Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Hawaiian Chicken Salad
Hawaiian Chicken Salad makes a refreshing and tasty summer salad.

Ingredients include:
  • One or two fresh garden tomatoes
  • Spinach leaves (as many as you like)
  • Lettuce
  • 1 can of White Chunk Chicken
  • 1/2 to 1 can pineapple chunks 
  • Small carrots slices
 Variations:
  1. Use Mandarin oranges instead of pineapple
  2. Add beans of your choice
  3. Add Macadamia nuts
I made up this salad yesterday, and it tasted delicious even without dressing added to it. I'm eager to try it
again with some of the variations. It's perfect for a light appetite on a hot summer day.

Kitchen gardens especially come in handy for summer salads such as this one. I picked two pretty red tomatoes yesterday and can't wait to make another salad this evening to go with dinner. Whether you make a Hawaiian, Mexican, Italian, Greek or American salad, you can always add tomatoes. Even a juicy tomato from the kitchen garden is a quick refresher. Take a break from your to-do list and enjoy a tomato sprinkled with salt and pepper - YUM!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Chicken Salads

Search yard sales, thrift stores, and antique shops for vintage cookbooks that have chicken salad recipes. That's one of my hobbies - collecting vintage cookbooks, especially if they have a chicken salad recipe. My mother could make the best chicken salad. "Chop the apples and onions real fine," she'd say. Funny thing is my aunt, Mother's older sister, always liked her chicken salad with chunky onions and apples. It's all good however the apples and onions are cut. One of the most refreshing lunches is a chicken salad sandwich.

I'm including a few chicken salad recipes from my vintage cookbooks for this salad summer mission. It took me awhile to get going on this mission in case you didn't notice a gap in my posts. My daughter is getting married this month, so life has been busy for us lately. 
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Today I'm featuring the Fruited Chicken Salad from the Farm Journal's Country Cookbook:
  • 2 c. cooked chicken, cut in cubes
  • 1 orange, peeled and sectioned
  • 1/2 c. grapes, halved and seeded
  • 1/2 c. toasted almonds or pecans
  • 2 medium bananas, peeled and sliced
  • 1 c. mayonnaise or salad dressing
  1. Put chicken (preferably white meat) in bowl; add other ingredients, tossing lightly. Chill.
  2. Serve on crisp greens; garnish with whole strawberries (if in season). Or serve on pineapple slices with perky sprigs of water cress or Bibb lettuce. Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Featured from The Eyes of Texas Cookbook is:
Hot Chicken Salad
  • 1/4 cup cooked and chopped chicken
  • 3/4 cup celery, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bread
Combine all ingredients except bread, and mix well. Toast bread on one side. Butter untoasted side and spread with chicken salad. Bake on cookie sheet for 12 minutes at 425°. Serves 4.
Lanelle Jolly
Texas City, Texas

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Garden Tomato Blue Cheese Salad

Make a fresh summer salad with a tomato from your kitchen garden. Yesterday I made a tasty green salad mixed with veggies including two Roma tomatoes from my kitchen garden. Ingredients included:
  • lettuce
  • spinach
  • carrots
  • red bell pepper
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • two Roma tomatoes
  • cheddar cheese, cut in small squares
  • croutons
Garden Tomato Blue Cheese Salad

My Kitchen Garden Roma Tomato
Today I'm planting a hot pepper mini garden in a huge pot with jalapenos and serrano peppers to add to my kitchen garden. That will make some mighty spicy salsa!

Have a sunny and beautiful Sunday!
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