Southwest Chicken Salad

Southwestern Chicken Salad with lime wedge and cilantro
Southwest Chicken Salad
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There are so many ways to make chicken salad-the key is using flavors that work well together and compliment the chicken. This version has a southwest flare with avocado and cilantro blended in with a cumin and lime dressing. This is a cool, light salad that is perfect for summer time and a great way to use up that leftover chicken.
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8servings 30minutes 40min 494
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  1. In a large stock pot, season 10 cups of water with a couple of tablespoons of garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and ground cumin.
  2. Bring to a boil, add boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  3. Return to a boil and cook for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. While that is boiling, chop the red onion, cilantro, celery and avocado. Chop the basil and set aside.
  5. Remove chicken breast from the pot and set aside to cool.
  6. Once cooled, shred the chicken breasts and place in a bowl.
  7. Add the chopped onions, celery, avocado and cilantro and mix well, careful not to smash the avocado too much.
To make the dressing
  1. Place the mayo in a bowl and squeeze the lime on top.
  2. Add the ground cumin and the basil and ground pepper.
  3. Mix everything together very well and taste.
  4. Add salt if needed.
Mix It All Together and Serve
  1. Mix the dressing into the shredded chicken, starting with about half.
  2. Mix well and add more dressing until it is the consistency that you desire.
  3. Serve on a bed of lettuce with a lime wedge and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro.
Recipe Notes

This is an excellent way to use leftover chicken. Just remove the skin and pull the meat off the bone. Using BBQ’d, fried or roasted chicken will add an interesting flavor dimension. Using some dark meat is fine and a personal preference. Be cautious adding additional salt, as the chicken will likely be salted from its previous use. Of course, if you use leftovers you can skip steps 1 - 3!

I prefer to prepare this with shredded chicken, however if you would prefer to chop or dice the chicken, that is perfectly fine.

If you don't have fresh basil, you can substitute 1 teaspoon of dried basil.

Want to spice it up a bit? Remove the seeds and membrane from a jalapeno, dice it up and toss it in!

 

 

Sensation Salad

Sensation Salad on a white platter with salad tongs
Sensation Salad on a white platter with salad tongs
Sensation Salad
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The distinct flavors of garlic, lemon juice and Romano cheese combined with light oils are tossed with simple iceberg or romaine lettuce, making this a true Louisiana "sensation"!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Calories per Serving
298
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Calories per Serving
298
Sensation Salad on a white platter with salad tongs
Sensation Salad
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The distinct flavors of garlic, lemon juice and Romano cheese combined with light oils are tossed with simple iceberg or romaine lettuce, making this a true Louisiana "sensation"!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Calories per Serving
298
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 20 Minutes
Calories per Serving
298
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For the Dressing
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  1. Mix the ingredients for the Dressing together in a jar or a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Trim the hard, white centers from the lettuce. Wash and dry the lettuce, then tear or chop it into bite size pieces and place on a large platter or in a large salad bowl.
  3. Sprinkle chopped parsley and Romano cheese on top of the lettuce.
  4. Sprinkle on the blue cheese (if using).
  5. Shake or whisk the dressing to mix well and ladle as much as you like on the lettuce.
  6. Toss the lettuce, cheese and dressing until all the lettuce leaves are well coated.
Recipe Notes

This makes a great side salad for jambalaya, etouffe or gumbo or an entree salad with some grilled chicken or shrimp. Any leftover dressing can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks. Just pour it on lettuce topped with Romano cheese for a quick treat.

Nutrition Facts
Sensation Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 42%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 403mg 17%
Potassium 302mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 111%
Vitamin C 53%
Calcium 29%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sweet and Savory Creamy Cole Slaw

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Sweet Daddy D's Sweet and Savory Creamy Cole Slaw
Crisp, cool Cole slaw, creamy sweet and savory dressing, perfect side dish for burgers or BBQ or fried seafood, perfect with just about anything.
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  1. Mix mayo, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper together in a small bowl and set aside. Let sit about 30 minutes.
  2. Place shredded cabbage, carrots and apple in a bowl, add sliced onion and celery seed and toss together. Add dressing a little at a time and mix well until you have the consistency you want.
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