Skinny, Crunchy, Vietnamese Chicken Salad

viet chicken salad

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)


Instructions

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


Healthy Benefits
Thanks to the romaine, cabbage, red bell peppers and cucumbers, each salad has 8 grams of fiber!


Shopping Tips

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

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!