I know you’re going to LOVE this main course salad. It’s a Vietnamese-inspired take on chicken salad. It has wonderful bold flavors and great crunch from the shredded cabbage, carrots, chopped cucumber and red bell peppers. The dressing is delicious and semi-homemade. The base is a store bought light vinaigrette doctored up with peanut butter, lime juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. It’s simple and absolutely delicious with each serving having 320 calories, 14 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients for Dressing:
¼ cup Girard’s light Champagne Dressing or Trader Joe’s or any light Italian dressing, see shopping tips
2 tablespoons peanut butter, crunchy or creamy (I like unsalted peanut butter)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (red pepper)
Ingredients for Salad:
4 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
2 cups cabbage, shredded
1¼ cups cooked chicken breast, diced, see shopping tips
1 cup carrots, shredded
1 cup red bell pepper, diced
1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, for topping (optional)
1. In a small bowl, add all the dressing ingredients and whisk together. Be sure to keep mixing until the peanut butter dissolves. Refrigerate until ready to toss in salad.
2. In a large bowl, add all salad ingredients. When ready to serve, toss in dressing. Divide among 2 dinner size plates. Top each with chopped cilantro, if desired.
Makes 2 large main course salads
Thanks to the romaine, cabbage, red bell peppers and cucumbers, each salad has 8 grams of fiber!
Girard’s Champagne Vinaigrette is sold in most large supermarkets. Trader Joe‘s makes one too. If you can’t find this vinaigrette, you can use any light Italian dressing,
I love the cooked grilled chicken strips sold in packages at Trader Joe’s. Or, buy a store bought cooked chicken and just use the chicken breasts with the skin removed.
Weight Watchers SmartPoints 6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 8
|SKINNY FACTS: for 1 large main course salad
320 calories, 14g fat, 2g sat. fat, 62mg chol, 33g prot, 22g carbs, 8g fiber, 368mg sodium, 6g sugar
|FACTS: for SmartPoints
250 calories, 2g sat. fat, 1g sugar, 26g protein