Low Carb Salad on a Stick, Italian-Style

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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


Ingredients

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


Instructions

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
2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
2
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