Springtime Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Melt

Sometimes the simple to prepare meals are the tastiest.  This open-faced delight surely delivers.  First, I’ve layered a skinny ham salad, steamed asparagus and reduced-fat cheese on top of toasted garlic bread. Next, placed in the oven to melt.  It might sound like a strange combination but wait until you taste it.  Each delectable serving has 221 calories and 7.5 grams of fat. It’s delicious and perfect to serve for brunch or lunch.
Springtime Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Melt

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 8 halves (serve 1 piece per person with a salad)

Food Fact

Ham is the favorite choice at Easter.  In America though, lamb and turkey are gaining popularity.

Shopping Tip

Be sure to start with a chunk of ham not thinly sliced.  The ham salad should be chunky.

Weight Watchers 
(old points) 5
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
221 calories, 7.5g fat, 17g protein, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 780mg sodium, 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 serving
435calories, 30g fat, 25g protein, 17g carbs, 2g fiber, 1255mg sodium, 1g sugar


Springtime Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Melt

Springtime Ham, Asparagus and Cheese Melt

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 221 kcal


  • 4 slices sourdough wheat bread or cracked wheat sourdough bread
  • 4 tablespoons reduced-fat butter
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder with parsley (I like Lawry’s)
  • 2 cups lean ham or turkey ham, chopped (from a thick slice)
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise (I like Best Foods Light)
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 16 asparagus spears, steamed
  • 6 slices reduced-fat Swiss or Jarlsberg cheese, cut in half


  • Toast each slice of bread.  Spread each with ½ tablespoon of butter.  Sprinkle each with garlic powder. Cut each piece in half and place on a baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, mix together ham, mayonnaise and mustard. Place ham salad on top of garlic bread.  Place 2 asparagus spears over the ham salad.  Top each with cheese slices.
  • Broil 3 to 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated and lightly browned.  Serve with a fork and knife.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 221kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 17gFat: 7.5gSodium: 780mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gPlus Points: 5
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