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!



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

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

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!


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!


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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