Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Summer means salads, but salads generally mean mayonnaise, something I've never been fond of eating (thank goodness there's one high calorie thing I dislike!). I was very pleased to find this alternative in my Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook. Like most WW recipes, if you don't tell, no one will know. The dressing is absolutely delicious; the salad is best served at room temperature; and, you can feel virtuous because you're getting in your veggies, legumes, and good fats. It doesn't hurt that the salad is yummy either. Leftovers, if you have any, taste even better because they have a chance to absorb the vinaigrette. Preparation time, including boiling the potatoes and steaming the green beans, is still under 30 minutes. I doubled the recipe and was very glad I did.

Serves 4
3 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tbs dry white wine
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp salt (more to taste)
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper (more to taste)
1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbs canola oil
1 large scallion, finely chopped
1/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 lb new or small red potatoes, cooked and cooled (skins on), then quartered1 1/4 cups fresh green beans, cut in 1-inch pieces and steamed until crisp-tender
1/2 cup red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, wine, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the olive oil and canola oil a little at a time, whisking constantly. Mix in the scallion and walnuts.

In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, green beans, and kidney beans. Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature about 1 hour. Toss again before serving.

Each serving has just 3 WW points. With the addition of some protein, this could be a main dish lunch or dinner.


  1. This looks perfect for summer parties. I have bookmarked this one, Arlene! Sorry to hear the deer ravage your garden. We are in the middle of a lot of corn fields from neighboring dairy farms, so I guess they get enough to munch on. But I am having trouble underneath from meadow voles who chow down on my plant roots, so that's given me a new research project.

  2. This sounds really tasty. I like the addition of the nuts in dishes like this.

  3. I'm beginning to like WW recipes a lot, Arlene. Thye are very flavorfull for such low calorie counts. The addition of walnuts in this recipe sounds so good.

  4. This sounds so good. I like the addition of green beans.

  5. I need a Weight Watchers Cookbook. With recipes like this one, I would never go hungry. :)


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