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Monday, June 28, 2010

Dilly Chicken Salad

Turns out Connie didn't have a bridge lesson tonight.  So, instead of my normal by myself dinner, I wanted to fix a real dinner.  Just very quickly.  A survey of the refrigerator revealed some cooked chicken and lots of dill.  Right, I STILL haven't finished all the dill Maria's been putting in the CSA box.  That's ok though because I really love dill.  It's hotter than blazes so nothing warm sounded in the least appealing.  What did sound good was a chicken salad with dill and veggies.  And, the veggies that sounded the best were artichoke hearts and hearts of palm.  Sounds like a Valentine's Day lunch, eh?  I know, I should be using the last few CSA things from last week.  But, those didn't appeal as much.  Dilly Chicken Salad it was.  Connie might have put a bit more dill in it.  I think that might have overwhelmed the salad and drowned out the delicate flavor of the hearts of palm.  At any rate, this is a make again in our household.

Dilly Chicken Salad

3 c cooked, diced chicken
2 hearts of palm, thinly sliced in coins
1 1 oz can artichoke hearts, cut in 8th's
1  oz can waterchestnuts, diced or sliced (chopped a bit if they're sliced)
1/2 c Hellman's olive oil mayonnaise
2 T dry white wine (you can substitute lemon juice)
7-8 sprigs dill
1/2 c toasted pecans, chopped
1/4 c sliced almonds, toasted

Toss together the chicken, hearts of palm,

artichoke hearts

and waterchestnuts.

The salad will look pretty blah right about now. 

Toast the nuts and chop them.  (My almonds were already toasted so they're not in the photo.)

Finely chop the dill.  Mix it into the salad and see how the color pops!


Stir in the mayonnaise and white wine.  Serve on beds of lettuce.


Chef Dennis said...

what a great combination of flavors Kate! I have never used hearts of palm, my wife loves artichokes I wonder if she would like those

Kate said...

Thank you Dennis! I'd have made this again the next day if I'd not already promised Connie chicken stroganoff with the rest of the chicken... He made sandwiches and I just had a bowlful of the leftovers the next day. The dill was a little more pronounced by then but it was still fabulous.


What a fabulous chicken salad! Love the addition of artichokes and wine!

About the muffins...I have made them with blueberries and lemon zest! They were a hit as well!

Kate said...

Thank you :-) I make up a lot of recipes and I've got to say this is one of my favorites. Can't wait to try the muffins with blueberries. BTW - if you like blueberry muffins, I've got an old blog w/o a pic that is for lemon lavendar blueberry muffins. They're to die for. My brother has made them with no lemon or lavendar and had rave reviews that way too.

howtobaker said...

Thanks for sharing! I've never used hearts of palm but the flavor combination looks awesome. I'll have to go find some palm and try it out.