TARRAGON CHICKEN SALAD LOAF

TARRAGON CHICKEN SALAD LOAF

2 pounds Chicken breasts *
1 pound Asparagus **
1/2 cup Water
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Tarragon -- dried crushd
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/8 teaspoon Pepper
1 Carrot -- shredded
1 Red pepper -- chopped
3 Green onions -- minced
1 pound Egg Bread -- oval loaf unslice

* Boned, skinned and split ** Cut diagnally in 1/2 inch pieces

1. In 13 x 9 x 2-inch microwave-safe baking dish, arrange chicken breasts with thicker portions toward outside. Cover with plastic wrap; turn back one corner to vent. Cook on HIGH 10 minutes, turning chicken over after 5 minutes. Let cool in dish.

2. In medium glass bowl, combine asparagus and water. Cover; vent. Cook on HIGH 3 minutes; drain. Rince with cold water; drain. Set aside.

3. In bowl, whisk mayonnaise with lemon juice, tarragon, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in asparagus, carrot, red pepper and onions. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces. Stir into mayonnaise mixture.

4. With serrated knife, cut off a thin slice from top of bread;
remove inside (reserve for other use), leaving a 1/2-inch shell. Spoon
salad into bread shell, mounding slightly. If desired, garnish with fresh tarragon. To serve, cut into wedges. Makes 8 to 10 servings.


TEX-MEX PASTA SALAD

4 Tomatoes -- chopped
1 Green pepper -- cubed
1 Yellow pepper -- cubed
1/2 Hot pepper -- chopped
3 tablespoons Olive oil
3 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
1 Clove garlic -- minced
2 tablespoons Chopped parsley
1 tablespoon Chili powder
2 cups Cooked pasta
1/2 cup Jack cheese -- cubed
2 tablespoons Sunflower seeds

Combine vegetables in large bowl. Combine oil, vinegar, garlic, parsley, chili powder, salt & pepper to taste. Pour over vegetable mixture. Stir in cooked pasta, sprinkle with cheese and sunflower seeds, toss. Chill.


TEX-MEX SALAD

1 Onion -- chopped
4 Tomatoes -- chopped
1 Head lettuce -- chopped
1 1/4 cups Cheddar cheese -- grated
3/4 cup Italian dressing
1 pound Ground meat, beef, turkey -- or chicken
15 ounces Kidney beans -- drained
1/4 teaspoon Vegetable seasoning
1 Bag tortilla chips -- crushed
1 large Avocado -- sliced
7 1/2 ounces Olives

Toss onion, tomatoes, lettuce and cheese with Italian dressing; set aside. Brown meat; add drained beans and vegetable seasoning; simmer 10 minutes. Mix with cold salad. Toss in crushed tortilla chips and avocado slices. Garnish with olives, if desired.


Tex-Mex Tuna Salad

2 cans Solid white tuna in water -- drained and flaked (
1/2 cup Sliced ripe olives
1/2 cup Sliced green onions w/tops
1/2 cup Thinly sliced celery
2/3 cup Pace Picante Sauce
1/2 cup Dairy sour cream
1 teaspoon Ground cumin
Lettuce leaves -- OR
Shredded lettuce
12 Taco shells -- OR
3 cups Tortilla chips

Combine tuna, olives, green onions and celery in medium bowl. Combine Pace Picante Sauce, sour cream and cumin; mix well. Pour over tuna mixture; toss lightly. To serve, line taco shells with lettuce leaves; spoon tuna mixture into shells. Or, line individual serving plates with shredded lettuce; top with tuna mixture and surround with tortilla chips.

Drizzle with additional Pace Picante Sauce; top with additional sour
cream, if desired.


THAI POMELO-AND-CHICKEN SALAD

1 Pomelo -- -=OR=-
1 -Grapefruit (sweet ruby red)
1 Whole cooked chicken breast -- hand-shredded
1 teaspoon Chopped red chili -- (or to taste)
1 tablespoon Fish sauce (nam pla)
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 small Lime -- juiced
1 Head of leaf lettuce -- (for garnish)
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh coriander
2 tablespoons Crisp Fried Shallot Flakes -- (Instructions follow
1/4 cup Chopped roasted peanuts
-----CRISP FRIED SHALLOT FLAKES-----
6 Shallots -- thinly sliced
1 cup Vegetable oil

Pomelo looks like a thick-skinned, oversized grapefruit, and it is sweeter than the normal grapefruit.

PEEL AND SEPARATE pomelo segments. Remove and discard membranes. Gently
flake the flesh. If using grapefruit, drain excess juice. Chill. In large bowl, combine pomelo and shredded chicken. Mix together the chopped red chili with fish sauce, sugar and lime juice; toss with chicken mixture.

Arrange on a bed of lettuce, garnish with coriander leaves, peanuts, and 2 teaspoons of the Crisp Fried Shallot Flakes.

CRISP FRIED SHALLOT FLAKES: Slice shallots into thin slices. Be sure they are all the same thinness to ensure even cooking. Heat a pan with the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add shallots and fry slowly until browned and crisp, about 5 to 10 minutes. The moisture in the shallots should be completely cooked out. Drain on paper towel. Stored in an air-tight container, the shallots will keep several weeks.

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