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May 7, 2014

Chicken-Lime Chopped Salad, Recipes And Tastes Change…

Filed under: FOOD,PHOTOGRAPHY,Recipes — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I’m going back through some of my cookbook recipes and tweaking some that had promise but that I wanted to try and improve on.

When I first reviewed this Chicken-Lime Chopped Salad recipe from Recipezaar (now Food.com) back in 2007 I wrote:

” I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe.. the flavours are fresh and full of zing and the lime/garlic combination especially compliments the celery and radishes as well as the chicken.

Raw celery here in NL isn’t really great tasting at all but I used the very centre pieces and leaves which had a sweeter flavour and it actually tasted ok.

At the end of the day the Poulier was out of cooked chicken and supermarkets here don’t sell them cooked so I roasted a bird myself and used that.

 4 excellent stars for a different salad recipe, not one that tops our all time favourites but definitely one for when we fancy a change of pace and taste.

I think we would also prefer this salad and its flavours on a hot balmy day in Summer.. Thanks!”    Since that review this recipe comes out every year, usually when the days grow warmer, a greater variety of fresh ingredients hit the supermarket shelves and when I am looking afresh at salads as weekday menu options.

Over the years I’ve made various changes: first of all, Dutch celery never got any better tasting so I’ve ditched it completely.  Radishes, I use if I have them to hand, otherwise I skip them too. Second, I’ve increased the amount of garlic and lime in the vinaigrette (We adore garlic and Himself now likes limes more than he used to so I use the juice of an entire lime which I guesstimate to be a minimum of six tablespoons depending on the lime) And last but not least I make the chicken pieces smaller and let the vinaigrette soak into it a bit before serving.

Himself was never a fan of citrus flavours, but for a while now has been forcing himself to drink fresh lime juice and hot water every evening in an attempt to get more vitamins and hopefully less colds. He started drinking this with sugar added at first but slowly reduced the sugar until he could drink it totally without and a side effect has been a new appreciation for recipes with limes in that he used to shun in the past.

I’ve always adored both lemon and limes so his original aversion was hard to understand, and now that he’s had his “Damascus” moment with limes it’s prompted me to revisit many more recipes that  were formerly in the “just for me” section of my recipe book.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Chicken-Lime Chopped Salad
By ” WI Cheesehead ”

Ingredients:

2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped ( or favourite lettuce)
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 ripe Avocado, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 radishes, chopped
1 medium cucumber, chopped
Lime Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
salt and pepper
1 cup leftover chopped cooked chicken

Directions:

Combine lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, celery, radishes and cucumber in a salad bowl.
Blend Lime Vinaigrette ingredients together; lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Mix chopped cooked chicken with lime vinaigrette.
Toss chicken vinaigrette mixture with vegetables and serve.

http://www.food.com/recipe/chicken-lime-chopped-salad-212081

3 Comments »

  1. That looks so simple, yet so delicious!

    Comment by juliecrombe — May 7, 2014 @ 1:03 am | Reply

  2. Himself sounded like me with celery. My husband loves cooking with celery and I loathe it so he sneaks it in when I’m not looking. We love lime and garlic in our house. What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Navy Wife Chronicles — May 7, 2014 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one that loathes celery. Other than that this looks and sounds great!

      Comment by Carrie — May 11, 2014 @ 7:55 pm | Reply


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