Do you like to switch up the lettuce and greens you use in a salad, or do you typically stick with a favorite?
I’ll admit, I tend to use romaine quite a bit. And because radicchio is somewhat bitter, I would often use it almost as a garnish, to add color to a salad. But in this chicken salad, it’s a major component. It serves as the edible bowl! The bitterness works perfectly in this case, balancing the fruity sweet components of this springtime salad. This chicken salad is full of flavor and texture!
Tangy, sweet lemon yogurt is the basis for this light dressing.
Plump pieces of chicken and soft sweet dried cherries. Crunchy carrots, celery, radishes and toasted almonds. Fresh sweet peas and lovely fresh tarragon. This chicken salad has the best spring has to offer.
Perfect on it’s own, but really pretty served in individual leaves of radicchio.
A perfect lunch or brunch salad when you want to make any day feel special.
“Salad can get a bad rap. People think of bland and watery iceberg lettuce, but in fact, salads are an art form, from the simplest rendition, to a colorful kitchen sink approach.” Marcus Samuelsson
- 4 cups of cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
- 1-2 small heads of radicchio
- ½ cup of grated carrots
- ½ cup of fresh peas, blanched
- ½ cup of dried cherries
- ¼ cup of diced radishes
- ¼ of thinly sliced spring onions
- ¼ cup of diced celery
- ¼ cup of sliced, toasted almonds
- ½ cup of lemon yogurt
- ½ cup of mayonnaise
- 3 Tablespoons of chopped fresh tarragon
- 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place the chicken, carrots, peas, radishes, celery, onions, cherries, almonds & tarragon in a large bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon yogurt, mayonnaise, Dijon, lemon juice & zest, and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Carefully remove the leaves from the core of the radicchio. Rinse gently and pat or spin dry.
- Spoon chicken salad into each radicchio cup and garnish with almonds and tarragon if you wish.
- I recommend getting a couple of heads of radicchio to make sure you are able to find enough leaves of equal size. (They are larger and looser on the outer portion of the lettuce and smaller and tighter as you get to the core)
To those who work in acres, not hours, we thank you! Support your local farmers!