Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cashew Chicken Salad

My mom's here visiting, and we had this salad last night.*

Once when I was professional there was a baby shower at work.  My mom, being the trooper she is, volunteered to make this salad and I took it for the shower.  She told me that I would want copies of the recipe because people would ask for it.  I thought she was silly.  I mean, who makes food and says "This is so good you better take the recipe"?  But guess what?  People did ask for it.  Not just one person but several.  And when I didn't get them the recipe right away they kept asking for it.  So, as always, she was right.



4 Chicken Breasts, cooked and cubed
1 head of lettuce, cut into bite-size pieces
1-15 oz. can Chinese noodles (I prefer the rice noodles)
3 cups red grapes (If you are ambitious you can cut the grapes in half.  I have no ambitions)
2 cups cashews
1-2 stalks of celery, diced
1 bunch green onions, sliced


1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon sugar
Celery salt, onion salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the fruit, chicken and vegetables.  I don't like iceberg lettuce but I'm okay using it for this recipe.

Combine the dressing ingredients.

Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl.  Toss with the dressing and serve.

If you make the salad ahead of time mix everything but the lettuce, noodles and nuts.  Add the remaining ingredients just before serving so they won't be soggy.

*Niall says this is his favorite salad in the whole world.  Which is funny, because he doesn't eat chicken and he hates celery.  Also because we haven't been able to get the noodles here.  So basically Niall's favorite salad is not this recipe.  For the Niall version, we use Quorn chicken pieces instead of chicken, leave out the celery and add boiled egg noodles (usually Sharwood's) to replace the rice noodles.

1 comment:

AM said...

If I had this at a work shower and loved this and asked for the recipe - please don't give it to me. Let me enjoy it in ignorance.