Ham, Cheese & Sweet Pepper Salad Jar

A healthy twist on a classic ham and cheese sandwich, this salad boasts peppery arugula and lightly sautéed bell peppers with a sharp, tangy Dijon dressing.

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Maya Visnyei

Nutritional Bonus: The bell peppers in this salad contain a wide range of antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids, nutrients involved in protecting your body’s cells from free radical damage. This salad is also low in calories – with just 160 per jar, it’s sure to become a regular in your lunchtime rotation.

Cook Time
15 min
15 min


  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 each red, yellow and green bell pepper, thinly sliced (Alternatively, use three-quarters of any variety of bell pepper.)
  • 3 tbsp sliced green onions, divided
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped, divided
  • 4 tsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 oz all-natural uncured sliced black forest ham, sliced into strips (TRY: Applegate Naturals Uncured Black Forest Ham)
  • 1/2 oz sliced low-fat provolone cheese, sliced into strips
  • 1/4 cup arugula


  • 1 2-cup glass jar with lid


  1. Mist a small sauté pan with cooking spray and heat on medium. Add bell peppers and sauté, stirring constantly until softened, 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 tbsp onions and 1 tsp thyme. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool in pan.
  2. Prepare dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, Dijon, remaining 1 tsp thyme, oil and black pepper.
  3. Build salad: Add dressing to bottom of jar. Layer ham, bell pepper mixture, remaining 1 1/2 tbsp onions, cheese and arugula. Cover with lid and refrigerate. Just before serving, shake jar to distribute dressing. Make up to 1 day in advance.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 jar
  • Calories 160
  • Carbohydrate Content 11 g
  • Cholesterol Content 25 mg
  • Fat Content 9 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 479 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 0 g