Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chicken Salad for a Hungry Man…

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Designs by Gollum is hosting a Potluck today…I love feeding my “hungry man” after a hard days work, he’s always appreciative of my efforts. Potluck tonight will be

chicken salad

basmati rice,

French bread

lime pie.

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Chicken Salad Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sweet pepper relish, or to taste (I also use enough sweet pickle juice to give the salad a good consistency)
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt to taste

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The green seedless grapes and pecans will be added just before serving…the next step will to be to toast the pecans…

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Use about 1 tablespoon butter in a small iron skillet and melt on low heat….add pecans (I used about 1 cup because we like to snack on them also). Use low heat for about 3 to 4 minutes and turn flame off and let the pecans set in the skillet while finishing the salad preparation. Careful….pecans have a high fat content and burn very easily…salt to taste after they cool some.

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Now it is time to mix all the chicken salad ingredients and refrigerate while prepping everything else.

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I prefer to use kitchen shears to cut my lettuce into bite-size pieces (my pet peeve is giant pieces of lettuce that I have to cut up in my salad bowl, grrrrrrrrrr).

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Now cut your tomato in slices ….see my knife, I’ve had it for years, I was told it was a “tomato knife” when I bought it. These tomato slices make a beautiful presentation and taste good too.

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Add toasted pecans and grapes that have been halved and serve a portion of chicken salad dressed with grape halves and parsley alongside. I used some light Ranch dressing but any kind you like will be good. “Hubby” doesn’t like any dressing so he’s easy to please. The rice will be served as a side dish with slices of toasty French bread.

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Dessert is Limeade Pie

* 1 can limeade concentrate (about 6-8oz.) * 1 pkg. lite cool whip (12oz.) * 1 can lite Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk * 2 large graham cracker crusts

Preparation: Whip condensed milk and then mix together with remaining ingredients.

Pour into the pie crusts. Place in the freezer until ready to serve.

Garnish with fresh lime slices.

17 comments:

  1. Oh, Becky, this is FABULOUS! I love how you assembled the clear dishes with the ingredients. And the chicken salad looks like a painting. I want a bite RIGHT NOW. Oh, please, one slice of that limeade pie, too. :-)
    I'm going to borrow your ideas about kitchen shears and the tomato knife!

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  2. Hi, Becky! Thanks so much for all of these neat information. I'm learning so much tonight! I want to look for a tomato knife, and I'm with you about big pieces of salad. I hate when they are GIANT which forces you to cut them. I'm with you...grrrrrr.

    Those toasting pecans made me want some SO bad. Now I'm hungry again, and I ate supper before I started this blog round. LOL!

    Happy FF!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  3. Wow, this was wonderful, love the glass dishes all filled and ready to go! I love the salad! I had one from a restruant, and it had the ends in it mostly, I can't stand it I love the leaves!Loved how you toasted the pecans, I have always done them in the oven. Great FF!

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  4. Note to self "Do not visit any Foodie Fridays until you are very full from dinner."
    This looks very good...

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  5. Becky, This is a great post. You did a wonderful job. Your salad looks so fresh it really makes you want a bite right now. I love fresh vegetables.

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  6. This is the day for Chicken Salad recipes.. it looks wonderful and the easy limeade pie is a definite keeper!

    Super photos...hope you are submitting them...

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  7. I have to make this pie when it finally warms up in the Chicago area. It is so easy and looks fantastic.

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  8. Everything looks so delicious. I love how you arrange the food to make it look so appetizing.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

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  9. Happy Foodie Friday! I did chicken salad too..great minds think alike (wink)

    Susan

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  10. OOh Your post looks like a cooking school tutorial and your food presentation is elegant--and presentation is half the battle :)

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  11. Yummy food! I love the dessert the best of course, lol! Thanks for sharing!

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

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  12. That pie just sounds to die for!

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  13. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your limeade pie recipe (do you really use lemonade in it? Or limeade?)

    Chicken salad seems to be on the menu lots of places today. Not here -- still too chilly in NJ for me to serve hubby a salad for dinner. There'd be a surprised face for sure.

    Cass

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  14. This looks wonderful! We do eat a lot of chicken salad in our house, but I love the way you presented yours. And I've not tried it with pickle relish before, but will try it now. And that pie looks delicious. I ate lunch before starting this round of Foodie Friday posts, but not dessert. Now I want some! Kathy

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  15. Your chicken salad looks absolutely beautiful. It has to taste delicious. I think that I would frame the picture.
    Sweetie

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  16. I love all your photos and the way you've displayed everything. Wow!

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  17. Becky, I'm so glad I found your blog. Thankyou for your comment on mine, and now I will be able to enjoy yours! Beautiful photos, and thanks for the reminder that I should make chicken salad very soon.

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