What Are The Weight Watcher Points In A Portillo's Chopped Salad?


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In order to answer this question fully, we need to understand what the exact ingredients are in the salad in question and whether the salad was made by the person asking the question, or bought in a store.

Most of the base ingredients in a Portillo's chopped salad, such as the iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, red cabbage, red onion, green onions, and tomatoes all have no Weight Watchers point value at all.

Therefore, if your Portillo's salad contains just these items, then there are no Weight Watchers points to be counted.

This changes upon the addition of some other ingredients. Four of the most common ingredients of a Portillo's salad are bacon, cheese, pasta and chicken and many people also like to add their own dressing into the mixture too.

By adding chicken, pasta, cheese and bacon, you need to count two points for each item added to the salad. Therefore, if you decide to add bacon and cheese to the mix, but leave out the pasta and chicken, the salad would be worth four Weight Watchers points. If you decide to add three items, it would be six points, or all four items added would be eight.

The problem is exacerbated further if a dressing is added. How many points to add per dressing depends on the type of dressing you use. Two tablespoons of fat-free Italian salad dressing is 0 points, whereas regular salad dressing of any type, such as Caesar dressing, is up to 4 points.

As a rule, it is easier to keep track of Weight Watcher points if you make the salad yourself from scratch, than from buying in a pre-made salad in the shops. This also prevents the addition of other unhealthy items, such as excessive salt or mayonnaise which can push the point value of the dish still higher.

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