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Skinny Vietnamese Chicken Salad

I know you’re going to LOVE this NEW main course salad. It’s a Vietnamese-inspired take on chicken salad with 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 8 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.


Vietnamese Chicken Salad recipe

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)


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 (affiliate links)

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
 (old points) 7

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 8

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 large main course salad
320 calories, 14g fat, 0mg chol, 33g carbs, 22g carbs, 8g fiber, 368mg sodium, 6g sugar

Find more delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

Thanks ladies for sharing my skinny salad today. It's still warm these days so it makes a wonderful main course salad. Enjoy!

Sharon Greenthal

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

We love featuring Skinny Kitchen recipes on Midlife Bouelvard!

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