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Ham & Two Bean Salad
I love salads, but I don’t eat them as much in the colder autumn/winter months, preferring comfort foods instead. I’m sure I’m not alone in that!
However, spring is around the corner and salads will be making a reappearance in our diets once more – hooray!
I made this ham and bean salad using gammon steaks – you know those (often) round-shaped steaks that come in a pack of two?
Nice meaty pieces of ham, instead of thin slices in a packet. Cut off the visible fat and grill for a few minutes on each side.
This cut of ham can be very salty, but I found that the dressing cuts through that nicely, and there is no need for added salt to the dressing either.
The two beans could be any kind of bean that you like (just not baked beans!). I used butter beans and cannellini beans, but chickpeas would be great, so would pinto beans.
The salad dressing is made using fat-free vinaigrette mixed with some red wine vinegar.
I’ll be honest and say I am not a fan of the fat-free vinaigrette, and there are times when I will choose to have a tablespoon of olive oil for 6 Syns instead.
However, in the interest of keeping this recipe FREE, I’ve stuck to the fat-free version of the dressing.
This recipe for Ham & Two Bean Salad serves 4 and is Free when Food Optimising. It is also suitable for Extra Easy SP.
This ham salad recipe has been adapted from an official SW magazine. I usually adapt recipes to suit my family’s personal tastes.
This might be leaving out an ingredient we don’t like (e.g., celery), adding more or fewer ingredients (e.g., chilies or spices), or tweaks to the way the original recipe is prepared (e.g., cooking in the oven instead of under the grill/broiler).
As a family, we are all trying to eat healthier and lose some weight, so you can rest assured that any changes I make are going to be Slimming World friendly.
So for example, I wouldn’t replace 5% beef mince (Free) with 20% beef mince (not Free) or add olive oil to a recipe without including the Syn count.
All of the SW friendly recipes I share on The Purple Pumpkin Blog have been made by me and tried and tested by my family.
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More Slimming World Friendly Recipes
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- Slimming World Fish Pie
- Kung Pao Chicken (Slimming World Friendly Recipe)
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- 1 (400g) can butter beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (400g) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 400g red and yellow cherry tomatoes, cut in half, divided
- 1 red onion, finely diced
- 100g sugar snap peas, finely sliced
- 25g fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- 1 Tbsp fat-free vinaigrette
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp mustard powder
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- 4 ham, bacon, or gammon steaks, visible fat removed
- 4 baby gem lettuces
- Place the beans, three-quarters of the tomatoes, onion, sugar snap peas and parsley into a large bowl.
- Make the dressing by placing the remaining tomatoes, vinaigrette, red wine vinegar, mustard powder, and garlic into a food processor and blend till smooth.
- Pour over the bean mixture and toss together.
- Cook the ham steaks on a non-stick griddle pan or under the grill/broiler on high for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
- Cut into bite-size pieces and add to the bean mixture and toss to combine.
- Separate the baby gem lettuce into leaves and divide between four plates.
- Top with the ham and bean mixture and serve.
- Slimming World Syns per serving: FREE when Food Optimising.
- This is an Extra Easy SP recipe.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 462Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1583mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 15gSugar: 10gProtein: 47g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
About Slimming World
Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan is a healthy, flexible approach, based on everyday foods, to help people lose weight without ever going hungry. It’s a practical, family-friendly plan that fits easily into everyday life and doesn’t require complex weighing and measuring or obsessive calorie counting. – Slimming World
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I am not a doctor or dietician, or providing medical advice and hold no responsibility for the complete accuracy of calorie counts and nutritional information. And where applicable, Syns in Slimming World friendly recipes. I advise you to check your own resources if you are using recipes to lose weight. All weight-loss programs should be followed on advice from a doctor.