One of the main reasons I love to cook is because cooking is my creative outlet. I’m not an artist or musician, so food is my canvas. Aside from tacos and soups, my favorite food I like to be creative with are salads. The possibilities are endless! My Green Goddess Chicken Salad is packed with fresh flavors perfect for a lunch or dinner salad. Baby spinach and romaine lettuce mixed with green apples, oven roasted chicken breast, walnuts, and feta cheese topped with tangy green goddess dressing. This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and each serving is 3 SmartPoints.
In late Winter my husband and I went to visit our friends in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only did we love the city, but we LOVED the food. After two days of complete indulgence, one of my last meals in Madison was an amazing chicken salad. While everyone around me was eating waffles and burgers, I decided to be the odd woman out and order a salad. What caught my eye when reading the menu was a green goddess chicken salad. Creamy cheese, apple, nuts, and mixed greens topped with herb creamy dressing… definitely a better choice than a burger! I really didn’t know what green goddess dressing was until a few years ago. Fresh herbs blended with mayo and sour cream… what’s not to love?! Green goddess dressing goes perfect with roasted chicken and creamy cheese.
I thought about that salad for about a week after I ate it and knew I needed to recreate my own version at home. The key to a good salad is to mix ingredients that have different textures and tastes. What makes this salad stand out is the mixture of crispy green apples, crunchy walnuts, and creamy salad dressing. I remember when I made this salad for the first time, my husband thought it was weird to add apple to a salad, but after he took a bite he totally liked it!
I try to create meals that can easily be made ahead of time, that way it’s easy to make it the night before and take it to work the next day for lunch (or for a super quick dinner). This recipe starts with the Oven Roasted Chicken Breast. The chicken can easily be made on Sunday (which is when I make the chicken) so that you can have it ready and on hand during the week.
The salad dressing I use for this salad is my Lightened Up Green Goddess Dressing. The dressing can be made ahead of time as well. This salad dressing is fresh, tangy, and creamy perfection. Make it on Sunday and it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days!
For my version of a Green Goddess Chicken Salad, I use baby spring mix diced green apples, chopped walnuts, and feta cheese. You can use whatever cheese you like, but I personally like feta cheese because it’s salty, tangy, and creamy… a perfect combo with crisp lettuce and apple.
Green Goddess Chicken Salad is packed with fresh flavors perfect for a lunch or dinner salad. Baby spinach and romaine lettuce mixed with green apples, oven roasted chicken breast, walnuts, and feta cheese. Topped with tangy Lightened Up Green Goddess Dressing. Make the salad ahead of time for a grab and go lunch during the week. 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!