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Old 07-21-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
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New new ideas for chicken salad

I've been doing the same thing for a long time with my chicken salad. I'm looking for new ways to serve, new ingredients, flavorings, ways to season and cook the chicken, even new ethnic twists, etc. Anything to update this old thing. I use green peppers, a blend (kind of southwestern mix with chipotle) of spices, and a bit of fresh garlic. I'm open to any ideas. Not looking for specific recipes, per se, but maybe something new I could google for. I was going to put this in the chicken category, but really I'm looking for more than just a recipe... I'm looking to update it in every way, including how to serve and what to serve it on. Thanks!

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Old 07-21-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
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When I worked at a restuarant, one of their best selling salads was a chicken cashew salad. A pretty basic chicken salad, but with cashews. It was served on a bed of chopped romaine, with garnish of blackberries, strawberries, cataloupe, honeydew (cut into bit-sized chunks), then more cashews sprinkled on top.
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:18 AM   #3
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I look for recipes without mayo for something different. I did a search for Asian Chicken Salad Recipes and then one for Chicken Salad with pineapple...LOTS of stuff comes up. From there I feel sure you can refine your search or search until sometime next year! LOL
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:37 AM   #4
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This one's delicious. I added a little onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin powder to the marinade:
CHICKEN SOUVLAKI SALAD
Chicken Souvlaki Salad Recipe - MyRecipes.com

These are on my to try list:

CHICKEN ORZO SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE
Chicken Orzo Salad With Goat Cheese Recipe - Food.com - 299669

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD
Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe | Simply Recipes

CHICKEN AND SPINACH SALAD WITH TOASTED SESAME DRESSING
Chicken-and-Spinach Salad with Toasted-Sesame Dressing Recipe - Quick From Scratch Soups & Salads | Food & Wine

BLT CHICKEN AND PASTA SALAD
http://www.womansday.com/Recipes/Blt...ad-Recipe.html
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:43 AM   #5
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When I was cooking for a restaurant, I loved their chicken-cobb salad...bacon, bleu cheese, diced chicken breast over lettuce and vegies. My favorite dressing with that was either a simple italian or french.
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:12 PM   #6
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I also like Chinese chicken salad as you can make it as bland or spicy as you like.
Another I like a lot and will submit this as qualifying as a 'chicken salad', is a caesar salad served with blackened chicken, makes it a very different salad.
Also you might want to look into recipes for Thai chicken salads, many ways to do them and most terrif.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:08 PM   #7
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Here's a favorite around here:

BREEZY CHICKEN (OR TURKEY) SALAD

All ingredient amounts to taste:

Shredded or diced cooked regular or smoked poultry
Diced Smoked Gouda cheese
Halved red or green seedless grapes
Walnut pieces
Mayo to bind
Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional: minced shallots, diced celery

Combine & serve on a bed of mixed salad greens.
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Old 07-23-2010, 04:02 PM   #8
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Gosh, I don't even know where to start. They all look so WONDERFUL! Thank you! These are really great ideas. I grilled off 3 lbs. of chicken yesterday before it got too hot outside because that's what I eat for "cold cuts" ('cause we try to avoid processed food) and I'm wanting to have some fun with chicken salad. I have my fun cut out for me! Thanks again!
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:55 PM   #9
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I like to used left-over smoked chicken to make CS sandwiches the next day.

Shredded smoked chicken
50:50 ratio of bbq sauce and mayo
fresh cracked black pepper
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Old 07-28-2010, 06:59 PM   #10
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When I was cooking for a restaurant, I loved their chicken-cobb salad...bacon, bleu cheese, diced chicken breast over lettuce and vegies. My favorite dressing with that was either a simple italian or french.
VB, this looks wonderful and so different than what we usually do. Thanks for a new idea.
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