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Spaghetti Squash Chopped Greek Salad

This holiday weekend was filled with pasta salads – the creamy, rich, stick to your thighs, types of pasta salads. And although my small stolen bites were delicious, it got me thinking about lower carb and healthier pasta salads and wondering how our dear friend spaghetti squash would hold up in a cold preparation. After a few failed attempts I found the key is tossing the spaghetti squash with an oil based dressing before serving. This helps prevent the spaghetti squash from sticking together and gives it more of a mouthfeel of a pasta salad in my opinion. I decided to layer this one up with my favorite Greek inspired ingredients (what were hiding out in my fridge) but you could doctor up your salad anyway you like.

Spaghetti Squash Chopped Greek Salad
Servings: 4
Serving Size: around 1.5 cups
Nutritional Info: 207 calories, 11.7g of fat, 14.9g carbohydrates, 2.2g dietary fiber, 17.5g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 6 *

Ingredients

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup shredded chicken breast
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts packed in water, defrosted and chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese (leave out for Paleo)
  • Dressing: 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 tsp. oregano, salt, and pepper

Instructions

  1. Prepare the spaghetti squash. For quick preparation, pierce it all over with a fork or knife and microwave for 10-12 minutes or until tender when you squeeze it. Let cool and scrape out squash with a fork. To roast, cut in half and place cut side down in a prepared baking dish. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes until tender. Let cool ad scrape out squash.
  2. To make the dressing, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  3. Toss the spaghetti squash with the dressing and arrange other ingredients on top for serving. You could also toss everything together.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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1 Response to Spaghetti Squash Chopped Greek Salad

  1. Ashley @ QLCC on July 13, 2014

    I love Greek salads and Chopped salads, and this looks like the perfect marriage of the two :)

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