My mom buys a chicken salad from a store called Great Harvest up in Utah. I always look forward to eating that stuff. It is simple and delicious.
If you’re like me, you don’t like crunchy celery or onions in your chicken salad – and the Great Harvest chicken salad is free from any unwanted crunch. Well… we don’t have a Great Harvest where I live and occasionally I get a craving for that yummy salad. So – I decided to take a stab at re-creating it, and I think it’s pretty darn close!
I’ve really been enjoying thinking up fun and healthy lunch options for myself. It’s a nice change of pace to think about myself at this meal. Dinner is usually for the hubs – so lunch is all mine. I can eat whatever I want and he doesn’t have to like it! Ha ha! As I mentioned before – lunch is a struggle for me – so this has been a fun obstacle to conquer!
I wanted to give you all an update on my Weight Watchers
journey as well! Things have been going great! My personal coach Shawna has sent me a few personal messages throughout the week that have kept me motivated and I’ve really felt like she had my back. One thing she mentioned that stuck with me was that on Weight Watchers they do not believe that all calories are created equal. For example – a banana is 130 calories, but it has a PointsPlus value of 0, while 12 crackers is 130 calories but has a PointsPlus value of 3. There are foods that our bodies respond to better and that help us feel satisfied and healthy. Weight Watchers encourages you to eat those foods and limit the empty calories.
This week I have been more mindful of how I am treating my body. I’ve been conscious of how certain foods make me feel – and living healthfully certainly makes me feel better! This week while following the plan I lost 2 pounds! People following the Weight Watchers plan can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week on average. I was so excited when I stepped on that scale and saw that I was down! I am learning that I can still participate in girls’ nights and celebrations and even eat some of the goodies in moderation. I love that no foods are off limits on Weight Watchers and I’m able to still lose weight while living a normal life.
How have you all been doing on your journey? Leave me a comment and let me know!
One feature from the online tools that I have been loving is the recipe builder. It allows you to put your own recipes into the builder and calculate the PointsPlus values per serving. I used it here to calculate this delicious chicken salad! The value for one serving of this salad is only 6 PointsPlus! Add a serving of your favorite fruit for no additional points.
This is such a versatile recipe that can be served several different ways…
Let me give you a rundown of the options and their additional PointsPlus values.
Try it on a Sandwich thin
! For an additional 3 PointsPlus this is a delicious option if you’re craving a sandwich!
Serve it on a bed of crisp lettuce to get your greens for the meal. I love the crunch of crisp greens with this salad. It’s heaven – and if you choose this option you won’t increase your PointsPlus value at all!
How about a stuffed avocado? I’ve spent most of my adult life in California, so avocados are a staple! This creamy option will leave you satisfied all afternoon. Half an avocado will add an additional 3 PointsPlus to your bank.
Or how about with some whole wheat crackers? I love this option. I feel like I’m eating a bunch of appetizers for lunch. 12 crackers will add an additional 3 PointsPlus to this meal.
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Enjoy this fresh salad any way you'd like!
Course: dinner, lunch
Keyword: chicken salad, cranberry
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 1252 kcal
- 2 breasts from a rotisserie chicken shredded
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 2/3 cup nonfat imitation mayo
- 1/3 cup nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 TBSP cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- pinch of sugar
- Fresh dill for garnish
In a small bowl combine mayo, yogurt, vinegar, salt, pepper and sugar. Stir until combined.
In a large bowl combine chicken, cranberries, and almonds.
Fold in dressing.
Garnish with dill (optional)
You can serve immediately of let it chill in the fridge so all of the flavors mingle.
Serve on a bed of lettuce, a roll, crackers, sliced bread, or on its own!
6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value per serving.
Cranberry Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 1252 Calories from Fat 639
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 71g 109%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 369mg 123%
Sodium 951mg 40%
Potassium 1148mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 119g 238%
Vitamin A 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own.