Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

If you are trying to eat gluten-free, or just healthier in general, my modern take on traditional Middle Eastern Tabbouleh Salad is a great recipe to try. The bright, fresh herbs, the tender, nutty quinoa, and the tangy, lemony dressing, all make for a perfect flavor combination. Tabbouleh is originally a Lebanese dish, and is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, though it is traditionally made with bulgar. But I decided to try using the multi-colored quinoa that I had on hand in place of the bulgar. The end result was a wonderfully flavorful salad that has a more delicate texture, and offers more protein than bulgar-based tabbouleh. This makes it an ideal Weight Watchers vegan recipe, because the protein content of the quinoa makes it a great choice for vegans and vegetarians who cannot get their protein servings from meat. Also, the health benefits from quinoa are no joke – it’s an amazing source of fiber, amino acids, magnesium, and riboflavin. And at just 4 Smart Points per serving, this light, lemony, and refreshing Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad makes a great summer salad, but I love it so much, it’s on my table throughout all the seasons!

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Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls – 6 Smart Points

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls

If you’ve ever had those adorable little Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps, you know how tasty they are, but also how messy they can be to eat. They are meant to be an appetizer eaten with your hands, but every time I’ve ever had one, the juice ends up dripping down my chin and my hands. Not the most ladylike way to eat! But by making it into a salad instead, I’ve turned this traditional appetizer recipe into a full size meal that’s a lot easier, and less messy, to eat. It still has all the fresh and wonderful flavors that you’d expect, and each bowl is only 6 Smart Points! It comes together fast and easy too, making it one of my top Weight Watchers lunch recipes that I can whip up when I’m short on time. My kids even loved this recipe! These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap Bowls are definitely going to become one of our go to meals from now on. Enjoy!

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Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Pomegranate Apple Date Salad

One of my all time favorite Weight Watchers holiday salad recipes, I’ve made this Pomegranate, Apple, and Date Salad Recipe more times than I can recall! Not only is it lovely, but it’s super easy, and it works well as a complement to many meals. Traditionally, it’s always on my table every Rosh Hashanah, as it’s full of my foods that are symbolic of the holiday. But I also will brung it to a Christmas dinner party, or serve it along with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s just such a lovely and delicious salad that is always a hit. Sometimes I’ll add some crumbled gorgonzola, blue cheese, or brie wedges, other times I may sub out the dates with fresh figs or persimmon. Sooooo good!! I’ve even made this for lunch and by adding some grilled chicken breast on top. Such a simple, versatile salad recipe that is as pleasing to the palette as it is to the eye. Enjoy!

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Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Chickpea and Sumac Salad

One of the best things about living in Southern California is the diversity of foods and restaurants. Growing up in PA, my diet was pretty American standard. But after moving to Los Angeles, a whole new world of foods and flavors was opened to me, and I’ve never been happier. Middle Eastern foods are almost always a hit with me, and after dining at a Turkish restaurant recently, I discovered this super simple, yet incredibly flavorful Chickpea and Sumac Salad Recipe. The key in this dish is to really work that sumac into the onions with your hands. It takes that bitter edge off of the onions while making them both a little sweet and a little tart. Combined with tender garbanzo beans, tangy lemon juice, and bright mint and parsley, this said packs a big flavor punch. It’s loaded with fiber and protein, which makes it really quite satisfying for just 4 Smart Points. If you eat vegan, this salad is sure to become a staple in your meals. But we are meat eaters, and I love serving this salad with my Moroccan Beef and Lamb Meatballs. So good!!!

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Mediterranean Tuna Salad Recipe – 3 Smart Points

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Talk about a light lunch idea that takes little effort, is satisfying, and requires no cooking! This Mediterranean Tuna Salad puts a new, healthier and tastier spin on a traditional tuna salad recipe. There’s no mayo in this version, and it’s packed full of fresh vegetables, garbanzo beans, and olives, so it’s not short on nutrition. But it’s still low in fat, low in calories and high in lean protein, making it an ideal Weight Watchers lunch recipe that you are sure to love. The fresh lemon, garlic, and parsley add so much flavor to the salad that you won’t even miss the mayo – I promise. Not only is the salad incredibly delicious and filling, it requires no cooking, so you can throw this dish together in about 15 minutes. Serve it over toasted bread, fresh greens, or eat as is. At just 3 Smart Points per serving, this healthy salad is a winner!

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Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad

On hot summer days, this fresh Grilled Chicken Spinach and Strawberry Salad is the perfect light meal. The goat cheese is creamy and tangy, and perfectly enhanced by the sweet and tart strawberries, and the bold balsamic dressing. The tender grilled chicken adds a healthy dose of protein, and the spinach packs in some serious nutrition. If I have a few extra Points to spare, I’ll throw in a handful of lightly candied walnuts or some slivered almonds for added sweetness and crunch. It’s really such an easy salad to make, with just a handful of ingredients. Makes for a great Sunday brunch recipe too! And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, this salad has all the flavors of decadence with zero guilt.

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Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Thai Cucumber Salad

This light and delightful salad is such an easy side dish to prepare, and it is the perfect complement to your favorite Asian inspired meal. It requires just a handful of ingredients, but delivers such vibrant flavors. It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of sweetness And with temperatures on the rise this summer, I love the cool and refreshing feel of this simple salad. And it’s always a hit at picnics and potlucks, because most everyone sticks to traditional salads, so this homemade Thai Cucumber Salad offers up something much more unique. Plus, it’s one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all those delicious and inexpensive cucumbers! Enjoy.

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Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe

Summer Green Bean Salad

We are counting down the last few days of school until we are in full summer swing! And summer means lazy days by the pool and little effort in the kitchen. This Summer Green Bean Salad Recipe is the perfect dish for those hot days, when you want a simple dish that’s light and healthy. I like the green beans to be a little crisp, so I just blanch them in the boiling water for just a few minutes, and then immediately transfer them to an ice bath. You could steam them too, if you prefer. The tangy lemon garlic dressing is the perfect complement to the salad, and ties all the components together. And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover, they are just as delicious the next day! Usually salads get gross in the fridge over night, but thanks to this dish being comprised of fresh, crisp veggies, it can be enjoyed again the next day. Yay! Perfect for poolside parties, summer BBQs, and 4th of July picnics, this 1 Point salad is a must try.

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Vegan Balela Salad Recipe – 4 Smart Points

Baela Salad

If you’ve never had (or even heard of) Balela Salad before, let me fill you in. Balela is a Middle-Eastern garbanzo and black bean salad, tossed with a tangy, herbed vinaigrette. I typically make this delicious salad anytime I’m cooking for vegans or vegetarians. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, and are wonderfully filling. It’s such a versatile recipe too — you can serve it as a side salad, as a relish for meat or fish, or as a dip for crackers, breads, or pita chips. I’ve also used this in a sandwich or wrap. I’m telling you…a ton of things can be done with this recipe! We’ve been watching a lot of hockey lately (playoffs and now the Stanley cup championship), and this is the perfect game day snack. Even meat eaters will love it! This Vegan Balela Salad recipe is a must try. Enjoy!

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Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta – 1 Smart Point

Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta

Memorial Day Weekend is in full swing, and if you are still looking for a great Weight Watchers Potluck Recipe to take to your holiday celebration, this Watermelon Blueberry Mint Salad with Feta is it! A much better option than the standard fruit tray, this wonderfully refreshing salad is both sweet and savory, is a breeze to prepare, and is just 1 Smart Point per serving. Watermelon by itself, is such a sweet and simple treat, but when topped off with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette and some crumbled feta, it really reaches new heights. The fresh blueberries and mint add an invigorated feel, and make it an aesthetic treat for the eyes as well as the palate. Serve this tasty and unique fruit salad at at this weekend’s Memorial Day BBQ, or any summer celebration, and sure to be adored.

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Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw

I love salads, but I really don’t love all the chopping and prep work. It’s time consuming, and messy, and honestly, I’m just to beat to bother. Somedays, you just really need a no-fuss side salad, and this Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw is one of absolute favorites. First of all, the the convenience of a pre-packaged broccoli slaw mix is such a game changer. It’s great to to have salad base options that is more than just lettuce! Broccoli slaw is packed with vitamins and minerals, and the crunch is just delightful. You simply dump that mix in a bowl, toss in some cilantro, and your good to go. Now, let’s talk about the ridiculously delicious dressing that is going to rock your slaw. It’s comprised of a handful of ingredients that are whisked together in minutes, and will truly take the flavor of your salad to a whole new level. It’s creamy, nutty, salty, tangy, spicy, and a touch sweet. And all your tastebuds will be thoroughly satisfied! Today, I’m sharing just the quick and easy version of this salad, but you can easily add more veggies and some protein if you want to bulk it up some, or serve it as a complete meal. It’s such a fantastic Weight Watchers salad recipe to help keep you in track, without making dishes that are too complicated or bland. I’m telling you, it’s a game changer! Enjoy.

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Arabic Fattoush Salad Recipe – 2 Smart Points

Arabic Fattoush Salad

On a trip to Israel a few years ago, my husband and I stopped at this amazing Arabic restaurant in Jerusalem. And of all the fantastic foods I got to try on my visit, I will never forget the fattoush salad I had there. IT WAS AMAZING. I know that may sound crazy…to be so blow away by a salad, but the incredible flavor combination of this traditional arabic salad was divine. Fresh mint and parsley, combined with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and warm toasted pita bread, then topped off with a tangy vinegar garlic dressing and crumbled feta cheese. So good!! Bit the best part about this salad was the addition of a popular Middle Eastern spice called sumac. This is what sealed the deal and made this Arabic Fattoush salad so incredibly delicious! At the restaurant, I was introduced to the owner’s friend who runs an online casino, Casino Arbi. We had a great chat about some foods and seasonings that were central to Arabic culture, and as soon as I returned to the states, I got into the kitchen to try and recreate some of the fantastic foods that I enjoyed and learned about. Sumac has since become a staple in my kitchen now. I love it on salads, meats, and on tops of steamed rice. So today, I’m sharing my recreation of the Arabic Fattoush salad….and it’s just 2 Smart Points per serving. This one is a must try!

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