WW Friendly Chow Mein Noodle Salad

 

I love salad. It’s one of my most favorite things to eat. If I’m faced with a table full of food, you can bet the first place I will go is to the salad bar. I think the thing I like the most is that normally you can have a huge salad and eat and eat and eat and even finish the bowl and not feel as though you have stuffed yourself or used all your Smart Points for the day. Of course, you have to be judicious with what goes into and on your salad so as not to sabotage the good you got going on.

This salad is so good. I made it for a housewarming party and it was so good that I ate the left-over salad the next day. It was a bit soggy and definitely don’t put the chow mein noodles on it before you are ready to dish it out. Not good. The original salad called for canned mandarin oranges and mandarin juice. I’m all about trying to cut corners and save money when I can so I decided to substitute maraschino cherry juice for the mandarin juice because I knew I already had that at home. And I’m not a big fan of oranges so when I was looking for dried cherries, I found the dried cranberries and glazed walnuts and used that instead of oranges and almonds that were in the original recipe. I didn’t make my salad with the chicken breast because I was taking it as a side dish, but the next time I make it, I’ll probably include the chicken breast to make it a full meal.

6 servings: 9 SP (Smart Points) per serving, less if using less than 1/2 cup Chow Mein noodles

Dressing:

2T brown sugar,6SP
2 tsp maraschino cherry juice, 2SP
2 tsp soy sauce, 2SP
3-4 tsp olive oil, 5SP
1/8 cup water
3 T rice wine vinegar, 3SP

  • In a quart jar, mix all dressing ingredients until well combined; refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.

Salad:

 

Chopped iceberg lettuce or small romaine lettuce
Chopped green onions
1 c coarsely grated carrot
1 4.5 oz package of Dried cranberries and glazed walnuts 18SP
2 cups dry chow mein noodles 20SP
Optional: 2-4 (depending on size) cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, chopped or shredded

    • In a large bowl combine the lettuce with green onions, carrot and dried cranberries and walnuts; mix to combine.
    • When ready to serve, pour on the dressing; toss to combine. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles.
    • Or allow each individual to add the salad dress and noodles

Adapted from https://www.food.com/recipe/delicious-asian-chicken-salad-with-chow-mein-noodles-300183

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