Asian Chicken Salad with Skinny Shanghai Dressing



If you’re a Chinese chicken salad fan, you’ll surely become a fan of this unconventional one. It makes a super satisfying main course salad. I knew I was on to something when my husband asked for seconds! The dressing is fantastic, dark, rich, creamy, with a little bite. Each large portion has 355 calories, 11 grams of fat and 3 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints and 3 Green, including dressing.

Prep Time: 20 minutes (includes dressing)


Ingredients for Skinny Shanghai Dressing:

½ cup skinny ranch dressing or use store bought lite ranch dressing

¼ cup hoisin sauce

¼ cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons toasted or regular sesame oil

1 tablespoon ginger (from a jar), see shopping tips

1 tablespoon lite soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar


Ingredients for Salad:

2 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped

8 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

1 cup carrots, shredded

1 cup Chinese pea pods or sugar snap peas, diced

⅔ cup red bell pepper, diced

4 tablespoons scallions, chopped

6 tablespoons Skinny Shanghai Dressing


Instructions

1. Prepare Skinny Shanghai Dressing: First, make the skinny ranch dressing if you don’t have some on hand. No need to chill for an hour. Once made, add ½ cup to a medium bowl. Add all dressing ingredients and whisk together until well blended. Store in fridge until ready to use. Save remaining dressing for another use. Will keep for at least a week.

2. Add salad ingredients to a large bowl. Add 6 tablespoons dressing. Toss well. Divide among 2 dinner size plates or bowls.

Makes 2 servings


Food Facts
Most Asian-style salad dressings use oil for the base. I’m using my skinny ranch dressing to replace the oil. Amazingly, once the other ingredients are added, you’d never know there is ranch dressing in it. The results create a wonderfully thick, dreamy, low calorie dressing! 


Shopping Tips

Chopped or crushed ginger, in a jar, can be found in the produce section near garlic, in a jar.


Serving Tips

This dressing is so delicious to serve with any kind of Asian salad or garden salad. Makes a nice dip too!


WW Freestyle SmartPoints
3-Blue, includes dressing
WW SmartPoints 3-Green
WW Points Plus 9

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 main course salad including dressing
355 cal, 11g fat, 2g sat. fat, 101mg chol, 45g prot, 28g carbs, 8g fiber, 742mg sod, 15g sugar
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon dressing
26 calories, 2g far, 0g sat. fat, 1mg chol, 1g prot, 0g fiber, 122mg sod, 2g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints:
78 calories, 0g sat. fat, 3g protein, 6g sugar