WW Recipe of the Day: Trader Joe's Easy Asian Chicken Salad
Thursdays my brother, Peter, and I get together to work on various website related projects.
Somehow we slipped into the habit of going out to lunch without really considering the time, expense and calories/points plus involved.
We decided it would be better to make lunch at home instead, keeping the recipes Weight Watchers friendly and as easy as possible.
And as easy as that, a new series here on Simple Nourished Living was hatched.
Every Thursday we plan to share our Weight Watchers Quick and Easy lunches with you.
We're calling them "Weight Watchers 20 Minute Lunches" Pretty creative, huh?!
This first easy Weight Watchers lunch recipe is from Peter, who worked to replicate the Asian Chicken Salad from one of our favorite neighborhood lunch spots, using mostly ready-to-go ingredients from Trader Joe's.
He was able to assemble his lunchtime masterpiece in less than 20 minutes for just *6 SmartPoints (*5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints)! He, Mom and I all gave it an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Skinny on Trader Joe's Easy Asian Chicken Salad
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!
You can definitely switch up the ingredients to meet your tastes and what's available. Thinly sliced red bell pepper, celery and sliced radish would all be great additions. As would drained canned mandarin oranges, just adjust your Weight Watchers points accordingly.
To make this salad even quick and easier, you could toss together everything except the peanuts and dressing and store the mixture in an airtight container, or mason jars, until ready to serve.
Then at lunch time just toss with the dressing and sprinkle on the peanuts.
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We were able to make four salads with plenty of ingredients leftover for less than the cost of one large restaurant salad. Which just goes to show, it's better for your waistline and wallet to make lunch yourself!
How Many Calories and WW Points in this TJs Easy Asian Chicken Salad?
According to our calculations, each serving of Trader Joe's Easy Asian Chicken Salad has 350 calories and
6 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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If you like this easy Asian Chicken Salad, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes including: Skinny Chopped Greek Salad, Healthy Crunchy Tuna Salad, WW Ham Salad Spread, Mason Jar Greek Turkey Feta Salad and Easy Egg Salad
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Weight Watchers Trader Joe's Asian Chicken Salad Recipe
- 1 - 2 cups shredded cabbage
- ½ cup broccoli slaw
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 ounces shredded cooked chicken
- 2 teaspoons chopped peanuts
- 2 tablespoons Asian Style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, broccoli slaw, scallion, cilantro, chicken, and peanuts.
- Drizzle with the dressing and toss to coat.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
*Points® calculated by WW. *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 each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
This quick video shows how to make another type of Healthy Asian Chicken Salad:
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Is there a recipe for the dressing or is it store bought?
It was store bought
What is the portion size?
According to the recipe, this makes 1 serving.
Love, love, love Trader Joe's - can't believe I never thought of combining these ingredients before. Definitely on my list of quick and easy, take to work lunches once my office opens back up!
You actually make it seem really easy together with your presentation however I find this
topic to be really something which I feel I might never understand.
It seems too complicated and extremely large for me.
I am looking ahead for your subsequent put up, I'll try to get the cling of it!
OH MY GOSH. This was so yummy and easy. Totally helped my craving for higher calorie ones at restaurants. So good!!!
I can't so spicy food, but this recipe sounds great - do you have suggestions for a different dressing? Thanks!
Hi Amy, Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing might work well. It's got good flavor but isn't spice and is low in WW Points. ~Martha