Herb Chicken Cranberry Almond Salad

 

Herb Chicken Cranberry and Almond Salad

Is our featured recipe truly a salad? According to Wikipedia there is a ” Green Salad” that consists of leafy vegetables. Such as lettuce greens, spinach, arugula, or any other leafy green. They are normally garnished with nuts or croutons.

There is the “Vegetable Salad” that includes common vegetables like cucumbers, peppers, onions, radishes, tomatoes, and celery.

Then there is the “Bound Salad” at which a great example is the Potato Salad. A “bound” is arranged or tossed in the bowl with other ingredients mixed with a thick sauce, usually a mayonnaise base.

The way to test and see if your “bound salad” is truly a “bound” is scooping it with a ice-cream scoop, then placing it onto a plate. When removing the scoop, the salad should hold its shape.

Bound Salads also are used to make sandwiches, by spreading them between two pieces of bread.

Other examples of such salads besides the Potato Salad are Tuna Salad, Egg Salad, Pasta Salad, and yes a Chicken Salad.

The original question is answered by the last five words of the prior paragraph. That is yes the featured recipe is truly a salad.

This is what you will need:

ingrdients for Herb Chicken Cranberry and Almond Salad

1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless and skinless,

1 cup mayonnaise, homemade, link here for recipe

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup almonds, slivered

3 tablespoons lemon juice (for salad) + 1/2 cup lemon juice (for packaged garlic/herb mix marinade)

1/4 cup sugar

1 package Weber Garlic and Herb (all natural ingredients)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add chicken to a zip lock bag. Mix Weber ingredients with 1/2 cup lemon juice according to instructions (no oil or water needed). Pour over chicken and mix till meat is coated. Zip the bag and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to one hour. Remove from bag and place on a grill over a cookie sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until chicken is 165 degrees internal temperature. When chicken is done set aside awhile to cool. Once cool to the touch, cut chicken into 1/2 to 1 inch bite sizes. Set aside.

wet and dry ingredients being mixed together for Herb Chicken and Cranberry Almond Salad

In a large mixing bowl, mix lemon juice and sugar together. Next add cranberries, almonds and mayonnaise, mix till well incorporated.

adding cooked chicken to other ingredients for Herb Chicken and Cranberry Almond Salad

Add diced chicken to bowl and mix in.

close-up Herb Chicken Cranberry and Almond Salad

Turn salad into a serving bowl, plate and serve.

 

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Red Potato and Sweet Pepper Salad

Red Potato and Sweet Pepper  SaladA potato salad, though it is named, is generally a side dish as it accompanies the main course. The dish comes in many variations, and is found in different parts of the world, such as, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Slovakia, Holland, Italy, Germany, Romania, Syria, France, and the United States.

The potato salad is often served along side barbecued food, roasts, hot dogs, fried chicken, hamburgers and cold sandwiches.  No matter how the potato salad is made, it is considered a casual fare dish, as it is part of the menu at picnics, potlucks and other casual meals and events. It is even found in delicatessens and food bars.

It is easily made in large quantities, therefore popular among restaurant cooks and chefs, as it can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until needed, and requires ingredients that are inexpensive.

It is written that Arnold Shircliffe, executive chef of Chicago’s legendary Edgewater Beach Hotel, traced the origin of the potato salad to the 16th century. John Gerrard in 1597 writes about potatoes and their virtues (Homework Hero by ChaCha).

Here at Splendid Recipes and More this is the version of potato salad you will find: Red Potato and Sweet Pepper Salad.

Here is what you will need…

ingredients for Red Potato and Sweet Pepper  Salad

2 lbs. medium red potatoes, washed, diced into 1 inch chunks

1 onion, medium, cut ½ inch slices

1 red bell pepper, large, diced

2 celery ribs, diced ½ inch slices

8 oz. package cream cheese, soft

2 tsp. spice mix *

*Spice Mix

1 tbsp. granulated garlic

½ tbsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried parsley

½ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. paprika

¼ tsp. Sea salt

Mix together and measure out 2 tsp. and mix with 1 tsp. orange zest, finely grated.

steaming red potatoes for Red Potato and Sweet Pepper  Salad

Prepare potatoes and place into a steamer basket above boiling  for 8 to 10 minutes or just until tender. Remove from steamer basket and place into a large mixing bowl.

creamcheese and spice mixes for Red Potato and Sweet Pepper  Salad

Mix spices with soft cream cheese in a small bowl until well incorporated.

mixing potato salad ingredients for Red Potato and Sweet Pepper  Salad

Place diced and cut vegetables into the large mixing bowl with the red potatoes, mix together until will incorporated. Next add the cream cheese/spice mixture to the potato mixture. Stir and mix in well.

close up of Red Potato and Sweet Pepper  Salad
Plate and serve with your favorite meal.

 

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