Life is perfect when I gather together with the people I love. We barbecue sensational food, catch up on each other’s lives – and for us Seattleites, celebrate the warm weather.
As much fun as these barbecues are, if you’re watching your weight it’s not often that low calorie options are on the menu.
This can be a problem for a chip loving – potato salad loving – crackers and cheese loving – burger loving – fiend like myself!
My solution to this weight watching dilemma is to make an appetizing salad everyone can enjoy. This easy salad recipe uses the season’s freshest green beans, spicy basil, fruity olive oil and nutty Parmesan cheese to make a satisfying alternative to the typical potato salad.
Healthy cooking tip . . .
Salads like this are perfect for warm weather buffets. They can sit on the table a bit longer than salads that contain mayonnaise, eggs and meats – however, that doesn’t mean that they should sit for hours while everyone is playing badminton. About.com has valuable advice when it comes to keeping your family and friends healthy at your next gathering. Be sure to take a look at what they have to say.
Happy Labor Day!
- 1 cup green beans, cut in 1" pieces
- 1 cup wax beans
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ¼ cup sweet onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup basil, fresh and finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Steam beans until crisp-tender. Allow to cool and then add remaining ingredients. Serve immediately, or chill if desired.
Nutrition Per Serving
Calories: 77, Weight Watchers PointsPlus 2
Total Fat: 4.78g
Total Carbs: 6.29g
Dietary Fiber: 1.80g