Deluxe Chicken or Turkey Salad (julia Child)
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- Ready In:
- 6 cups skinless and boneless cooked chicken or 6 cups cooked turkey, cut into bite size pieces
- freshly ground white pepper
- 1 tablespoon light olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon finely cut tarragon leaves or 1/4 teaspoon fragrant dried tarragon
- 1 cup tender celery, diced
- 1⁄2 cup scallions or 1/2 cup mild onion, minced
- 3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- 3⁄4 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade
- 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and dried
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- fresh parsley
- 3 -5 slices of red pimentos
- Season the chicken or turkey in a large mixing bowl with the salt, pepper, and oil.
- Add lemon juice, herbs, celery, onions, romaine and optional walnuts- mix well.
- Taste and add more salt/pepper/lemon juice if required.
- Let mixture marinate for at least 10 minutes, tossing several times.
- Drain any accumulated liquid out of the salad, then fold in just enough mayonnaise to coat the ingredients.
- Garnish before serving, if desired.
- Note: Salad may be prepared a day in advance; cover and refrigerate.
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Old Norfolk Va. Recipe is a twist on Julia's recipe only BETTER! My Grandmother made the BEST "Chic-Sal" for her "Bridge Ladies". She would boil 2 chickens in lightly (sea) salted and peppered water; let it cool in the water for 1 hr. ("let the chicken bathe") skim off fat and save the broth for stock later; skin and debone breasts. (save the dark meat for soup with the saved stock) and cover in frig for 1 hr.+-; cut up chic in nice bite-sized chunks; add chopped celery (not too fine), sweet onion (not too much: "it is a spice- treat it that way"), walnuts, pinch of fresh basil , fresh ("is there any other") black pepper, lightly sea salt to taste, Helman's Mayo., dash of red wine vinegar,T. of orange marmalade (or apricot jam). Toss lightly- "you want it a 'tad-bit' dry" ( it becomes watery with the celery and mayo). Stuff it in a half ripe tomato, dash with paprika, and a sprig of parsley or water cress, and bed in cold, crisp iceberg lettuce with tangerine slices or watermelon pickle. "Ooooeeee, mmmm!" Alice Doughtie
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