Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Cauliflower Bacon Salad

This recipe is quickly becoming my favorite side dish. My daughter loves it and she isn't even on a diet!  I plan on bringing it to barbecues and family events instead of potato salad.

Makes 8 servings (1 cup each)
WW+ points:  3

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup green pepper, sliced or chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup red pepper, sliced or chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, uncooked
  • Onion, either green onions or red onion, in an amount to your preference, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise light (35 calories per T)
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar substitute

1. In 8 cup container, combine cauliflower, peppers, onion, cheese and bacon
2. In bowl stir sugar substitute into mayonnaise and then add to container over vegetables
3. Stir together and refrigerate several hours or overnight, stirring a few times
4. Stir before serving
Salt and pepper can be added (I prefer mine a bit sweet so I don't add salt)
You can use either one whole green or red pepper if preferred, I just like using half of both for the color.
No need to cook the peas, they defrost in the salad in a short period of time

Nutritional Info:

Calories 131

Fat 6.5 g
  Saturated 1.1 g
Carbs 10.9 g
Fiber 3.9 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 9.2 g
Sodium  188 mg   


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Seven Layer Salad

I recently decided to make one of my favorite overnight salads, a recipe that I originally got from my sister-in-law: the Seven Layer Salad.  As I made it I added up the points and was happy to learn that it was Weight Watchers friendly! One serving is very generous and filling! Here it is:

Makes 4 generous servings

Weight Watchers Points:
Total Salad - 20 Points
Per Serving - 5 Points

1 head Iceberg Lettuce
1/2 cup purple onion
I head cauliflower
Peas, canned or frozen, approximately 1 cup (add 3 pts for each additional cup)
1 jar Bacon Bits or equivalent crispy fried bacon
8 Tablespoons reduced fat mayonnaise
1/2 to 1cup grated Parmesan cheese, enough to cover


In a large cylindrical container with airtight lid, layer ingredients in the following order:

Bite sized pieces of Lettuce
Thinly sliced or diced purple onion
Bite sized pieces of cauliflower
Peas (if using frozen no need to cook)
Bacon bits or crumbled bacon

Spread mayonnaise over salad like you are frosting it.  Be sure to cover salad entirely right to the edges. (Leaving holes or not frosting to the edge will allow flavors to escape and lettuce to wilt.)

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of mayo.

Cover tightly and refrigerate several hours or overnight.  Overnight is best.

Scoop out a serving, mix it up and enjoy!!

Note: Points may vary based on the mayonnaise you use and if you add more bacon, etc.  Also I didn't put this in the WW recipe builder, but instead just added points for the items that weren't vegetables. I rounded up for my total point count. Double check for your own purposes.