Easy Italian Chopped Salad Stuffed Shells

These tasty and colorful low-calorie treats consist of a simple to make Italian chopped salad mounded into cooked pasta shells.  You can prep everything the night before and then add the dressing and stuff the shells an hour before your guests arrive.  They’re easy enough to pop right in your mouth but some might want it served on a small plate with a fork and knife.  The skinny for 1 stuffed shell, 73 calories, 3 grams of fat. This delightful appetizer can also be served as a first course, light lunch, or brought to a potluck or picnic. Watch them quickly disappear!
Easy and Low Calorie, Italian Chopped Salad Stuffed Shells Appetizer

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 24 stuffed shells

Shopping Tips

I really love Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette.  It’s one of the better-tasting store-bought bottled dressings.  It’s sold in most large supermarket chains in the salad dressing aisle.  I found it at Von’s/Safeway and Gelsons. Another dressing that would work would be Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing. If your market doesn’t sell either of these, use one of the other brands of Light Italian vinaigrette or Light Caesar dressings.
My favorite light salami is a brand called, Columbus Lite Italian Dry Salami.  You’ll most likely find it in the deli section of the supermarket.  There are other brands available in the luncheon meat section of the supermarket.

Serving Tip

You can stuff this chopped salad in endive leaves instead of the pasta shells.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 stuffed shell
73 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat. fat, 6mg chol, 3g protein, 9g carbs, 1g fiber, 195mg sodium, 1g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
68 calories, 0g sat. fat, 2g protein, 1g sugar


Easy and Low Calorie, Italian Chopped Salad Stuffed Shells Appetizer

Easy Italian Chopped Salad Stuffed Shells

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 24
Calories 73 kcal


  • ½ cup Cardini’s Light Caesar Vinaigrette Dressing or Girard’s Light Caesar Dressing, refrigerated,  see shopping tips
  • 24 jumbo pasta shells (~ 8 ounces)
  • 1 bag romaine lettuce, chopped into small pieces
  • cups cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in fours
  • 1 cup cucumbers, peeled and chopped
  • cup reduced-fat salami, chopped, see shopping tip
  • cup (about 20) Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced into pieces
  • ½ cup garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook shells according to package directions (al dente). Rinse in cold water.
  • In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients.
  • Start with ½ cup dressing and toss lightly. Add a little more, if desired.  Stuff each cooked shell.


Serving: 1stuffed shellCalories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 3gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 195mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gBlue Smart Points: 2Green Smart Points: 2Plus Points: 2
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  1. Hi Nancy I can’t wait to try this recipe it looks great. I have used many many of your recipes and love them all.
    Always look forware for the next one. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!!

  2. So nice, Faye! Many thanks for joining me!
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.
    All the best,

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