A Skinny Salad I Make Several Times a Week

I adore this delectable salad and make it all the time. It’s so colorful and full of texture and flavor. I especially love adding assorted fruits, a little chopped nuts and cheese to salad greens.  These flavors work really great together whether you’re serving it with turkey, beef, chicken or ham.  This salad comes together really quickly since I’m using a store bought light dressing.  The skinny for one serving is 113 calories, 5.5 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. Serve this as a first course salad or as a vegetarian salad for lunch. Toss in some chicken and it’s hearty enough as a main course salad for dinner…

Prep Time: 15 minutes


Ingredients

1 bag spring mix or field greens

1 large red or green apple, cored and chopped

½ cup red grapes, sliced in half

½ cup fresh blueberries

¼  cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

¼ cup dried cranberries

¼ cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled, reduced-fat feta cheese or Parmesan cheese, grated

¼ cup Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette Dressing or Girard’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette, see shopping tip


Instructions

1. In a large serving bowl, add all the ingredients except the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

2. When ready to serve, toss in salad dressing. Start with ¼ cup.  Add more dressing, if desired.

3. This salad can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.

Makes 6 side salads or 3 main course salads


Healthy Benefits

Apples contain fiber, vitamins A and C.

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and rank among the highest on a per servings basis. They’re an excellent source of vitamins C, K, fiber and manganese.

Grapes are a rich source of flavonoids and contain vitamins A, C, B6 and folate.

Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.  They’re also rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants.


Shopping Tips

Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette Dressing is really delicious. Although it doesn’t say reduced calorie and reduced-fat, it really is. One tablespoon contains 23 calories and about 1 gram fat. You’ll find it refrigerated where the lettuce is sold.

If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, another dressing that taste wonderful with this salad is Girard’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette. Most large supermarkets carry this dressing.


Weight Watchers
(old points) 2
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
3

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 side salad including Trader Joe’s dressing
113 calories, 5.5g fat, 3g protein, 14g carbs, 2g fiber, 137mg sodium, 9g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 side salad using regular dressing
147 calories, 10g fat, 3g protein, 14g carbs, 2g fiber, 253mg sodium, 9g sugar

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!