This is an easy, delicious tasting salad and looks fantastic. Serve it in jagged cut tomato cups. It can also be served as an appetizer when the Roma's are small, and can be made ahead of time.
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 drops liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped celery
- 4 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
- 4 tablespoons Best Foods Mayonnaise
- 1 lemon, zest of
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- kosher salt, to taste
- 10 -12 small roma tomatoes (or Plum)
- 1⁄2 cup chiffonade arugula
- 2 tablespoons almonds, chopped and toasted
- Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Drizzle a few drops of Liquid Smoke over the chicken. Saute in butter over medium heat until juices are clear; set aside to cool.
- Cut the chicken into a small dice and set aside.
- Using a sharp knife, make large 1-inch jagged cuts around each Roma tomato lengthwise.
- Carefully lift the tops off the tomatoes, scoop out and discard the tomato pulp from both halves, (I use the pulp for pasta or soup), leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell.
- Season each shell with Kosher salt and place the shells, cut side down, on paper towels to drain. Let stand for 30 minutes, or cover and refrigerate overnight. You may have to slice a small amount off the bottom of each shell to keep them from tipping on their sides.
- In a small bowl, combine cooked chicken, celery, and green onion. Stir in mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, freshly cracked black pepper and Kosher salt to taste.
- Just before serving, stir in arugula and almonds into the chicken mixture. Spoon some salad into each tomato shell and arrange on a platter.
- Garnish each tomato shell with additional lemon zest, toasted almonds and a chiffonade of arugula and serve.
What a great lunch and a beautiful presentation.This is something special to make for a luncheon and you can prepare everything ahead of time. I think I cut the wrong way; I cut horizontal instead of lenthwise; good anyways and this is a 5*recipe.I made it for WT4.Thanks for sharing. Sage/Rita
Delicious! We really enjoyed the combination of flavors. The celery, green onions and almonds gave this some crunch, while the liquid smoke and lemon zest added a nice taste and aroma. I was unable to find arugula so I substituted romaine lettuce, and while it was good this way, I'm guessing it would be even better with the peppery arugula. I have to say that after mutilating 2 tomatoes, I gave up on doing the jagged tomato cups, and just served the salad in tomato halves. lol. My DH told me that he could eat these for lunch 2-3 days a week. Now that's a first for him. Thanks kiwidutch for a real keeper.