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Chicken Salad with Pineapple (meat)

Eileen Goltz. | Meat

A light salad with just a hint of curry.

Salad Greens tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please check “Special Instructions” below for insect inspection.

Ingredients

1/4 cup slivered almonds - slightly toasted
3 cups chopped chicken
16 ounces pineapple tidbits (drained)
1 cup celery
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2/3 cup mayo
2 teaspoons curry, adjust to taste
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon salt
salad greens


Instructions

Poach or grill 3 chicken breasts. (Or use canned, diced chicken equal to 3 cups.) Mix chicken, pineapple tidbits, celery and shredded carrot. In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaises, curry powder, lemon juice and salt together in a small bowl. Pour over chicken mixture. Chill. When ready to serve, add slivered almonds. Place lettuce leaves on individual plates, pile chicken salad on top. 

Salad Greens and Insect Inpection: Salad Greens, as well as Chinese Lettuce (Napa), Red Leaf, Open Leaf ,Bib, Bok Choy, Boston, Butter Lettuce, Chicory, Iceberg, Romaine, and Watercress, all grow in a similar fashion The insects most commonly found in open leaf lettuce are small green aphids or thrips. The leaves of the vegetable often camouflage these insects. The open structure of these vegetables allows insects to penetrate the entire head. Often, insects may be found between the innermost layers of leaves of an infested head. We therefore recommend that each leaf be washed and checked individually with extreme caution. Occasionally, worms may be found in burrows within the body of the leaf. Look for a narrow (1/8_) translucent burrow speckled with black dots breaking up the deep green color of the leaf. These burrows will often trap the worm within the leaf. To rid the leaf of these worms, carefully slit the bumpy part within the burrow with a sharp knife and remove the worm. The use of a light box for checking lettuce is extremely helpful. Inspection: 1. Cut off the lettuce base and separate the leaves from one another. 2. Soak leaves in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.) 3. Agitate lettuce leaves in the soapy solution. 4. Spread each leaf, taking care to expose all its curls and crevices. Using a heavy stream of water or a power hose, remove all foreign matter and soap from both sides of each leaf. Alternatively, a vegetable brush may be used on both sides of the leaf. 5. Several leaves should be checked over a light box or under strong overhead lighting to verify that the washing procedure has been effective. Pay careful attention to the folds and crevices in the leaf where insects have been known to hold tight through several washings. 6. If it is practical, it is best to check each leaf. 7. If the manner of washing described above is impractical, each leaf must be carefully inspected. 8. In a commercial setting, a vegetable spinner is recommended. (The advantages of spin-drying are: (1) the Rabbi will not risk an electrical shock when placing the leaves on the light box; and (2) the leaves will stay fresh and moist for a longer period of time.) 9. Three handfuls of leaves from different areas of the bin should be checked over a light box or under direct light. Our experience has shown that if the leaves are washed properly, no insects will be found.