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This salad simply bursts with flavour.  The creamy curry dressing brings the chicken, mangos, and cashews to life. I love how the salad tastes decadent even though the ingredients themselves are fairly ordinary.  And in the middle of winter, it reminds me of lazy Autumn afternoons.

It holds well and makes for tasty leftovers – reserve the cashews to keep them crunchy if you don’t plan on eating all of the salad in one sitting.

This recipe comes from the Gourmet cookbook, one of my favourites.  Some of their recipes can be fussy, but this one is fairly straightforward. When cooking for company, I will specially poach chicken breasts, but if it’s just myself, I will use whatever leftover chicken I have on hand in the fridge (be in light or dark meat, from a roast or grilled).

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Curried Chicken Salad

(serves 4 to 6 as a main course)

 

Ingredients

For salad:

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (~1.5 lbs total)

2 Tbsp kosher salt

1 medium red onion, chopped

1 firm, but ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 cup red seedless grapes, halved

1/2 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped

 

For dressing:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup plain yogurt

5 tsp curry powder

1 tbsp fresh lime juice

1 tsp honey

1/2 tsp ground ginger

Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

Poach the chicken:

Coat chicken with kosher salt in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature turning once or twice, for 15 minutes.

Rinse salt from chicken.  Poach chicken in a saucepan of barely simmering well-salted water, uncovered for 6 minutes.  Remove from heat and let chicken stand in cooking liquid, covered, until just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and cool for 10 minutes.

Make the dressing:

Meanwhile, whisk together the mayo, yogurt, curry powder, lime juice, honey, ginger, salt and pepper, in a large bowl.

Assemble the salad:

Cut chicken into 1/2- inch pieces and add to dressing. Add onion, mango, grapes, and cashews. Stir gently to combine.

 

If you are preparing the salad in advance, reserve cashews and add to salad just before serving to avoid them becoming soggy.

Bon Appetit!

– Catherine

 

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Going through my fridge, looking for lunch inspiration, I had some leftover curried mayo, about a cup of bulgar, and some fruit. It occured to me how delicious fruit and curry are in combination, so I decided to make a salad. Curry really likes watery fruits, so I chopped up some kiwi and catelope, threw in some red onion for colour and cucumber for crunch. Bulgur has a subtle light, nutty flavour and blended with the fruite beautifully. The result exceeded my expectations – I’ll soon have to find an excuse to make some curried mayo, so I can whip up a leftover salad!

Curried Bulgar and Fruit Salad
(2 servings)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup curried mayonnaise (https://gourmeh.wordpress.com/2011/04/07/curried-mayo/)

1 cup cooked bulgar

3 inch piece of cucumber, chopped

1/4 cup of red onion, minced

1/8 of a catelope, chopped

3 kiwis, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped

 

Directions:

Mix everything together.  Adjust any ingredient and serve chilled.  Garnish with extra chopped cilantro!

– Catherine

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