Monday, June 22, 2015

Red, White, and Blueberry Chicken Salad

 If you're one of my regular readers, you know that I like to share red white and blue dessert recipes for the 4th of July.  I'm always looking for fresh new things that would be perfect to bring to a 4th of July cookout. Well, did you ever think of making a SAVORY dish that is red white and blue? Once before, I made a Strawberry Salsa served with sour cream and blue corn chips (which was delicious, btw), and now I have this delicious recipe to add to my savory recipes for the 4th of July!
 Now, I know you may be saying "blueberries in chicken salad??" And to that I say "ABSOLUTELY!" It's light and fresh and it's the perfect salad to serve while you're celebrating the 4th. You could also make sandwiches and have a picnic! It's just different enough to be a showstopper but tasty enough to not have any leftovers. Cool, huh? It's my version of a recipe I found online and I hope you'll give it a try!

3 cups cooked chicken (roughly one rotisserie chicken, shredded or diced)
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup finely diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
3 tbs mayonnaise
1 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste

Place the chicken, blueberries, and peppers in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour the dressing over the chicken and gently toss until well coated with the dressing. Taste and adjust seasoning, if needed. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Can be made a day ahead. That's all there is to it!

-Be sure to toss the ingredients GENTLY when you mix them. You don't want to smash the berries.
-Instead of using onion powder, you can use some diced scallions instead. If you're keeping with the red white and blue, just use the white parts of the scallions!
-Not a fan of Greek yogurt? Use sour cream instead!
-The original recipe called for lemon yogurt. I tasted it and all I could taste was the artificial sweetener. Ugh. Not at all what I was hoping for. That's why I figured the plain yogurt, lemon juice and just a touch of sugar would be a better alternative. Let me know what you think!

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