One of my favorite things to do is to look in my refrigerator with the goal of creating something delicious from whatever I find there. Using up leftovers makes me feel thrifty. Often, they even taste better because the flavors have had a little time to develop.
Here’s a perfect example of that. For dinner the night before this project, I had made chicken breasts dipped in egg and sprinkled with cheese. Two were leftover. I had also made corn on the cob and cut off the extra kernels from extra cobs. I found some extra dried cherries, left over from a diabetic cake I had made my mom and a number of staples, like onions. All of this turned into a flavorful chicken salad that could become sandwiches for lunch or a nice side for dinner. Another possibility was to make “deviled” eggs without yolks by filling the eggs with the salad. Believe me; it quickly disappeared! Simply warming up those chicken breasts and over cooking them would not have been the same.
Here is the salad recipe and some tips for using it as an egg filling for a healthy after school snack!
Chicken-Cherry Salad(Makes about 6 cups)
2 large chicken breasts, cooked
½ large yellow onion, diced tiny
½ cup cooked, fresh corn, sliced off the cob
1/3 cup pine nuts
1 cup dried cherries, chopped small
¼ cup cheddar cheese (This was already cooked onto my chicken as indicated above.)
Salt and pepper
Optional Garnishes: Sliced garden onion, red bell pepper, diced small
- Thinly slice the chicken, and then cut across the strips to make a tiny dice. (Chopping all ingredients very small protects your finishing options – especially if you think you want to fill eggs.)
- Mix all ingredients together except the garnishes (toppings). Taste it and if necessary add more spices.
- You can mix the salad ahead and chop the garnishes. Cover and refrigerate. If making deviled eggs, make them up at the last minute. If serving as a side, add garnishes at the last minute.
- Older eggs peel better than really fresh ones. Every carton has a sell by date on it. Just make sure you stay within that time frame.
- Think of a boiled egg simply as a container. They can be filled with your favorite tuna or any other salad for variety. Make a small slice on the bottom of each egg half so it will sit on a flat surface and won’t go sliding around on your plate.