Protein Packed Low Carb Salad (Trim Healthy Mama “S”)
Down the road from my office is a little Italian hole in the wall type of place. They have yummy food but Italian and being able to button my pants don’t usually work together. It’s like I can have one or the other. I’m also not a salad kinda girl when there are delicious things like manicotti and lasagna available. But I decided to be good one day and got what they called their “Mama’s Salad.” Much to my surprise, it was a delicious and filling protein packed low carb salad that satisfied me (and kept that pesky pant button comfortably closed).
Since I also like saving money, spending $7 or $8 on a salad during my lunch hour isn’t something I want to do every day. So here I have found a way to recreate it at home. It is super simple and you can throw it together in just a few minutes.
First, gather your ingredients. I used baby spinach for my base but you could sub mixed greens or romaine. You also need to grab your protein. Today I used ham lunchmeat and pepperoni. I like to use thinly sliced salami as well but I was out. You also want a sliced cheese. My preference is a freshly sliced cheese from the deli because it crumbles less but anything will work.
Next, place one slice of cheese on a cutting board. Layer on your meats – I did pepperoni and then a slice or two of ham.
Then you are going to roll it up jelly roll style. If the cheese cracks, don’t worry about it just keep rolling. I try to “Squish” it down (like that culinary term?) to help it all stay together.
Slice them into about 1/2 inch pieces. The rolling style of the meat and cheese is the secret to this protein packed low carb salad. There is something about the big, thick slices of meat and cheese that make it seem more filling.
Simply place the rolls on top of your greens and top with your favorite dressing. I use ranch to add in some extra fats when I am eating Low Carb/Keto/THM. If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this is an “S” meal.
I hope you love this easy protein packed low carb salad option for lunch or dinner. If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, check out this post with 6 easy THM lunch options.