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roasted reuben layered salad

(3 ratings)
Recipe by
Kim Biegacki
Youngstown, OH

I really enjoy a good Reuben sandwich but not all the calories that come with it. So, I was thinking and thinking how could I make it healthier and less calories for everyone and still enjoy all the flavor of the Reuben and I came up with this salad. I am pleased that it worked out and that it is equally as delicious as the sandwich. Now my Aunt Linda thought it wouldn't work with roasting the lettuce but since it was only in the oven long enough to melt the cheese and heat the corned beef the lettuce stayed crunchy. It is a great way to serve a crowd and still have room for a yummy dessert.

(3 ratings)
yield 6 to 8 people
prep time 15 Min
cook time 5 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For roasted reuben layered salad

  • 1
    whole head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1
    bag of sauerkraut, drained (i used 1/2 of bag)
  • 1 lb
    sliced corned beef, chopped
  • 8 - 12 oz
    bag of swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 bottle
    thousand island or russian salad dressing
  • 1/2 md
    onion, sliced or diced then sauteed
  • 6 slice
    peppered bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 Tbsp
    horseradish sauce per serving (optional, i like a little kick to the dressing)
  • 6 slice
    pumpernickel rye bread, torn and toasted
  • olive oil
  • onion salt
  • garlic powder
  • caraway seeds

How To Make roasted reuben layered salad

  • 1
    For my croutons I added some olive oil to my torn bread and tossed them together. Then, I added some garlic powder and onion salt. If I had caraway seed I would have added it too. Then I baked them in oven for 10 minutes at 350.
  • 2
    I used an 11 by 15 glass dish and layered my chopped lettuce first.
  • 3
    Next layer your sauerkraut on top of the lettuce. (If you have some people who don't like the kraut just layer half of it) Then your chopped corned beef is next.
  • 4
    Now add your cheese and roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or so. Just till the cheese is melted.
  • 5
    Now, you can add your dressing now or just take it to the table. Add your sauteed onions, crumbled bacon and croutons on top after dressing.
  • 6
    Use a spatula or square server utensil to cut down through the meat and cheese to serve.
  • 7
    Here is what a Reuben Sandwich looks like here in Ohio at one of our most famous restaurants for this sandwich and it is all stacked up with corned beef. Now I know I cut some major calories by turning it into a salad intead. :-)