Healthified Layered Vegetable Salad

It’s the long weekend!!! I’m sure many of you are headed to cookouts, parties, and having a bunch of outdoor fun… So what will you be eating? I personally really am going to try to limit myself and NOT eat horribly, and when it comes to bringing something to one of those events, it WILL be healthy!

One of my favorite things in the summer is a layered salad, but it’s definitely not a ‘healthy’ salad by any means, so this summer I’m determined to eat my layered salad and keep it healthy, check out the Healthified Layered Veggie Salad….

6 cups torn mixed salad greens, such as Italian blend
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cups frozen sweet peas, cooked, drained
1 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin bite-size strips
2 medium stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup)
6 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and crumbled (I use turkey bacon instead of pork)
5 medium green onions, thinly sliced (5 tablespoons)

3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (I use fat free instead)
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons chopped fresh or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (2 oz)

Place salad greens in large salad bowl. In order given, layer remaining salad ingredients over greens.

In small bowl, mix all dressing ingredients except cheese until well blended. Spoon dressing over salad; sprinkle with cheese. Toss salad to coat.

Makes 10 servings (about 1 cup each)

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving (1 Serving), Calories 150, (Calories from Fat 80), Total Fat 9g, (Saturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 360mg; Total Carbohydrate 11g, (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 5g), Protein 6g; Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 90.00%; Vitamin C 70.00%; Calcium 10.00%; Iron 6.00%; Exchanges: 0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choices: 1; *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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June 29, 2011 – 9:58 AM - | Posted in recipes | 10 Comments »

10 Comments to “Healthified Layered Vegetable Salad”

  1. Colleen Says:

    That looks yummy and love the calorie count.
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  2. Penelope Says:

    Ooh, looks yummy!
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  3. Louise Says:

    Looks like a great healthy recipe. Can’t wait to try it
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  4. Shop with Me Mama (Kim) Says:

    I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this kind of salad and totally forgot about it, till now! I am making this this weekend!!! YUM 🙂
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  5. Lori A. Says:

    Minus the red bell peppers, this looks and sounds delicious!! I just might have to make this for our 4th of July gathering.

  6. Dee @ Cocktails with Mom Says:

    Healthy Salads = YUM!
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  7. Veronica Says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I am on a diet but with a salad like this I can feel like I am cheating a little. Love it. Stumbling too : )
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  8. Facial Exercise Says:

    It looks great minus the bacon! I will replace it with chickpeas for a veggie version.

    lyricsmama Reply:

    Ohhhhh!! Never thought of replacing the bacon with chickpeas GREAT idea, will be doing that next time I make it!

  9. ned Says:

    how good does that look! so refreshing and tasty!
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