Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Simple Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Parmesan
I've made this simple salad twice since somehow happening upon a youtube video from the old Lifetime Television Show: Cook Yourself Thin, featuring it.
Have you noticed that in our modern world, healthy cooking shows never last very long?
They come and go quickly, while those featuring the over-the-top fattening stuff seem to run forever!
Now wonder eating right and losing weight can be so challenging.
Simple and flavorful, this simple salad is easy to toss together with ingredients I mostly have on hand - arugula (or other salad greens), sunflower seeds and parmesan.
The dressing is vinegar and white truffle oil, but I just used plain old olive oil instead....
Skinny on Simple Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Parmesan
If you aren't familiar with arugula, it's bright and peppery tasting. Feel free to substitute whatever lettuce you prefer. I used a combination of spinach and arugula because it's what was in the fridge.
Same goes with the oil and vinegar. The only essential kitchen tool for this simple salad is a Microplane Grater, which makes finely grating Parmesan a breeze.
According to my calculations this salad has about 72 calories, *2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
Simple Arugula Salad Recipe Variations
no arugula? - substitute your favorite salad greens
no sherry vinegar? - use whatever vinegar you like best. Wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, flavored vinegar, etc. Or substitute fresh squeezed lemon juice.
no sunflower seeds? - substitute whatever nut or seed you prefer. Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, pine nuts, chopped walnuts, slivered almonds, etc.
no Parmesan? - feta, asiago or a bit of blue cheese would all be nice
If you enjoy this arugula salad with Parmesan and sunflower seeds, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes including Weight Watchers Italian Arugula Salad, Trader Joe's Chicken Flatbread with Arugula, Mixed Greens with Apples and Cheddar, Favorite Mason Jar Salads for WW and Weight Watchers Cucumber Salad.
Simple Arugula Salad Recipe with Sunflower Seeds and Parmesan
- 2 cups arugula (or your favorite salad greens) (0SP)
- Pinch of salt (0SP)
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (1SP)
- 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar (or your favorite vinegar) (0SP)
- 2 teaspoons sunflower seeds (toasted and salted (1SP)
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese (1SP)
- Place the arugula in a large bowl. Add a pinch of salt.
- Drizzle on the vinegar and oil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of the sunflower seeds and toss to combine.
- Add in the Parmesan cheese and toss again.
- Sprinkle on the remaining seeds. Enjoy immediately.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Another Yummy Looking Salad from Lifetime's Cooking Yourself Thin: Candy Salad with Strawberries, Blueberries, Walnuts, Feta Cheese…
More Weight Watchers Friendly Salad Recipes with Arugula:
Lemon, Parmesan & Arugula Salad (LaaLoosh)
Arugula & Apple Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans (SlenderKitchen)
Watermelon, Arugula & Feta Salad (SkinnyTaste)
Farro Salad with Peas & Arugula (Cookin'Canuck)
Arugula Salad with Crispy Prosciutto, Parmesan & Fried Eggs (SkinnyTaste)
5-Minute Pea & Arugula Pesto Pasta Salad (EatYourselfSkinny)
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