This makeover of a Midwestern classic tops layers of lettuce, peas, bell pepper and tomatoes with a creamy, tangy dressing. The salad stays fresh underneath until it’s served and gets even better when held overnight.

10 servings, about 1 cup each II Active Time: 30 minutes II Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes , or quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Place lettuce in a large bowl. Layer peas, bell pepper, tomatoes, celery and scallions on top.
  2. Whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar to taste, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Spread the dressing evenly over the top of the salad (an offset spatula is handy for this, if you have one).
  3. Sprinkle with cheese, basil and bacon. Serve room temperature or chilled.

Nutrition

Per serving : 84 Calories; 4 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 7 mg Cholesterol; 10 g Carbohydrates; 5 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 355 mg Sodium; 234 mg Potassium; 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 1/2 fat

From EatingWell: May/June 2009

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