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Weight Watchers Southwest Chicken Salad

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This Weight Watchers southwest chicken salad also includes a homemade jalapeño dressing. It’s simple to make, easy to prep in advance, and great for all three myWW+ programs!

Salads do not have to be boring just to be healthy and good for Weight Watchers. I love making salads that are exciting, full of flavor, and not just dry lettuce. Check out some of these other great WW salads too!

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You can also check out Best Salad Dressings for Weight Watchers for inspiration that is a little less like full recipes and just some great options for topping your quick veggie salads at home!

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This is a great summer salad recipe that everyone will love. The dressing does have jalapeños but it’s not overly aggressive in terms of spice. This homemade salad dressing and assembly for the salad take just a few minutes to prepare.

If you need a quick dinner recipe or a lunch you can prepare in advance you’ll want to check out this delicious southwest chicken salad for Weight Watchers.

Close up of the finished weight watchers Southwest chicken salad recipe ready to eat.

What do I need to make the homemade jalapeño dressing?

Before we dive into making the dressing I feel like we should talk about the spice level. I don’t find this one to be overwhelmingly spicy. We’re using pickled jalapeños which are not quite as spicy to begin with and we’re using sour cream and mayonnaise which really takes some of the heat away from the peppers.

If you are worried about the heat you can always add half the peppers and cayenne pepper to start and then add a bit more if it’s not spicy enough!

For the homemade dressing you will need to gather up some pickled jalapeños, light mayo, fat free sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, paprika, and cayenne pepper.

Ingredients for the southwest chicken salad for Weight watchers

What you’ll need for the salad portion of this Weight Watchers Southwest Chicken Salad:

Now we are on to the salad portion…yum! Again, if there is anything on the list that you know you can’t eat or won’t eat you can remove it but if you are on Weight Watchers you will want to go in and recreate the recipe because the points may change depending on which plan you are using/following.

This salad is a romaine base and then we will be adding cooked boneless skinless chicken breast, yellow corn, mango, avocado, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, and if you want you can also add some queso fresco crumbles, and pumpkin seeds though those are optional and will add more points!

Another view of the weight watchers southwest chicken salad ingredients ready to be assembled.

How to prepare this southwest chicken salad:

Now that we have all of our ingredients figured out all there is to do is put them together. You can throw this all together ahead of time and eat it throughout the week or keep the ingredients separated and combine them as you eat them.

In the case of the avocados it will be best to put them on fresh if you are worried about them getting discolored. They will taste just fine but if you don’t like the look of them after being refrigerated you’ll want to wait to put those on until you are ready to eat the salad!

I also wait to put the dressing on until I am ready to eat my salad but if you make this recipe in a jar style salad you can put it on the bottom with the chicken and sturdy veggies and the romaine will hold up just fine on the top!

Salad dressing ingredients ready to be mixed up.

In a bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients until well combined, set aside 

Dressing mixed and ready to be used.

Assemble preferred salad ingredients on a plate or in a bowl

Salad prepared and ready to be served with ingredients on a plate in the background.

Drizzle on the dressing 

Garnish with queso fresco and pumpkin seeds if desired.

Close up of the finished weight watchers Southwest chicken salad ready to eat.

Serve & enjoy! 

How did you calculate the points for this WW chicken salad and dressing?

I calculated the points with the WW online recipe creator. I put in all the ingredients that I used, everything on the list below in the recipe card that is not labeled optional and then it automatically divides it by 4 servings!

For this recipe you make four servings for the points listed below. You can have more than one serving you just have to track accordingly of course!

weight watchers points bubbles showing 4 on purple and blue and 7 on green.

This recipe is 4 points on Blue and Purple and 7 Points on Green per serving. I’m a human, mistakes happen, if you are not sure about the points or servings you can always calculate them for yourself using the online WW system!!

If those green points are looking to high for you (and even if you want to lower the other plans too) you can cut back the avocado or leave it off. I like it in there so I accept the points but a large portion of points will come from the avocados on any of the plans!!

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Printable Weight Watchers Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe:

Yield: 4 Servings

Weight Watchers Southwest Chicken Salad

Weight Watchers Southwest Chicken Salad

This Weight Watchers southwest chicken salad also includes a homemade jalapeño dressing. It's simple to make, easy to prep in advance, and great for all three myWW+ programs!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapenos, sliced
  • ¼ cup light mayo
  • ¼ cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salad :
  • 1 cup yellow corn, rinsed & drained
  • 4 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup chicken breast, cooked and cubed or shredded
  • 1 mango, sliced thin
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • ⅔ cup grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped
  • Queso fresco, crumbled, optional
  • Pumpkin seeds, optional

Instructions

  1. In a bowl whisk together all dressing ingredients until well combined, set aside
  2. Assemble preferred salad ingredients on a plate or in a bowl
  3. Drizzle on the dressing
  4. Garnish with queso fresco and pumpkin seeds if desired.
  5. Serve & enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 460Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 54mgSodium 546mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 11gSugar 17gProtein 24g

As with any of our recipes, carb counts, calorie counts, WW points and nutritional information varies greatly. As a result, your nutritional content depends on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish. The auto-calculation is just an automated estimate and should NOT be used for specific dietary needs.

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