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HG's Quesadilla Blast Salad
HG's Quesadilla Blast Salad

Quesadilla Yee-Haa!
This is no ordinary plate of greens, peeps. It's got cheesy quesadilla triangles, fajita chicken strips, and a whole lot more. Check out our guilt-free answer to the infamous Quesadilla Explosion Salad at Chili's...

Ingredients:

For Quesadilla:
1 La Tortilla Factory Whole Wheat Low-Carb/Low-Fat Tortilla (sometimes labeled Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber), Original/Soft Taco size (NOT Large)
1/4 cup shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

For Salad:
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
3 oz. cooked boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into strips
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 tbsp. canned sweet corn kernels, drained
1 tbsp. canned black beans, rinsed
1 tsp. fajita seasoning mix, dry 
Optional: fresh cilantro

For Dressing:
3 tbsp. fat-free balsamic vinaigrette
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. lime juice
1/2 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda)

Directions:
Begin by mixing together the fajita seasoning mix and 2 tsp. water. Toss the chicken in this mixture, and set aside. To make the quesadilla, place tortilla in a pan sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Sprinkle cheese evenly over one half of the tortilla, and then bring the pan to medium heat. Once cheese begins to melt, use a spatula to fold the plain half of the tortilla over the cheese-topped half, and then press down with the spatula to seal. Flip quesadilla and continue to cook and press until the entire quesadilla is hot and toasty. Set aside. Build your salad by layering the lettuce, tomatoes, corn, and black beans. Top with the chicken (heating it first, if you like). Cut the quesadilla into triangles, and place them around your salad. Then combine all of the dressing ingredients with 1 tsp. water, mix well, and serve on the side. If you like, garnish salad with cilantro. Enjoy! MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 salad with 2 oz. dressing (entire recipe)
Calories: 308
Fat: 4g
Sodium: 1,290mg
Carbs: 33g
Fiber: 11.5g
Sugars: 9g
Protein: 42g

PointsPlus® value 8*

Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad
Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad

'Dilla Later!
Our fascination with this salad started with its name. "Quesadilla Explosion". Oooooh... it makes our hearts race! But our heads practically exploded when we realized that this salad has 1,300 calories and more than EIGHTY grams of fat. AAAHHHHHHH!!! Still, we wanted in on this Mexican fiesta. So we whipped up our own version with a fraction of the fat and calories. We ditched the ranch "drizzle" (who needs it?), tortilla strips (underwhelming), and extra cheese on the salad (feh!) -- the thing's already got dressing and an entire cheese-filled tortilla! You gotta draw the line somewhere... Enjoy HG's Quesadilla Blast Salad, and leave the ridiculous Chili's version to the kooky people who don't know any better.

Serving Size: 1 salad with dressing
Calories: 1,300
Fat: 86g
Sodium: 2,070mg
Carbs: 75g
Fiber: 9g
Sugars: n.a.
Protein: 62g

PointsPlus® value 35*

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.