Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yummy Balsamic Arugula Side Salad Recipe for 2 Weight Watcher Points Or A Meal Salad for 6

I tried a couple of new recipes a Few weeks back.  I found the main turkey portion a little bland so I combined it with my salad, and the next thing I knew I had a delicious meal salad, so I thought I'd share three new recipes with you. 

Because I do  not like walnuts, I use toasted, sliced almonds, but see below for some delicious embellishments for just a couple points more too!

Basic Balsamic Arugula Salad for 2 Weight Watcher Points

Combine the following dressing ingredients as early as possible or the night before to allow flavors to blend nicely together in a small jar or container that you can shake easily before application to salad.  If you want to divide this salad up for multiple meals, do not apply dressing to entire salad, as it causes wilting, but if you think the whole salad will be eaten up right away, go ahead and toss into salad mixture and serve immediately.


2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar for 0 points
1 Tbsp. honey for 1 point
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley for 0 points
1 tsp. Dijon mustard for 0 points


6 c. baby arugula for 0 points
1/4 c. sliced red onion for 1 point
1/4 c. shaved Parmesan cheese for 1.5 points
2 Tbs. chopped almonds for 2 points

Yields: 4 Servings
Points: 2 points per serving

A delicious variation for this salad for only 2 more Weight Watchers points per serving is adding pomegranate arils (seeds) at 1 point per ounce and toasted pine nuts at 1 point per Tablespoon as shown in this photo for a Grand Total of 4 Weight Watchers points!


Turkey Tenderloin-Wrapped Asparagus


2 turkey breast tenderloins (about 1 lb. total)
16 thin, fresh asparagus spears
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper


Split each turkey breast tenderloin in half horizontally. Now you have 4 turkey steaks. Pound each piece of turkey in between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or baggies (to avoid splatter) and pound until about 1/4" thick.

Arrange 4 of the trimmed asparagus spears on the short end of each turkey steak and roll up. Secure with wooden toothpicks if necessary, but placing seem side down holds well.

Heat oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet and add turkey rolls. Cook until browned on all sides, turning to brown evenly.  Add broth, lemon juice, salt and pepper and bring to boiling. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink.

Transfer turkey-asparagus rolls to a plate, removing toothpicks. Cover and keep warm.

Boil liquid in skillet, uncovered, for 2 to 3 minutes or until reduced to about 1/2 cup and then spoon juices over turkey rolls.

Yields: 4 Servings
Points: 4 Points Per Serving

Nutrition Information: 176 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat fat); 68 mg cholesterol; 329 mg sodium; 3 g carbs; 1 g fiber; 28 g protein.

Now, for the meal salad, you combine the base salad recipe above (minus the pomegranate and pine nuts, although that may be good too) with the turkey-tenderloin recipe above as shown in the below photo for a total of 6 Weight Watcher Points!

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