Salad with Grilled Chicken, Dried Cranberries & Wheat Croutons


Have I mentioned that I am trying to lose the wedding 4? I am down 3 lbs with 1 to go. It feels good to know that all of my pants fit me properly again. They were getting a little snug and that did not make me happy. Anyway, lots of you ask me for diet or weight loss tips, but I am not here today to share that with you.

Instead I share, The Salad of the Week.

I tend to make the same salad or salad-like meal for lunch every day for a week before moving on to a new combination. It has been a little lighter lately to help me in losing the newlywed weight gain.

For lunch this week I have been making the most amazing salad. Not only is it low in calories, it tastes so good I feel like I am eating a treat meal. I am always making a compromise between health and taste, and this salad finds a great balance for me. By grilling the chicken the night before, it only takes me about 10 minutes to put the whole salad together! Salads are so simple, but I find that the perfect mix of ingredients can really make one more special.

Try it, and let me know what you think!

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Salad with Grilled Chicken, Dried Cranberries, & Wheat Croutons
Serves 1

Ingredients:
3 cups of lettuce (I use a mix of arugula and butter lettuce)
3 oz grilled chicken breast
1 oz dried sweetened cranberries
1 oz wheat croutons
1.5 tbs Annie’s Balsamic Vinaigrette

Directions:
Put the lettuce in a large bowl and top with the chicken, cranberries, and croutons and pour the dressing on top. Toss together, and enjoy!

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If you want another fun salad idea, click here.

P.S. I am one of 15 bloggers participating in an event benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund this February in NYC for a cake decorating event with Electrolux and Kelly Ripa! I am so excited!
P.P.S. Have you heard about the virtual bake sale Diana of The Chic Life is hosting to benefit the American Red Cross Haiti Relief & Development Fund? I will be making a batch of my chocolate covered pretzel rods, customizable by you! Please be sure to head over to her site on January 27th to bid on an item!

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12 responses to “Salad with Grilled Chicken, Dried Cranberries & Wheat Croutons

  1. I think I need some of your weight loss persistence and discipline to rub off on me. 🙂 Your salad looks delightful.

  2. Dried cranberries are so yunmmy on salads 🙂
    I’m doing the bake sale too!

  3. You salad looks great! Do you make your own croutons? I make them with whole wheat or ezekial bread and they are super easy!

  4. I love adding cranberries to my salads.. such a nice sweet touch!! 🙂

  5. I love cranberries in salads. They’re addicting though. I can’t keep Craisins in my house. They’re like Pringles to me. Once I pop, I can’t stop!

  6. YUM! That salad looks refreshing and delicious. I haven’t made a nice classic salad like that in a while and it sounds like a perfect idea!

  7. What a nice looking salad. Lots of color always makes them better tasting!

    My weight always shifts between a few pounds. I am never bothered about as it usually goes back to normal. After my xmas holiday I was down a few pounds. If my weight does go up a little bit, I usually find it is due to not drinking enough water. So I always cautious of my water intake.

  8. This salad was EXCELLENT!!!!!!

  9. that looks amazing!! haha looks like PBoy liked it too! 😀

  10. I love me some butter lettuce 🙂 It looks really great. I’m so happy that you’re going to New York!

  11. I loved dried cranberries in salad — great combo, although I’d substitute tofu for the chicken. 😉 Love that Annie’s balsamic, too.

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