Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Best Light & Healthy Weight Watchers Salad Recipes
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Spring has sprung. It’s the time of year when I begin craving more light and healthy salads. I’ve scoured the archives and my favorite Weight Watchers Recipe websites to assemble a collection of 39+ Weight Watchers Salad Recipes that will make your tastebuds smile!
And while spring and summer is when we naturally turn to eating more salads, several of these light and healthy salads will work for us Weight Watchers any time of year.
You’ll find chicken salads, tuna salads, salmon salads, shrimp salads, vegetable salads, grain salads, fruit salads and more.
My Favorite Weight Watchers Salad Recipes
Trader Joes Easy Asian Chicken Salad (5 SmartPoints) – This is an even easier version of the Weight Watcher’s Crunchy Asian Salad I shared recently. Made with mostly ready-to-go ingredients from Trader Joe’s: shredded cabbage, broccoli slaw, cooked chicken, green onions, cilantro and Asian style spicy peanut vinaigrette, it comes together in minutes. No cooking required.
Skinny Broccoli Salad Combining broccoli, grapes, celery and sunflower seeds in a light and slightly sweet dressing, it’s a perfect summertime side dish solution (4 PointsPlus/SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Orzo Salad with Vegetables – This salad is definitely one I will make again. It’s easy, pretty and flavorful. Goes well with any kind of grilled meat, chicken or seafood. (5 PointsPlus/4SmartPoints)
Grilled Shrimp and Watermelon Salad is one of Gina from SkinnyTaste’s FAVORITES! Chopped romaine lettuce tossed with sweet, juicy watermelon, grilled shrimp and goat cheese and a golden balsamic vinaigrette sounds light, healthy and delicious. (8 PointsPlus / 7 SmartPoints)
Southwest Shrimp + Black Bean Salad – This simple Southwest Shrimp Black Bean Salad is an easy, healthy and delicious winner in my book. It’s perfect for a light one-dish lunch or supper for Weight Watchers. (5 PointsPlus / 6 SmartPoints)
Greek Turkey Feta Mason Jar Salad – My first salad in a jar, but not my last! The secret to success with these salads is the order in which you layer the ingredients. The dressing and any juicy ingredients go in first. Then heavy, sturdy things with the fragile lettuce going in last. That’s really all there is to it. (7 SmartPoints)
Salmon Egg Asparagus Salad – I got the idea for this salmon egg asparagus after seeing Gina’s Asparagus Egg Bacon Salad on SkinnyTaste. I made a few changes so it would work with what I had on hand: leftover roasted asparagus and a pouch of pink salmon. By using bottled vinaigrette and adding a couple handful of mixed greens, I was able to toss this salad together in minutes for a quick and easy lunch last week. (6 PointsPlus)
Pampered Chef Cheeseburger Salad made Weight Watchers friendly – A great easy recipe that will satisfy the whole family, young and old alike. If you’re looking for a salad dish with ground beef or are wondering what can I make with ground beef that would be easy, tasty and healthy, you may want to give this delicious cheeseburger salad a try. Its a family favorite Weight Watchers Salad Recipes. (6 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Doritos Taco Salad from Emily Bites. This dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser whether out at a party or at home on your dinner table. Doritos and tacos together in a waistline friendly salad – who wouldn’t want that? (4 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Southwestern Beef Salad with Chile Lime Dressing – This Southwestern Beef Salad with Chile Lime Dressing was a big hit when I made it for dinner recently. I liked it because it was easy to make. It’s a no-cook, one-bowl recipe, perfect for summer. All I had to do was some assembly. And Rod liked this Southwestern Beef Salad’s main ingredients: beef and corn. A winning combination in his book. (8 PointsPlus / 7 SmartPoints)
Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Made Skinny – from Skinny Kitchen with many of the same ingredients and a few skinny substitutes. It’s lower in fat and calories with fat-free feta cheese instead of Gorgonzola and fresh apple in addition to the apple chips. (5 SmartPoints)
Chicken Salad with Apples and Cranberries – This salad, which has been shared more than 85k times is a winner! Leftover rotisserie chicken, apples, celery, and dried cranberries in a light creamy Greek yogurt based dressing combine to create this light and delicious chicken salad with apples and cranberries. Which reminds me of a classic Waldorf salad – only lighter – and with chicken.
Weight Watchers Chicken Salad Recipes. All easy healthy and delicious with low calories and Weight Watchers Points Plus. 9 Weight Watchers Chicken Salads – To keep from getting board, I’m always trying out new Weight Watchers chicken salad recipes. Here are 9 of my favorites, all with calories and Points Plus including Chicken Avocado Salad, Grilled Chicken Greek Salad, Chicken and Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit, Satay Chicken Pasta Salad and more.
Healthy Crunchy Tuna Salad – Fresh and crisp, this healthy crunchy tuna salad is more cabbage than tuna, perfect when you’re craving a light but satisfying lunch. I added dried cranberries for a dash of color and sweet chewiness and a tiny bit of dijon mustard for tang. (Lemon juice would work too.) (4 PointsPlus / 3 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Salad Recipes – Vegetable, Fruit & Grain Salads
Warm Mushroom Asparagus Salad – from LaaLoosh is perfect for spring. Salads don’t always have to be cold as this this delicious warm mushroom and asparagus salad recipe perfectly demonstrates. (2 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing – Lightly steamed brussels sprouts, sliced and tossed with a simple maple mustard dressing, then topped with toasted chopped pecans. This sweet and tangy brussels sprouts salad makes a perfect side dish for a winter supper and was a great way to use up the bag of brussels sprouts lingering in the vegetable bin. (3 PointsPlus)
Sesame Kale Salad with Mangos and Blueberries – from Slender Kitchen. A great salad when you’re craving hearty, crunchy, good for you greens. Lacinto kale, sweet mango, tart blueberries, sliced almonds, coated in a simple homemade dressing of sesame oil, honey, rice wine vinegar, salt, and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes. I love that this salad will keep for a few days in the fridge. (6 PointsPlus / 5 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Red Potato Salad – I don’t think anyone would ever guess that it’s a Weight Watchers recipe. Everybody ate it up when I made it for Memorial Day. It’s a great basic old-fashioned All-American Potato Salad, lightened up with light mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. (3 PointsPlus)
Weight Watchers Salad with Chick Peas and Feta – This easy, healthy, and delicious WW salad is another winning recipe from the July 8-14, 2012 Weight Watcher’s Weekly. It makes a great satisfying lunch on a bed of greens and would be a nice change of pace from the typical potato salad or macaroni salad at your next summer potluck or barbecue. (4 PointsPlus / 5 SmartPoints)
Summer Salmon + Bread Salad – This summer salmon + bread salad makes a great easy, healthy lunch or dinner option that comes together in a matter of minutes. The only thing that needs cooking is the green beans. And if turning on the stove seems like too much work, you could always substitute chopped cucumber or zucchini instead. (9 PointsPlus)
Lemony Lentil Quinoa Salad – Low in fat and packed with fiber, this lemony lentil quinoa salad is as good for you as it is delicious. What more could a healthy Weight Watcher want? Each serving has 254 calories and *6 Weight Watchers Points Plus. I think it will work for Simply Filling, provided you count the oil as part of daily requirement. (Each serving has 1 teaspoon olive oil.) (6 PointsPLus)
Simple Summer Corn and Tomato Salad – Easy. Healthy. Fresh. Delicious. Wait to make this simple summer corn tomato salad, which I like even better than corn-on-the-cob, when corn and tomatoes are fresh and in season. (3 PointsPlus / 5 SmartPoints)
Warm Goat Cheese + Fig Salad – The flavors and textures of this warm fig and goat cheese salad is my attempt to recreate a recipe I first tasted in Paris decades ago. It delighted me in a way food never had done before and for which I am forever grateful. (6 PointsPlus)
Brown Rice, Tomato + Basil Salad – If you’re on the lookout for easy tasty Weight Watchers salad recipes this fits the bill. With just a handful of ingredients you can make it in minutes, especially if you have leftover brown rice in the refrigerator. It’s an oldie but goodie from the Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family that I first made years ago and adapted just slight for Weight Watchers. (4 PointsPlus)
Skinny Chopped Greek Salad – Chickpeas, cucumber, grape tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives and feta cheese tossed in a simple lemon olive oil dressing. If you’re a Greek salad fan, this is a fun twist that holds up for a couple of days in the fridge, making it a great choice to pack for work. (4 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Simple Shredded Carrot Salad – I slightly adapted this simple French shredded carrot salad, Carrottes Rapees, from one of my latest cookbook acquisition, The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day. I used only 1 tablespoon of olive oil, instead of 2, giving it a Weight Watchers PointsPlus Value (PPV) of 2. (2 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Healthy Asian Spaghetti Squash Salad – Embellished with red bell pepper, cucumber and scallion, it makes a great 0 SmartPoints side dish. Or turn it into a one-bowl meal by adding the protein of your choice. (2 PointsPlus / 0 SmartPoints)
Pasta Salad with Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Arugula – Filled with many of my favorite ingredients (pasta, arugula, blue cheese, grape tomatoes and walnuts), this is everything I want in a salad – easy to make, pretty to look at, and delicious to eat. It’s another winner from the Weight Watchers Weekly. (7 PointsPlus)
Classic Macaroni Salad Made Lighter – It doesn’t get more simple or delicious than this classic macaroni salad. Growing up, it was part of most picnics and backyard barbecues. To keep things Weight Watchers friendly, I substituted plain nonfat Greek yogurt for half the mayonnaise. So this is technically classic macaroni salad made lighter. (4 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Skinny Waldorf Salad – Diced apples, celery, red grapes, and dried cranberries in a light and creamy yogurt-based mustard-enhanced dressing. I think this updated Waldorf salad recipe, from 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness, by Camilla Saulsbury (that I modified only a little) is a winner. (2 PointsPlus)
Southwest Stop Light Quinoa Salad – This colorful tasty southwest quinoa salad is great on its own as a light lunch or served alongside grilled meat, chicken or fish for an easy healthy dinner. It’s a great gluten free Weight Watchers friendly alternative to rice, with only 4 Weight Watchers PointsPlus / SmartPoints per serving.
Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad – Ruby red grapefruit, orange and clementine slices topped with pomegranate seeds and toasted and drizzled with honey, this Winter Citrus and Pomegranate Fruit Salad is as colorful as it is healthy and delicious. (2 PointsPlus / 1 SmartPoint)
Easy Healthy Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries – This easy healthy broccoli slaw with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds makes a delicious quick and easy side dish or lunchtime salad. I think it’s the perfect combination of sweet, tangy, chewy and crunchy. And it’s simple to toss together. Especially if you begin with a package of broccoli slaw mix, which is exactly what I did. (2 PointsPlus / 4 SmartPoints)
Skinny + Delicious Fall Fruit + Grain Salad – Crunchy apples, juicy grapes, hearty grains, tangy dried cranberries, sweet chopped dates, and crunchy walnuts tossed with a luscious creamy vanilla-cinnamon yogurt dressing. All I can say is YUM. This easy, healthy satisfying salad works equally well for breakfast or lunch. Or as a side dish or snack. (6 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
Kale Salad with Apples + Dates – My new fall favorite is kale salad with apples and dates. Peter made it for us when he had a group of family and friends for dinner several weeks back. Everyone commented on how much they liked it and I’ve made it several times since. (4 PointsPlus / 3 SmartPoints)
Ina Garten’s Avocado Grapefruit Salad Made Lighter – A lighter healthier version of this Barefoot Contessa favorite by changing the ratios of grapefruit and avocado and skipping the step of dipping each avocado half in dressing. If you are concerned that your avocado slices will turn brown on you, simply dip them in lemon juice instead. (7 PointsPlus)
Simple Melon Cucumber Salad – Light and refreshing, crunchy, sweet and juicy, the combination of cucumbers and melon is very appealing on a hot summer day (1 SmartPoint)
Simple Arugula Salad with Sunflower Seeds and Parmesan – Simple and flavorful, this simple salad is easy to toss together with ingredients I mostly have on hand – arugula (or other salad greens), sunflower seeds and parmesan. The dressing is vinegar and white truffle oil, but I just used plain old olive oil instead. (2 PointsPlus / 3 SmartPoints)
Weight Watchers Skinny Cucumber Salad – The longer the cucumbers marinate the better this tastes. I placed mine in a plastic container that I could shake once in a while to coat the cucumbers in the marinade. A ziplock bag with the air squeezed out would work well tool. This works with Simply Filling too. Enjoy! (0 PointsPlus / SmartPoints)
35 Skinny Salad Dressings with SmartPoints – You’ll find vinaigrettes, creamy ranch dressings, spicy dressings, cheesy dressings, fruit dressings, vegetable dressings, mustard dressings and more. With this delicious list I’ll never again have an excuse to settle for a humdrum salad.
I’ve included some of my favorite bottled options too at the end of the post.
More Weight Watchers Friendly Salads
Trisha Yearwood’s Orzo Salad (Made Lighter)
Favorite Mason Jar Salads
How to Make Healthier Pasta Salads for Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers Savvy Salad Survival Guide
Easy Egg Salad Recipe for Weight Watchers
Watermelon Feta Salad
Citrus Couscous Salad with Pistachios
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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