This is a recipe that I have been tweaking for sometime, beginning last summer. I checked out the ingredients listed and it hit me! I will tweak it with some of these things that I wouldn't have thought of before had it not been for this contest! This is delicious and perfect for a luncheon with friends or just for family out on the deck this summer! Bon Appetite my friends!
- 1 1⁄2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts, uncooked
- 1 cup pineapple chunk
- 3⁄4 cup canned artichoke heart, not marinated, sliced
- 3⁄4 cup cucumber, sliced thin and quartered
- 3⁄4 cup green grape, sliced
- 3⁄4 cup peach, diced
- 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon celery leaves, dried
- 2 teaspoons sea salt, ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black peppercorns, ground
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dill leaves, dried
- 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise
- 4 ounces Laughing Cow light swiss cheese, 4 wedges
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Grill 1 1/2 inch thick chicken breasts in George Foreman Grill on medium, for 12 minutes or until juice runs clear. Cool and cut into 1/2 inch pieces and chill in refrigerator til time to use.
- In a large bowl combine 2 Tbs. minced shallots, 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon celery leaves, 2 teaspoons sea salt, 1/2 teaspoons ground pepper, 1/2 teaspoons dill leaves, 3/4 cup mayonaise (I use mayonaise with extra-virgin olive oil in it).
- Then add 4 wedges of the cheese and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. Mix well until the cheese is well incorporated with the mayo mixture and is creamy.
- Next take chicken from the refrigerator and add pineapple chunks, sliced artichokes, sliced and quartered cucumbers, sliced grapes, and diced peaches.
- Add mayonaise mixture and toss with chicken and fruits and veggies.
- Chill for 2- 3 hours and serve on croissants, breads of your choice or on a bed of Romaine or Spinach leaves and sliced grape tomatoes for garnish. Add a bunch of red grapes too for color.
I thought this was lovely! I have never heard of dried celery leaves so I used fresh. I like how the cheese 'disappears' into the dressing as I don't care much for eating unmelted cheese as such. I think it would be a good idea to halve or quarter the pineapple chucks so they'll be similar size to the other ingredients. I served this in pita breads. A well written contest recipe! Best of luck to you!