Monday, October 3, 2016

Fruited Chicken Salad for SRC


Fruited Chicken Salad
My assigned blog this month for the Secret Recipe Club is The Spiffy Cookie.  

I've told you about the Secret Recipe Club before.

We're a bunch of bloggers who are split into groups, we then get assigned a 'secret blog' to make and post a recipe from and then we all post them on the same day and see just which recipe from our blog that appealed to our assigned blogger.  I'm in group A, which means I have to make and post a recipe on the first Monday of the month.

This month I got The Spiffy Cookie   Erin seems to be not only a talented baker, cook and all around majorly accomplished person, but she's also a microbiology researcher.   Wow...  And did I mention she's also a proud aunt.  A very busy lady. 
And with all that she also has a great blog and I had so much fun looking up recipes.

Confession time here, I didn't get much beyond her appetizer section until I realized I had yet another potluck to go to and then I looked up salads.   I had some chicken, grapes and apples and I found 'the recipe', but in the way of bloggers I did change it up a tad. I didn't have any yoghurt, but I did have some Litehouse Ranch Dressing and some lovely buttermilk in the fridge, so I mixed them together.   Why not?  And I added some Miracle Whip, cause it needed, something more.  There wasn't a great deal of dressing on here, but that's a good thing for me.

Recipe:  Fruity Chicken Salad  Serves 8 or so

2-3 Chicken Breasts, broiled, cooled and chopped, about 4 cups worth
1/2 cup Litehouse Ranch Dressing
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1 tablespoon Miracle Whip
1 tsp. Celery Seed
1 1/2 cups Seedless grapes (I had some
1 apple, diced (I had some new crop Gala apples)
1/2 cup Golden Raisins
1 cup Pecans, chopped
1/2 cup Toasted Sunflower Seeds  (can also use regular seeds)


Chop the chicken, apples and grapes so that they all have about the same size.  Whisk together the ranch Dressing and Buttermilk.   Place the chicken, grapes, apples, cranberries and nuts into a bowl.
Pour the dressing over and toss to combine.
Fruited Chicken Salad

Serve however you like to eat Chicken Salad.  Erin suggests eating them wrapped in whole wheat tortilla.    Although I think this would be so good in some mini croissants or maybe piled on some patty shells or ?

 I was going to add some Dried Cranberries to this salad cause I thought they would add not only a nice pop of color, but a little something extra.  However, the cranberries that I 'knew' I had, are hiding, somewhere in the pantry and won't come out when I go look, so I opened up a package of golden raisins and added them instead.  It was a good thing. 

Fruited Chicken Salad
I was also intrigued with the idea of making Shepherds Pies in a Potato Skin.   I'm thinking it would be a fun take along to a potluck when it gets cooler here.   It's still too darn hot outside to think about keeping the oven on for any length of time.
Erin had lots more recipes that I've bookmarked, along with her site.  
There was her Banana Bread Granola Bites which I actually had decided to make but then forgot to buy the Dried Bananas for it.   But I will be making them, sometime.
The Bacon Fig Asiago Grilled Cheese Sandwiches sounded great  as well.
I'm just so glad I got her blog, cause as soon as I can carve out some more time, I'm going to dive in, headfirst and look at the rest of her recipes.   Even though I got stuck in the Appetizer section for way too long this month.

BTW...  The leftover salad, and there wasn't much left, made a great breakfast.  I thought it was pretty healthy, fruit, protein and nuts.  And the apples stayed nice and crunchy and white.


Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

14 comments:

  1. Man I haven't made that recipe in a long time! I need to revisit it maybe with your changes.

    P.S. I'm not a mother but I am a proud aunt haha!

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    1. Whoops, I apologize, I have no idea where I got that from, I will change it to a proud aunt. BTW, love that salad, and it's one I'll be making again.

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  2. I love chicken salad but rarely make it at home... odd!

    great version with the grapes!

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    1. Me too, why? I have no idea. I think this recipe will be made from time to time. I love the grapes in here as well.

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  3. Look at that combination. Now that is a chicken salad I could really get into. Happy Reveal Day!

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    1. It was really good, I loved the combination as well. Thanks

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  4. Love your little grape slices on top! Fancy! I'm a secret Miracle Whip lover and the only one in our house that will have anything to do with it. More for me!

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    1. So happy to meet a fellow Miracle Whip lover, lol. I keep it on hand cause sometimes it adds the elusive 'something' to a recipe. Besides which it tastes great on a turkey and swiss sandwich. Oh, and my MIL's Potato Salad. I had fun with the grapes, they did add a certain, something?

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  5. Chicken salad is one of my all time favourite salads to make, but like Sally, I rarely make it home too, which again, is odd as it is a main meal in salad bowl!

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    1. I love a good chicken salad, and always eat some when someone else makes it, but had never tried making it myself. That's going to change. It really made a lovely meal, well, it was great for breakfast, lol.

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  6. I always add fruit to my chicken and tuna salads. This looks like a fantastic version. Great SRC recipe!

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    1. Thanks, it was good, I love fruit and chicken together but the amount of nuts in here was nuts, and soooo good.

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this delicious Fruited Chicken Salad with us, it will be so good. Hope you will come back to see us at Full Plate Thursday real soon and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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  8. What a pretty Salad! Bookmarked for when we return to salad season. At the moment we are firmly into soup season lol

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