I don’t know about you, but my work life is getting pretty hectic and will probably continue to be until the end of the year so the next few posts will be pretty quick and easy recipes.
This week I’m making a curried chicken salad, which revisits one of the first posts on the blog. This blog was originally started as a requirement for a class on Social Media (yep, you get college credit for learning how to use the social medias). One of the assignments was to make a BuzzFeed Style listicle. I chose to make my listicle about the best sandwiches (in the world ever!) The assignment gave me a chance (read excuse) to eat/make/photograph all my favorite sandwiches. Let’s pause for a moment of wistfulness and feeling nostalgic for a time when life was arguably less complicated when I was trying to juggle home-life, studio art classes with a full load of credits and working part-time.
Anyway, one of the nice things about this salad is that you can use leftover chicken (or turkey this will be great post Thanksgiving to use up leftover turkey and crudite) and the other ingredients are optional but you probably have them in your fridge and pantry. Nuts and celery add a nice crunch for texture and raisins, grapes, dated or dried fruit of your choice and some carrots will add a nice bit of sweetness. I used Jamaican style curry seasoning but you could just as easily use a chili powder or five-spice powder to change the flavor profile if you’re not into curry. Feel free to experiment (it won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t follow my recipe and well I’d never know either way). I usually keep it simple and enjoy the salad with crackers or on a sweet roll but you could easily serve it over a bed of mixed dressed greens or between two slices of your favorite bread.
2 cups shredded or cubed chicken
2 carrots peeled and diced
1 stalk of celery diced
2 scallions chopped
¼ cup diced red onion
¼ cup dried fruit like raisins, dates, mango, cranberries or fresh sliced grapes
¼ nuts or seeds
1 TBS prepared brown mustard or dijon
½ cup mayonnaise
1 TBS curry seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium sized mixing bowl mix the curry, mustard and mayonnaise until everything is well blended. Then add the nuts/seeds, carrots, onions, celery and fruit and mix until everything has been coated with the dressing. Now just add the chicken and mix. Enjoy…