Category Archives: Salads

Healthy Italian Style Salad


Healthy Italian Style SaladYesterday, I stopped at the store on my way home to pick up a couple of things. A huge smile spread across my face when, for the first time ever, I finally saw canned artichokes in water…not oil! My brain started cranking out ideas of what I could make with this.

When I was little and we would go visit my Grandma out of town she would always take us out to eat. One of her favorite restaurants was a place called Antonio’s. The pizza there was good, but the salad was AMAZING! And it was so simple, lettuce, toasted pepperonis, cheese and a really tasty house dressing. That salad sure would taste good with some artichokes! I had everything I needed at home already, so I decided to make this.

It tasted great, and brought back memories of my Grandma.

Healthy Italian Style Salad


  • lettuce (any type or spinach)
  • 12 slices of turkey pepperioni
  • 8 medium sized black olives, sliced
  • 5 or more artichoke quarters (packed in water)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat Italian Cheese
  • ground black pepper (to taste)
  • dried basil (to taste)


  1. Toast the turkey pepperoni in the toaster oven. If you do not have a toaster oven you can just use your oven, set on broil.
  2. Put the lettuce in the bowl. Top with olives, artichokes, pepperoni and cheese.
  3. Drizzle olive oil and red wine vinegar on top. Add ground black pepper and dried basil to taste.

I just realized I could have also added tomato!

If you are on Weight Watchers this recipe prepared as is has a PP value of 7. Looking to save a few points? Omit the cheese and then it would only be 4 PP.




Sandwich Salad


Not quite sure what to call this one. It has all of the ingredients I love on a sandwich, so I guess I will just call it the sandwich salad.
In order to pack it as a lunch I just pack the lettuce separate, and throw all the toppings in together like pictured below.

So what exactly is pictured in that mix of stuff?! On the bottom, there are banana pepper rings (from a can) and a little juice from those peppers. There is 1 slice of Provolone cheese, and some chicken lunch meat. Oh yeah, and a pickle (my favorite ingredient). I splash a little bit of balsamic vinegar on top and some freshly ground black pepper. Usually, I also have tomato slices, however all of my tomatoes were nasty and needed to be thrown away.

Here is a picture from the side so that you can see about how much of each ingredient is in the container.

When lunchtime rolls around I just dump the “toppings” onto the lettuce and enjoy it.

Sweet and Salty Salad


Over the weekend, the hubby and I ventured out to Costco. Since it is just the two of us, buying bulk doesn’t always make sense. However, Costco has a great selection of individually wrapped items, and items that can be easily frozen. With that being said, readers beware, the next week or two may be filled with items that can be purchased at Costco. Oh, and did I mention we spent under $150 (for Hawaii that’s pretty cheap considering we have enough food for over 2 weeks).


This salad is the perfect concoction of sweet and salty. It helps to load you up on veggies, fruits and also adds in protein with the cheese.

Here are the ingredients that I throw together:

Lettuce, any type (I used 50/50 spring mix and baby spinach, about $5 for the huge tub at Costco)

Sliced purple onion (already had on hand and sliced prior to making the salad, also sliced my thumb)

Baby sweet peppers (one of my favorite new foods to eat, and they also sell these at Costco. I cut them all up, keep half in the fridge and freeze half for later)

Goat Cheese (I put about 1 oz in. 2 huge logs of it at Costco is only $6 and it has a great shelf life)

About 1/2 sliced pear (already had this)

Balsamic Vinegar (When eating at home I put it right on the salad, farther down I explain how I make it when packing it)

Montreal Steak Seasoning (optional yet delicious!)


The sweet flavor comes from the pear, and sweet peppers. The saltiness comes from the goat cheese and steak seasoning. My taste buds thoroughly appreciate the blend of sweetness and salt. Best of all, combining the two of them leaves me craving free at the end of the meal.


When I take salads for lunch, I really prefer for them to not be a soggy mess when I eat them. To prevent that from happening, this is how I packed my salad. (I ate my fruit on the side)

Basically, I pack the salad separate, the cheese separate, and then combine the onion, pepper, balsamic vinegar and steak seasoning.

It works out great, and it also ends up smelling really nice. My co-workers who I eat lunch with often comment about how good this salad looks/smells when I pack it. I think the key is those yummy little sweet peppers!