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Antipasto Chopped Salad
I am a huge fan of chopped salads. When veggies are chopped finely, you get a flavor explosion in your mouth as the ingredients mingle, thus requiring significantly less dressing. There are two key things to remember when attempting to master the perfect, restaurant-quality salad—always dry the lettuce well and remove the seeds from tomatoes and cucumbers. If you omit either of these steps, you’re pretty much guaranteeing a soggy salad.
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups finely shredded arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely slivered fresh basil leaves
  • 1-1/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella divided
  • 1 ounce 1/4 -inch cubes 97% lean deli ham
  • 1 ounce slivers or 1/4 -inch cubes reduced-fat salami
  • 1 medium Roma tomato seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely slivered roasted red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced jarred hot chiles
  • 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinaigrette
Servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups finely shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups finely shredded arugula leaves
  • 1/4 cup finely slivered fresh basil leaves
  • 1-1/4 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella divided
  • 1 ounce 1/4 -inch cubes 97% lean deli ham
  • 1 ounce slivers or 1/4 -inch cubes reduced-fat salami
  • 1 medium Roma tomato seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely slivered roasted red bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced jarred hot chiles
  • 2 tablespoons Red Wine Vinaigrette
Instructions
  1. Combine the lettuce, arugula, basil, mozzarella, ham, salami, tomato, bell pepper, and chiles in a large bowl and toss until well combined. Add the Red Wine Vinaigrette and toss until the dressing is evenly distributed. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

MAKES 5 CUPS; 1 (ENTRÉE) SERVING OR 3 (APPETIZER) PORTIONS

Each 1-Decadent-Disk portion (about 12/3 cups) has: 101 calories, 8 g protein, 7 g carbohydrates, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 13 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 306 mg sodium

Each 3-Decadent-Disk serving (5 cups) has: 304 calories, 23 g protein, 22 g carbohydrates, 16 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 38 mg cholesterol, 8 g fiber, 919 mg sodium

RED WINE VINAIGRETTE

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons honey mustard
1/2 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Pinch of salt Black pepper

Whisk the vinegar, mustard, honey, and garlic in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The dressing can be made up to 5 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

Makes a bit more than 4 tablespoons
Each 2-tablespoon serving has: 91 calories, <1 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, trace cholesterol, <1 g fiber, 132 mg sodium Recipe taken from Devin Alexander's THE MOST DECADENT DIET EVER! Copyright © 2008 by Devin Alexander published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House Inc. www.devinalexander.com Photo Credit: Theresa Raffetto

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