This super simple “dump-and-mix” Turkey-Walnut Honey Dijon Spinach Salad is a speedy lunch idea that does not require any prep work. If you are looking for a quick lunch or dinner “no-heat” meal that will make you feel good, then we’ve got you covered with this salad right here.
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Cooking for one, two or three people?
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Another reader said they appreciate when we share “ways to make meals fast, easy and uncomplicated”. This salad is just that. It’s so simple it barely counts as a recipe. It’s more like a combination of a handful of ingredients.
Leave Out Ingredients and Still Have a Great Salad.
Have a nut allergy? Leave out the walnuts.
Vegetarian? Leave out the turkey.
Dairy allergy? Skip the feta.
Don’t like, or want to buy, cranberries? Leave them out of the recipe.
Would you rather use a dressing you already have hand? Go for it!
Make it work for you. Here are the WW smart points for each ingredient so you can know how many points you are subtracting if you are not using all the ingredient(s). This would also be how much of each ingredient you would use if you are the only one eating the salad:
Smart Points for Each Individual Ingredient (and the measurements for one serving).
Baby Spinach (it’s not a salad without it. Just sayin’) 😉
1/2 oz. turkey lunch meat: 0 WW SP
1 Tbsp. Feta: 1 WW SP
1 Tbsp. Cranberries: 1 WW SP
1 Tbsp. Walnuts: 2 WW SP
1 Tbsp. Vinaigrette: 1 WW SP
Which Salad Dressing Should I Use?
Okay, one last thing and then I will get to this recipe. I promise.
The salad dressing I used was the Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Fat-Free Honey Dijon mustard. I just wanted to show a picture of the kind I used so it would be easier to find in the grocery store.
Here is what you need:
1 package (5 ounces) fresh baby spinach
2 ounces thick sliced turkey lunch meat torn into bite size pieces
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or walnut halves)
1/4 cup fat-free honey Dijon vinaigrette
Here is all you do:
In 4 medium sized bowls combine a little over 1 ounce spinach, 1 tablespoon feta cheese, 1 tablespoon walnuts, 1 tablespoon cranberries, and 1/2 ounce turkey.
Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette; toss to coat.
So easy, right?
Makes 4 servings.
One salad is 6 WW FreeStyle Smart Points.
What to do with the leftover ingredients.
If you have leftover dried cranberries, turkey, feta, etc. you can always go to Martha McKinnon’s Weight Watcher google search bar that will pull up results for just Weight Watchers recipes that use that ingredient! (some of mine are included in that list) What a handy tool to have in your back pocket!
YUM! Now that is a tasty way to use up that extra feta cheese! 🙂
- Serves: 4 servings
- Serving size: 1 salad
- Calories: 157
- Fat: 7 g
- Saturated fat: 2 g
- Trans fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 21 g
- Sugar: 6 g
- Sodium: 308 mg
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 4 g
- Cholesterol: 8 mg
- 1 package (5 ounces) fresh baby spinach
- 2 ounces thick sliced turkey lunch meat torn into bite size pieces
- ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts (or walnut halves)
- ¼ cup fat-free honey Dijon vinaigrette
- In 4 medium sized bowls combine a little over 1 ounce spinach, 1 tablespoon feta cheese, 1 tablespoon walnuts, 1 tablespoon cranberries, and ½ ounce turkey.
- Drizzle each salad with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette; toss to coat.
- Serve immediately.
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*SmartPoints® calculated by Meal Planning Mommies; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated without Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.