Not sure what made me create this colorful, fiber rich, salad but I love, love, love, it and think you will too! So yummy, I could eat it every week. It’s chock full of great, skinny, satisfying ingredients. It not only contains chopped romaine lettuce instead of iceberg and lean bacon, it also has chopped bell peppers, black beans, fresh corn cut off the cob and crunchy crushed reduced-fat tortilla chips. In addition it’s tossed it in a yummy reduced-fat cilantro dressing. Each very large main course salad has 283 calories, 8 grams fat, 9 grams of fiber and 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. If made with all regular, full fat ingredients, 1 serving has 616 calories and 45 grams of fat!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
12 strips, Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon, see shopping tips
8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped, see prep tip
2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup fresh corn, cut off the cob (~2 small cobs) or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cleaned cored and chopped
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup red onions, chopped fine
1 cup crushed reduced-fat tortilla chips (~18 chips), see shopping tips
½ cup Trader Joe’s Reduced-Fat Cilantro Salad Dressing, see shopping tips or make my recipe for Dreamy Skinny Cilantro Ranch Dressing
2 teaspoons honey
1. To cook the bacon-place on a microwave-safe plate two sheets of paper towels. Lay on top of paper towels 6 slices of bacon in a single layer. Lay another 2 sheets of paper towels on top of bacon. Cook in microwave until crisp (~ 4 to 5 minutes). Blot the cook pieces and set side. Repeat the steps with remaining 6 pieces, using more paper towels.
2. In a large bowl add the chopped romaine, tomatoes, corn, peppers, beans, onions and tortilla chips. Crumble in cooked bacon.
3. In a small bowl, mix together Trader Joe’s dressing and honey. If using my recipe for Dreamy Skinny Cilantro Ranch Dressing you don’t need to add the honey. Add dressing to salad and toss well. Add a little more dressing, if desired. Or, line each plate with lettuce. Divide and place all the ingredients in rows on top of lettuce, as shown in the photo. Serve with dressing on the side.
Makes 4 servings (about 4 cups each)
I’ve combed the supermarket shelves looking for one of the leanest regular bacon choices and Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon is my favorite, compared to most regular bacon. It’s much lower in fat and calories, 3 slices contain 70 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. Once cooked on paper towels, most of the fat soaks into the paper, not in the bacon, so the fat is further cut down.
In addition, I recently discovered a fantastic bacon. It’s called Applegate Farms Natural Sunday Bacon. It’s low in fat and calories, uncured and contains no nitrites! Many supermarkets carry this brand. I bought it at Vons/Safeway and Whole Foods. Here’s the link to their website: http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-sunday-bacon
Trader Joe’s Reduced-fat Cilantro Salad Dressing is a fresh dressing displayed in the refrigerated section, near the lettuces. It contains 45 calories and 3.5 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons. I’ve added a little honey to make this dressing really taste wonderful!
Cobb salads are best made with chopped lettuce. If using pre-washed bags of romaine, still chop all the leaves fine. This is simple to do if you stack a bunch of lettuce together first, then chop all at once.
This salad makes a delightful side salad too. It will serve 8 to 10 people.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 7
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 8
Weight Watchers (old points) 6
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (about 4 cups each) including dressing and tortilla chips
283 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat. fat, 10mg chol, 17g protein, 43g carbs, 9g fiber, 512mg sodium, 6g sugar
|FACTS: for SmartPoints
225 calories, 2g sat. fat, 6g sugar, 14g protein