Cannellini Champagne Salad

This is a super easy, fresh tasting, summer meal that requires no cooking. You just stir together the ingredients, and serve.

Yields: 2 servings
Cook Time: None

Cannellini Champagne Salad
Cannellini Champagne Salad

Ingredients:

5 green onions, sliced
12 grape tomatoes, sliced
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 (15.5oz) can cannelini white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 (5oz) cans tuna packed in water
3 Tbsp Girard’s Light Champaign Dressing

Mix all the ingredients together, divide among two plates, and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrition Disclaimer: I am not a certified nutritionist…these are just the calculations I’m pretty sure are close to correct. I use BodyMedia to generate my information.

Calories: 357
Fat: 6.1g
Saturated Fat: 0.4g
Cholesterol: 50mg
Sodium: 1718.1mg
Carbohydrates: 45.9g
Dietary Fiber: 13.8g
Sugar: 8.2g
Protein: 25.3g

Dietary Exchange: 2 ½ Starch, 2 ½ Meat, 2 Veg
Jenny Craig: This should fit right in as a lunch or dinner.
Weight Watchers: 8 Points (using calculatorcat.com).

As most of you know, I enjoy adding a lot of vegetables to meals so that I can eat more. It’s part of my whole “trying to stay healthy while admitting I’m a foodaholic” thing. So I’d like to note that adding more veggies to this dish is definitely doable. I just used what I had on hand. You could add cucumber, onion, red onion, sweet peppers, spinach, or use more of what’s already listed above.

Use these vegetables, or add some more of your own.
Use these vegetables, or add some more of your own.

I stick to the theory that you can eat as many veggies as you like without affecting your weight. If anything, eating more veggies should help you lose weight, because the healthier you are, the more likely your body will be to drop off it’s “reserves.”

However, I will admit that this recipe seems to have a lot of sodium. I accounted for ¼ tsp of sea salt per serving, but since the beans and the tuna are canned, there’s a lot of sodium coming from that. If you’re worried about your sodium levels, I wouldn’t add any salt to the mix. That should help.

As for the dressing, I love Girard’s Champagne dressing, but even the light version is pretty high in calories. You should see the regular version. Whew! Talk about making a salad unhealthy. So if you can’t find the light version at your grocery store, I’d recommend using a light Italian dressing instead, or maybe even just oil and vinegar. Heck, that way, this salad might end up even healthier! Healthy, yummy, and easy…always a good plan.

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