If you're looking for a healthy potluck dish or a way to lighten up your holiday table, try out this Seven-Layer Salad. This recipe can be modified with many types of vegetables - even red and green if you're in the Christmas spirit!
8 cups shredded lettuce (romaine, mixed greens or spinach work)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup halved grape tomatoes, or other fresh diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
3 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled or chopped
3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp cider vinegar (or more if you like a thinner dressing)
1-2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- Place lettuce in a large bowl or a trifle dish if you want to see the layers. Layer peas, bell pepper, tomatoes, celery and scallions on top.
- Whisk dressing ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Spread the dresssing evenly over the top of the salad. Sprinkle with cheese, basil and bacon. Serve room temperature or chilled.
Tip: To make ahead, layer salad in bowl, cover and store in refrigerator. Top with dressing when ready to serve.
Nutrition facts: Serving: 1 cup
(121 calories, 7g fat (2g sat fat), 2g fiber, 11g carb, 5g protein, 77mcg folate, 13mg cholesterol, 5g sugar, 2g added sugar, 324mg sodium, 289mg potassium)