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Greek Salad – Weight Watchers Freestyle

I love eating salads…especially Greek salad. The only problem is the dressing can be loaded with fat.

I learned a little trick years ago to lighten up dressing made with oil.

I buy Good Seasons Italian Dressing quite often. It’s one of my favorite Italian dressings to make at home. Not only do I use it on salad, but it is also great as a marinade.

I was making the dressing when I happened to notice it said to reduce the fat replace half of the oil with water. I never thought to do that.

It worked great! The dressing still tasted delicious, but had half of the fat. I just had to make sure to shake the bottle really well to mix it up.

I basically use the same concept when making my Greek dressing. Instead of using 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil I use 2 tablespoons of the oil and 2 tablespoons of water.

There is also lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper in the dressing.

One serving of the salad dressing (3 tablespoons) used to be 8 Freestyle points, but it is now only 4 Freestyle points.

I used reduced fat feta cheese to also save points. 1/4 cup is only 2 Freestyle points vs. full fat feta cheese which is 12 Freestyle points. That’s a 10 point difference!

The rest of the ingredients I used are 0 point ingredients – tomato, cucumber, garbanzo beans and lettuce. I usually add red onion but I didn’t have any.

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Another great idea is to add boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It’s 0 points and will make your salad even more filling.

This is a salad that I take to work a lot. It travels really well. I just wait until lunch time to add the dressing.

Greek Salad - Weight Watchers Freestyle

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yield: 2 servings – 5 Freestyle points per serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 4 cups lettuce chopped (romaine or iceberg)
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat feta cheese
  • Optional: sliced red onion and boneless, skinless chicken breast

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl mix together the oil, water, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper.
  2. In a large bowl add the lettuce, cucumber, garbanzo beans, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and optional ingredients.
  3. Give the salad dressing a good stir and add it to the large bowl.

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2 thoughts on “Greek Salad – Weight Watchers Freestyle”

  1. When you are describing your dressing using Good Seasons Italian dressing, you didnt list it in the recipe that followed I noticed. Did I miss something? If you do use the GS packet, how much goes into this recipe…the wholepkg? Half? It sounds yummy.

    1. I just used the Good Seasons as a reference to explain that when I made that dressing I used half oil and half water to reduce the fat.

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