admin Says:

    Thanks for such a fun link party Laura!

  14. GGB Says:

    What a fantastic idea. So practical I love it. I never would have thought to do this in a million years. Now that is a salad to go!

  15. admin Says:

    It’s so fun to eat and tastes yummy too!

  16. susan Says:

    Yum, always looking for ideas to dial up our eating experience. This does it. Thank you! I am thinking of changing this up with a spring theme for Easter…asparagus, goat cheese cubes, ham…the ideas are limitless!

  17. admin Says:

    They sure are Susan. Have fun! 🙂

  18. Libby with Lemony Thyme Says:

    This is my kind of meal. Healthy and served up fun on a stick!!

  19. Natalie Says:

    So cute. I bet I could get my kids to eat salad if I served it like this 🙂

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  21. Mohamed Elhosary Says:

    do you think this salad is healthy enough for peoples who have high uric acid like me , and what are best healthy food for me.
    Mohamed Elhosary

  22. admin Says:

    Sorry Mohamed, but I’m not a nutritionist so I’m not able to help you here.

  23. Richard Friesen Says:

    Looks amazing! Thanks!

  24. Brian Ward Says:

    Well, i’ve never tried salad stick before. It makes salad more fun to eat. I’d try it this weekend.

  25. admin Says:

    Have fun Brian!
    All the best,

  26. Laura Ehlers Says:

    Yum!! I will be making these for our weekend sail!!

  27. admin Says:

    Have fun Laura!
    My best,

  28. Jack Blake Says:

    These look GREAT and more importantly, they are healthy. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

  29. admin Says:

    My pleasure Jack.
    All the best,

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    […] COURTESY SKINNY KITCHEN WITH NANCY FOX Forget a boring salad bowl. Instead, slide romaine lettuce, black olives, salami, and other fresh ingredients on skewers (have Caesar dressing nearby for drizzle!) with this clever medley from Skinny Kitchen. […]

  31. admin Says:

    Kelsey, Thanks for including my Italian Salad on a Stick in your delicious grouping!
    All the best,

  32. Graham Says:

    Great recipe and presentation. Making healthy food fun, interesting and attractive is always helpful for people trying to make important health changes in their life. Well done, keep it up.

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