Thursday, August 2, 2012

Farmers Market Chicken Salad

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There is simply no better time to visit your local Farmer's Market than now.  Sure, there is a drought and news reports are talking about the worst crops in decades.  BUT, you will be amazed at the locally grown produce available.  There may be a few tomatoes with bad spots (great for making a big batch of marinara sauce).  And you may need to dig a little bit into the pile to find a dozen ears of sweet corn, but those ears are there (and most of the farmers will let you pull back a few husks away to look inside).  Local farmers want to sell you locally grown produce!

And here's a favorite recipe for fresh produce...

3 large boneless skinless Chicken Breasts, cooked, diced, about 4 cups
3/4 cup grapes, cut into quarters
1 medium Onion (about 3/4 cup), diced
1 medium Granny Smith Apple (about 3/4 cup), cored, peeled and diced
3/4 cup Bread and Butter Pickles (oddly enough, last week, at the Farmer's market, I bought a BUNCH of small cucumbers and made a batch of pickles)
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro
1/2 tsp White Sesame Seeds
1/2 tsp Black Sesame Seeds
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Flakes
3/4 cup Mayonnaise

Mix well and serve.  Sometimes I like chunky salad (like the one pictured).  Sometimes I like a smoother mix.  To get the smoother mix I will put the chicken and mayo in a Kitchenaid mixer with the dough hook.  Add the spices and whirl away until the chicken blends mostly smooth.  Then I add the remaining ingredients and serve!

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