It seems Monday will be a series of short posts. I'm sure that's fine by most readers.
I couldn't decide what to make for lunch today. I was tired of my usual lunch-meat sandwich. Didn't want a salad. Didn't have time to hardboil eggs and do an egg sandwich. Didn't feel like tuna. Hrm. What to do?
Go to Epicurious.com. Browse " Quick and Easy" category. Select " Lunch." Browse.
Hmmm..." Chicken and Cherry Sandwich." Interesting. I have everything but bread and chicken, I could zip by the store and whip it up quickly no problem. LET'S DO IT!
The result: I give it my full endorsement. It was DELICIOUS. My only change was that I substituted dried oregano and thyme for the tarragon. Decided I'm not so hip on tarragon. I also don't enjoy celery as much as I do cucumbers, so I used those instead. They worked perfectly!
Cherries, a good source of cancer-fighting antioxidants, add a surprising fruity flavor to this chunky classic from Conlan. Bonus: Walnuts provide healthy fats.
Yield: Makes 4 servings
1/2 cup lowfat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 2 cups chopped roasted chicken breast 2 celery stalks, chopped 1/3 cup chopped dried cherries 1/3 cup chopped walnuts 1/4 cup chopped shallots 4 lettuce leaves 8 slices toasted whole-grain bread
Combine mayonnaise, tarragon, lemon juice and pepper in a bowl. Toss chicken, celery, cherries, walnuts and shallots in another bowl. Stir in mayonnaise dressing. Place 1 lettuce leaf each on 4 slices of bread. Divide chicken salad among sandwiches; top with remaining bread.
CHANGES I MADE: Used 1 1/2 tsp of a mix of oregano and thyme instead of tarragon; used cucumbers instead of celery; toasted sourdough bread and drizzled some high-quality olive oil on it. Yum.