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I enjoy a good chicken salad anytime of year. This simple curried chicken salad comes together easily once you’ve poached your chicken. I’ve also made it using leftover chicken or even a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. The raisins are simmered in wine, which is a delicious touch; the wine thins the mayonnaise into more of a light curry sauce. You can make this salad ahead of time, it should be refrigerated at least an hour before serving.Curried Chicken Salad


Curried Chicken Salad




3 pounds boneless chicken breasts poached until tender and cooled to room temperature.

3 ribs of celery, chopped

2 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into chunks

¾ cup golden raisins

1 cup dry white wine

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp. ground ginger

2-3 Tbsp. curry powder

1 ½ cups mayonnaise

Salt to taste




Cut the  poached chicken breasts into one-inch chunks. Toss the chicken, celery and apples together in a large bowl.


Place the raisins and wine in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling over medium high heat. Reduce the heart and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Add the raisins and liquid to the chicken and toss to combine.


Add the lime juice, ginger and curry powder to the chicken salad and toss again. Bind the salad with the mayonnaise and season to taste with salt.


Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and garnish with apple slices. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving. Serves 6-8 people.


This salad is also delicious served in a croissant as a sandwich.Curried Chicken Salad


What is your favorite way to serve chicken salad? I love a good chicken and grape salad but I think this curried chicken salad is my favorite.Curried Chicken Salad


You can also decorate the salad with curry colored summer flowers such as marigolds or zinnias.



This week we’ve been enjoying cooler nights and warm sunny days, just the perfect fall weather. I’m also trying to use up various items from our freezer. I had a half of a package of edamame beans in the freezer and decided to make this cold Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad. It was a perfect dish to enjoy during our “Indian Summer”. The recipe makes enough for six so we had leftovers, which make for a delicious lunch the next day.


The recipe only takes about 20 minutes of preparation time and maybe 15 minutes to heat the water for the pasta and cook the pasta. I love a recipe that comes together in under 30 minutes!Edamame Noodle Salad


Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad



6 ounces of whole wheat linguine

1 cup thawed frozen shelled edamame

3 Tbsp. soy sauce

3 Tbsp. peanut butter

3 Tbsp. rice vinegar

1 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. peeled and grated fresh ginger

1 ½ tsp. sesame oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

2 scallions, slic

1 large carrot, shredded

1 red pepper, very thinly sliced

½ English cucumber, thinly sliced




Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Add the edamame during the last five minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse under cold water. Place in a large bowl.


Whisk the soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, honey, ginger, sesame oil, garlic and pepper flakes in a bowl until well blended. Mix Combine the pasta, scallions, carrot, bell pepper and cucumber in your large bowl.Edamame Noodle Salad Add the soy sauce mixture and toss to coat. Serve at once or cover and refrigerate up to one day.Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad


This edamame peanut noodle salad would be delicious anytime of the year but is especially good during the warm weather when you just want a quick meal and don’t want to spend much time at the stove!Edamame Peanut Noodle Salad


Have you used edamame in your recipes before?

Spring is the time of year we all get recommitted to eating healthy and exercising more. The weather is nicer and fresh greens become more readily available. As we incorporate salads into our daily meals one of my favorites to include is this delicious spring salad. It is one of my favorite salads, a pear and blue cheese salad with candied nuts. Candied nuts are a wonderful addition to this salad they add a nice crunch and help dress up the salad just a bit. You can read more about making your own candied nuts by clicking here. As you look for a salad to include in your meals try this delicious spring salad. It’s perfect to enjoy with a simple lunch or alongside your dinner. The homemade dressing made with maple syrup is an added bonus! Adding an avocado and dried cranberries is optional, and delicious, addition to the salad.


Pear & Blue Cheese Saladdelicious spring salad



1 head of spinach or about 10 oz of fresh salad greens
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1-2 pears, thinly sliced
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
½ cup candied pecans or walnuts (see my blog for recipe!)
1 avocado, cubed (optional)
¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)



¼ cup maple syrup
⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
⅓ cup mayonnaise
¾ tsp sea salt
¼ tsp ground pepper


Layer the greens, onion, pears, blue cheese and, pecans. Add avocado or dried cranberries as desired. Blend the dressing ingredients together in a blender or a small jar. Pour the dressing over the salad just before serving.delicious spring salad



As we enjoy the beautiful spring weather take the time to get outside and go for a walk. Plan your meals ahead of time making healthy choices and be sure to include this delicious spring salad in your menu planning! You’ll be glad you did.candied pecans, pear, salad



Lately I’ve been sharing a lot of simple soups, today I share one of our favorite simple salads. I love salad but I don’t necessarily like to make salads. So when I find a simple salad that is easy to make and tastes delicious it’s a winner in my book! I don’t know if you’ve ever made your own candied nuts but they are a wonderful addition to this salad. You can read more about making your own candied nuts HERE. If you don’t want to make your own I’ve seen candied nuts for sale in the grocery store. Either way they are a wonderful addition to this salad. Pear and Blue Cheese Salad is a perfect fall salad and I’ve even served it with our Christmas dinner before. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!simple salads, Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad


Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad



1 head of spinach or about 10 oz of fresh salad greens

1 red onion, thinly sliced

1-2 pears, thinly sliced

½ cup blue cheese, crumbled

½ cup candied pecans or walnuts
1 avocado, cubed (optional)

¼ cup dried cranberries (optional)



¼ cup maple syrup

⅓ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

⅓ cup mayonnaise

¾ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp ground pepper


Before you assemble the salad make the dressing. Combine all the dressing ingredients together in a bender. Mix up the dressing ingredients ahead of time. This will make putting the salad together even quicker.


To put the salad together layer the greens, thinly sliced onion, sliced pears, blue cheese and, pecans.salad, recipes, pears, lettuce Add avocado or dried cranberries as desired. Pour over the salad just before serving. Serve and enjoy.


For an easy dinner serve this salad with one of the simples soups I shared recently; Irish Yellow Broth, Chicken Pot Pie Soup or Butternut Squash Soup would all pair perfectly with this salad.Pear and Bleu Cheese Salad

I have mentioned before how much I enjoy shrimp. For me this salad is one of those perfect summertime salads, it can be served as a light dinner with some fresh homemade bread or you can enjoy it for lunch. To make it lighter use fat-free mayonnaise. By all means use fresh ingredients from your garden if possible! This easy salad makes about 9 servings.Shrimp 'n Shells Salad

Shrimp and Pasta Salad

8 oz uncooked small pasta shells
1 cup mayonnaise
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup buttermilk
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
1 ½ tsp minced fresh basil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 pound cooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ cup frozen peas
1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced

Cook the pasta according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking make the dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, buttermilk, onion, parsley, basil salt and pepper in a blender; cover and process until blended.

Drain the pasta and rinse in cold water. In a large bowl combine the pasta, shrimp, peas, tomato and scallions. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.Shrimp 'n Shells Salad

Perfect with a glass of wine on the deck!Shrimp 'n Shells Salad

One of my favorite means is a salad. I don’t always enjoy putting the salad together but I sure enjoy eating them. Here are ten of my favorite salads, perfect for a light spring dinner.Top 10 Spring Salads

Blueberry and Chicken SaladBlueberry & Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad with BerriesRecipe Box, Prudent Living, recipes

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and CornFarro Salad with Tomatoes and Corn

Grilled Corn Salad with Goat CheeseGrilled Corn Salad with Goat Cheese.

Kale Saladsalad, prudent living, recipe box

Mexican Turkey SaladMexican Turkey Salad

Pasta Spinach Saladpasta salad, spinach

Pear and Blue cheese Saladcandied pecans, pear, salad

Rice Noodle Salad with Shrimp

Seven Layer Saladsalad, recipe box, prudent living

Summertime Tuna SaladSummertime Tuna SaladHope you enjoy all these salad recipes as much as I do!

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