Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Taute Cusine: Red Grape, Blueberry and Almond Chicken Salad


A lot of the recipes I create are designed around my child's favorite foods. She loves grapes, almonds and blueberries as well as my Lemon Herb Roast Chicken, so I created this chicken salad as a good way to use the leftover roast chicken in a healthy dish with all her favorites.

I was so happy when I put it on her plate. I was ready to see her dig into it and enjoy.

I am still waiting for that moment. Instead, she dug into the broccolini sautéed with roasted tomatoes. Three helpings of that, in fact.

I was pretty disappointed, scraping the uneated food off her plate. How could this be? I wondered. What can I do to make it better? Since I made a TON of this recipe, I had plenty of time all week to think about it while I ate the leftovers. What I realized is that the recipe is darn good. I am just being stupid. She ate THREE servings of broccoli for crying out loud. The chicken salad will be an easy sell later. The broccoli was what mattered. I'll post that one later under the incredibly easy/stupid mom recipe file. Here's the chicken salad, also easy and very good with very healthy ingredients.

Looking for this recipe?
It will be part of an upcoming book co-authored with Ali at Cleaner Plate Club.

This recipe is one of several featured on Sweetniks site, with her "ARF/5 a day" antioxidant-rich food recipes.

8 comments:

Bethany said...

Do you use organic grapes? My kids haven't had them since they went out of season because I can only find imported around here. This looks yummy, though, can't wait to try it!

Frugal Mom said...

Okay, can you say yum really loud? This looks fantastic. I can't wait to try it. I make a lemon herb roasted chicken as well. i use a whole roaster and do it that way. The kids love it. And I too, always have lots left....I am so gonna try this.

Frugal Mom said...

So, I have some frozen wild blueberries. I am worried if I just toss them in frozen that they will make the salad watery. Do you think I should let them thaw first and then drain??? What do ya think?

The Expatriate Chef said...

Dried blueberries work best. Kind of like the raisins in Waldorf salad. Does that help?

The Expatriate Chef said...

I use organic when I can find them, well-washed grapes when I can't. Not many fruits are in season here yet. Berries will start in June, I am looking forward to that!

Alisia said...

This looks really yummy. I bet my kids (and myself) will really like this. I have some turkey to use up from this weekend that I am going to try.

Sheri said...

i added a link to this recipe in a post on blueberries i included on my food blog yesterday. i just tried the recipe tonight (with fresh blueberries), and it was to die for! thank you.

The Expatriate Chef said...

Thanks, Sheri! Berries are amazing. We eat a lot of them around this house, too!