Chef’s Choice: Skinny Grilled Cheese Salad

Queenbee and I have recently fallen in love with a salad that I created not to long ago. It’s kind of a Caesar salad/grilled cheese sandwich mashup, designated to become great from the moment it all came together. I have never seen a salad like it, and I probably never will. That’s what makes it so good, there’s nothing like it! As if you needed any more encouragement, it is one of the few low-calorie salads with a creamy dressing. Yes, I said a creamy dressing. Be not afraid, you know you’re tired of that loathsome vinaigrette.;) This episode of Delicious Food 101 features The Chef, Queenbee, and Friar Tyst.

The Chef: “Queenbee, how do you like this salad?” Queenbee: “This is really good, better than a restaurant!” The Chef: “That is high praise indeed.”

The Chef: “Friar Tyst, I made that salad Queenbee likes so much, want to try it?” Friar Tyst: “…chewing….swallowing….Now that’s a salad!” The Chef: “Friar Tyst, as you obviously have a problem telling us how you really feel (sarcasm warning), could you put your opinion in terms that we can understand?” Friar Tyst: “Most salads taste like a wet burp, but not this one.” The Chef: “…laughing…”

The Ingredients: 1 cup chopped Romaine lettuce, 1/2 slice whole grain bread, 1 1/2 tsp. butter, 1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, 1-2 tbsp. Great Value light thousand island dressing, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, black pepper, sea salt, and onion powder.

Preheat your oven to Broil. Melt the butter in your microwave and tear the bread into quarter-sized pieces. Toss the torn bread, melted butter, and spices together. Broil the croutons for four to six minutes or until crispy. Meanwhile, toss the chopped lettuce and cheese together in a small bowl or on a plate. When the croutons are done, remove them from the oven and immediately toss them with the other salad ingredients, this will make the cheese melty and delicious. Top your salad with dressing and enjoy!

Total Calories: One salad with 2 tablespoons of light thousand island dressing: 288-300 calories. 

Light, fresh, and delicious!



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