Curry Chicken Salad

Curry is a popular spice that has a number of valuable health benefits, including the prevention of cancer, protection, against heart disease, reduces the risks for Alzheimer’s disease, eases pain & inflammation, boosts bone health, protects the immune system from bacterial infections, and increases the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body.  It’s a power house of health when it comes to thyroid health and it’s great for calming inflammation. I use curry every chance I get but I particularly love it in my Curry-Chicken Salad.  This is one of the most requested dishes I make!

Curry Chicken Salad
Ingredients
  • Curry Chicken Salad
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • ½ cup celery stalks
  • 1 avocado, sliced or chopped
  • Pomegranate arils
  • ½ cup chopped raw pecans or walnuts
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free mayonnaise (from pure-pressed oil)
  • 2 tsp gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp curry powder (add more to taste)
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • mixed salad greens
  • parsley sprigs
  • Creamy Vinaigrette (optional)
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp gluten-free Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1-2 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Curry Chicken Salad
  2. Using a steamer, fill with water to the top line and add bay leaves to the water. Place chicken breasts in steamer basket and steam 45-50 minutes. Do not overcook. Let cool and shred with fingers.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except salad greens, vinaigrette and parsley. Blend well with a fork. Taste, and adjust seasonings.
  4. Line 4 individual plates with salad greens. Mound greens with chicken salad and garnish with parsley, pomegranate arils, and avocado. Serve Creamy Vinaigrette on the side.
  5. Creamy Vinaigrette
  6. In a Mason jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine all ingredients and shake until well blended. Taste, and adjust seasonings as needed.

Shannon wants to know:  What’s your favorite gluten-free chicken salad recipe?

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