Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Italian Chicken Salad

Last day of the heatwave so they say. I'll believe it when I don't feel it. We have pretty crummy weather people. I mean think about it if you loved weather, if weather was your life's passion, what made you all zingy would you really choose Southern California to be a weather person where the majority of the time (like 320 days a year) the weather report is: Sunny & Hot. Nope. You'd go to tornado alley or the hurricane areas. Places where there's real weather. My theory: we get the bottom of their class weather people or ex-football stars who just majored in meteorology while they were playing for the school's team ;) they probably didn't even take their own tests. So I don't hold much stock in what they say till I feel it (or don't feel it) as the case may be.

Well if they are right I might actually turn on my oven tomorrow but tonight I was still looking for quick & cool. Using the breast from a storebought Rotisserie Chicken makes this a super quick & easy dinner.

It was soooo good...

Shelly's Italian Chicken Salad

2 Rotisserie Chicken Breasts, chopped
1 Cucumber, diced
1 stalk Celery, sliced
1/4 of a Red Onion, diced
2 Green Onions, diced
12 Cherry Tomatoes, halved
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil, chopped
1/2 of a 13.75 oz. can Artichoke Hearts (water packed, non-marinated type), chopped
2 Roasted Red or Yellow Peppers (water packed, non-marinated type), chopped
2 Tablespoons Pistachios

3 oz. Fage Greek Yogurt
2 Tablespoons storebought Pesto Sauce
1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Toss all ingredients together with dressing. Chill.

I served it as is but you could serve it as a wrap (low carb tortilla or lettuce leaf cup)

The cherry tomatoes (AWESOME year), cucumber (first one not the best year) & basil (doing great in it's new location) were straight out of my garden.


Miss Soul said...

Ever try cream cheese instead of mayo? I do that with tuna...it works well.

Diane said...

I discovered your "Bites" travel well frozen! My co-workers commented on my fancy little quiches and yummy looking salad! Delish!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I haven't tried cream cheese as a sub TY for the tip.


Diane, I flew to Pennsylvania with 150 frozen bites in my luggage once. So glad your peeps enjoyed them.


Canticles said...

This looks AMAZING!!!! Another winner, Shelly!

Jennifer Miller said...

This looks so fabulous!! I can't wait to try it :)

MK said...

Oh sweet perfection! I have chicken breast waiting to be cooked in the fridge - until the 90% humidity just calms the heck down here on the east coast! :) it's supposed to break just enough tomorrow to endure, eek, c o o k i n g.
This looks totally worth it.

SMP said...

That sounds so good! I will have to try it soon. Like tomorrow.

Crisna said...

This looks totally delish! I can't wait to try it! Keep coming with the awesome recipes!!! :O)

LollyChops said...

I just found your site via OH and I am in love (your writing style and recipes are FAB). I lost about 3 hours yesterday just poking around. Thanks so much for all you do!

Oh...and this recipe sounds amazing!!

Miss Cali Zaftig said...

Yay! Another recipe for me to try next week! ;-D

Miss Soul said...

You're welcome...let me know how it works out for you.

Tammara, Jess and Cory said...

Shelly we are going to be camping for a week at the fair and I just said about 20 mins ago to my husband I wish I had a Chicken Salad recipe. Thank you so much. Hope you are staying cooler.

Diamond Girl said...

This was amazing. I served it up for dinner two nights ago & wish I had a bigger tummy to fit more in!! Very good, thank you for the recipe Shelly!