GREET tomorrow's first day of spring with refreshing, slimming salads created with seasonal romaine lettuce, asparagus, Chinese peas, zucchini and broccoli.
Spring greens, curry
enliven chicken salad
Clusters of fresh greens demand bright flavors and colors, an edge of salty sharpness, a touch of sweet, some acid and some crunch. Add eclectic touches, such as the almonds, chutney and olives in the recipe below.
Reader "Heidi" from Kaneohe asked for this recipe for curried chicken salad made with mayonnaise.
Curried Chicken Salad
(After "Joy of Cooking" by Irma Rombauer and2 cups cooked chicken
Marion Rombauer Becker, Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1980)
1 cup celery
1/4 cup salted almonds
French dressing, to taste (optional)
Salt and paprika, to taste (optional)
Fresh lettuce leaves
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 mashed clove garlic
1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 tablespoon chopped chutney
Garnishes: 1/4 cup sliced olives
Pimiento, sliced hard-cooked eggs and capers, optional
Dice chicken, celery and almonds; chill. If desired, marinate mixture lightly with French dressing.
Combine curry-mayonnaise ingredients and refrigerate.
When ready to serve, combine salad and mayonnaise mixtures with salt and paprika. Serve on lettuce and garnish with olives and, if desired, pimiento, eggs and capers.
Also, complete a hearty lunch by scooping curried chicken salad onto lettuce-lined whole-wheat hamburger buns or rolls.
Makes 4 servings of salad.
Note: Generous main-dish servings for 50 will require 1 gallon cooked cubed chicken (about 17 pounds ready-to-cook chicken or 1 boneless 12-pound turkey).
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving (with skinless chicken breast): 590 calories, 52 grams total fat, 8 grams saturated fat, 90 milligrams cholesterol, 540 milligrams sodium. Per serving (with skinless chicken breast and fat-free mayonnaise): 232 calories, 8 grams total fat, 1.5 grams saturated fat, 60 milligrams cholesterol, 600 milligrams sodium.
Per serving (with skinless chicken thigh): 620 calories, 59 grams total fat, 9 grams saturated fat, 100 milligrams cholesterol, 550 milligrams sodium. Per serving (with skinless chicken thigh and fat-free mayonnaise): 265 calories, 13 grams total fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 70 milligrams cholesterol, 610 milligrams sodium.*