Thursday, February 7, 2013

Over-the-Top Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad, can be more than a mush spread for sandwiches and it doesn't take a chef to move it to dinner fare. 
Avocado stuffed with Chicken, Walnut, Apple Salad
The key is to use nice cubes of chicken and mix them with things that go crunch and with a bit of something sweet and something unexpected.  Usually I stuff a tomato but this time I piled it high on an avocado half and sprinkled grape tomatoes over the top.
Cubes of Granny Smith Apples add moisture and just a touch of sweetness.  Here's my list of ingredients but they aren't 'must haves'.  Just toss in things you like and be generous.

1 cooked, cubed and salted Chicken Breast
2 coarsely chopped Hard Boiled Eggs
2 slices of Sweet Onion, minced
Toss with 2 Tbsp. Mayonaise
1 Granny Smith Apple, which has been diced and drenched with the...
Juice of 1/2 lime. (save enough apple for thin-slices garnish)
1 cup Walnut Halves, broken
Mix all and toss together

Greens (any kind will do)
1 Avocado, quartered & drizzled with lime juice
Grape Tomatoes, halved
Snow Pea Pods (just because I had them)

On a bed of greens and snow peas, place 2 avocado quarters.  Pile on Chicken Salad.  Sprinkle with tomato halves.  Squeeze remaining lime juice over all.  Garnish with thin apple slices.  Serve with toasted French or garlic bread.

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