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YIELDS:

4 – 6 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 10 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 0 mins

TOTAL TIME:

0 hours 40 mins
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ingredients

3 Cups Chicken breast, shredded or chopped
1/2 Cup Onion, chopped
1/2 Cup Celery, chopped
1/2 Cup Dried apricots, chopped
1/4 Slivered almonds
3 Tbsp. Fresh dill, chopped
2 Tbsp. Patricia and Paul’s Wild Anithos Dill Olive Oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. Patricia and Paul’s Blenheim Apricot White Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Stone ground mustard
1 Tsp. Kosher Salt
20 Grinds Fresh ground black pepper
Butter Lettuce leaves to serve

DIRECTIONS

1) In a large bowl, mix the chicken, onion, celery, apricots, almonds, and dill.

2) In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil, vinegar, mustard. salt and 20 grinds of pepper. Whisk until well incorporated.
3) Add the dressing the the bowl and toss to coat everything. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if necessary. Refrigerate at least 1/2 hour to overnight to let flavors meld together.

4) Separate the lettuce leaves and wash and dry them. Stack two leaves and top with heaping tablespoons of the salad. Serve on a platter. Enjoy.

NOTES:  This apricot chicken salad recipe gets a delicious kick from fresh dill and a nice crunch from the almonds.  The use of artisanal dill flavored olive oil and apricot flavored balsamic vinegar in the dressing, bring this whole dish together.

I was inspired by an apricot chicken casserole dish I make and thought what a great salad those ingredients would make.  This is easy to pull together with some basic ingredients plus the specialty olive oil and vinegar.

Chicken salad with apricots is a no brainer.  Chicken will take on any of the flavors it is partnered with and the sweetness of the apricots goes perfectly in the dish.  I keep this simple and buy shredded or chopped chicken right in the deli section of my grocery store.  You could always buy a rotisserie chicken and shred the meat too. 

The key to the salad is to let it sit in the fridge and let the flavors marry.  A half hour will do it but overnight is even better.  This would make a great sandwich but for this recipe, I served it in lettuce leaves.  The key to a sturdy lettuce wrap is to double up on the leaves so I always use two or three for each lettuce cup.  Baby romaine leaves would also work here.

I love the almond slivers in this salad but again, the recipe is very flexible and you could use your favorite nuts.  Cashews, pecans and macadamia nuts would all work.  You decide.

If you like this salad, and I think you will, be sure to check out some of my other chicken salads:

Chicken, Raspberry & Orange Salad

Chicken Salad with Almonds and Grapes

Poppyseed Pasta Salad with Chicken, Almonds & Cherries

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