With gorgeous spring like weather in the Carolina’s I was inspired to whip up my spin on chicken salad for a luncheon this week.
For this recipe I used the Naked Chicken by Joyce Farms courtesy of The Peachstand, raised without antibiotics, hormones or steroids, the flavor of this free range chicken is beyond superior! Simply roasted, shredded and lightly dressed while still warm, for a delicious taste sensation.
I do love chicken salad, but I’ve never been a fan of the heavy mayonn-aisy dressing! To lighten up this dressing, I created a blend of buttermilk and an Asian spin with rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil and wasabi. For the mayonnaise I used the healthier choice of avocado mayonnaise, home made could also be substituted.
Cool crisp cucumber and sweet crunchy Asian Pears provided the perfect contrast to this tangy salad, you could substitute regular pears, simply look for those that are still a little firm.
And lastly, I nestled the salad on quinoa and delicate, buttery Boston Bib lettuce, hydroponically grown courtesy of Living Goodness Produce of Denver, NC.
I hope you try this beautiful salad with notes of spring!
Chicken Salad with Asian Pear
A fresh take on chicken salad, served with a tangy wasabi buttermilk dressing.
- 1 Chicken, Roasted
- 1 Asian Pear, small dice
- 1 English Cucumber, small dice
- 2 Celery Ribs, small dice
- 4 Spring Onion stalks, minced
- 1 Tbsp. Parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 Lemon
- 1 Cup Quinoa, cooked
- 2 Heads Butter Lettuce, torn into bite size pieces
- 2 tsp. Sesame & Vegetable Seasoning
Roast the Chicken; preheat the oven to 375F, season the chicken with salt, pepper and one tablespoon of olive oil. Place on a roasting pan, and roast for 45 minute, breast side down. Flip and roast a further 45 minutes.
Allow to cool enough to handle, shred chicken, discard the bones or reserve to make home made broth.
While the chicken roasts, prepare the Salad ingredients and Wasabi Buttermilk Dressing. Toss the salad ingredients with a squeeze of lemon and the chopped parsley.
Toss the warm chicken with just enough dressing to coat. Serve immediately, or allow to chill.
To serve, assemble each plate or a large platter with lettuce, top with a little quinoa, the chicken salad, Asian pear, cucumber and celery.
Sprinkle with the sesame shake and serve with extra dressing on the side.
by Carol Green
Recipe NotesReady roast deli chicken can be substituted.
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
- 1/2 Cup Avocado Mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. Wasabi powder, to taste
- 1/4 Cup Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Tamari Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1 Tbsp. Honey
- 1 Tbsp. Chopped Parsley
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
Keeps in the fridge up to five days.
by Carol Green