My husband and I are big fans of turkey ANYTHING- turkey breast, ground turkey, turkey sausage, turkey jerky…so we were thrilled to find turkey pastrami in the store a few months back. Luckily turkey is healthy so it’s a good obsession I guess and the turkey pastrami made by Jennie-O seems to fit that bill, except for being a bit high in sodium. (You have to pick your battles though, right?) We were using it for sandwiches when it occurred to me that it would be nice on a salad, so it was the inspiration for this deli style chopped salad. Oh, and another thing that makes it great is the Jarlsberg lite cheese, another find!
1 cup chopped lettuce (I used butter lettuce)
½ cup chopped mushrooms
½ cup chopped cucumber
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped tomato
½ cup chopped lean cold cuts/meat, such as turkey pastrami ,turkey, chicken, ham, (or a mix)
1 ounce of low fat cheese chopped into small cubes – such as american or swiss (I used 1 slice of Jarlsberg light)
2 tablespoons low fat ranch dressing
1 tablespoon honey mustard
1-2 teaspoons vinegar (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Chop up all the vegetables, cheese and meat into about ¼ inch cubes, put in a medium sized bowl and toss well. In a small bowl whisk together the ranch and mustard (plus vinegar, salt and pepper if desired) and pour over the salad. Toss to mix well and serve.
Makes 1 serving
Serving size: 1 large salad Calories 300 Protein 28 g Carb 30 g Fiber 5 g Sugars 14 g Fat 9 g saturated fat 3 g Sodium 900 mg
Variation: if you are watching sodium, use low sodium cold cuts and cheese