This colorful, low fat, high fiber salad was a real hit when I first tested it on my girlfriends when they came over for dinner. I knew they really liked it when they all asked for the recipe! It’s so easy to make, super satisfying and chock full of yummy Italian flavors. I especially love the flavor of the peperoncinis in this salad. They give it a little zip! The skinny for 1 main course salad, 171 calories, 5 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 bag romaine lettuce
3 cups fresh spinach, (from a bag) chopped
1½ cups (6 ounces) diced cooked turkey breast, see shopping tip
1½ cups fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced int half or tomatoes chopped
½ cup red onions, diced
½ cup peperoncini or banana pepper, sliced, see shopping tip
1 (2¼ oz) small can black olives, sliced
1 cup white kidney beans (cannellini beans) rinsed and drained
1 cup yellow bell peppers, diced
1 cup red bell peppers, diced
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Girards Light Caesar or Champagne dressing, Cardini’s Light Caesar vinaigrette or your favorite light Italian-style dressing
6 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated, optional
1. In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients except salad dressing and cheese. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
2. To serve: toss in dressing and divide among 6 plates. Sprinkle each salad with 1 tablespoon Parmesan, if desired
Makes 6 main course salads (about 2¼ cups each)
Peperoncini also spelled pepperoncini, are a type of mild, yellow-green chili pepper. They are in the same botanical family as bell peppers and many other hotter varieties of chili peppers. Most of us know peperoncinis as pickled peppers, which are preserved in vinegar in commercially packaged jars. Banana peppers or yellow wax peppers may also be sold as peperoncini.
Kidney beans that are white in color are known as cannellini beans.
I bought my sliced turkey breast from Trader Joe’s. They sell it in 8 ounce packages. I like their Italian-style. You can buy sliced turkey breast in all supermarkets in the deli aisle or have them slice it for you from the deli counter.
Peperoncini are sold in jars in the same aisle where pickles and olives are sold. They either come whole or sliced. Banana peppers are much milder and will also work for this recipe. Store the jar in the refrigerator once opened. They are great to add to salads and sandwiches.
Photo of salad tossed and topped with Parmesan cheese:
Weight Watchers (old points) 3
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course salad including dressing (not including cheese)
171 calories, 5g fat, 13g protein, 21g carbs, 6g fiber, 322mg sodium, 1g sugar,
|FAT FACTS: for 1 main course salad
350 calories, 16g fat, 34g protein, 16g carbs, 4g fiber, 1210g sodium, 3g sugar