March 30, 2009

Almost Spring Chicken Salad


The weather has been playing games for the last couple of weeks. Just when I think it's good to go out in a light jacket, the wind picks up or when I am all bundled up, it's nice and sunny in the afternoon. But when the weather forecast said snow, I balked. "NO MORE SNOW," I wanted to yell. But this first bloom I saw in the front yard cheered me up. I know spring can't be that far away.


This chicken salad is my defiance. I call it "Almost spring chicken salad" with colorful vegetables like tender lettuce, strawberries thrown in together. The dressing is lemon juice, sesame oil, cumin powder and it makes the salad fabulous.

2 chicken breasts ( this is from the chicken leftover from the previous recipe)
Marinated in:
1 1/2 tbspoon yogurt
salt to taste
1 tspoon fresh black pepper
1/4 tspoon turmeric powder
1/2 tspoon chilli powder
1/2 tspoon garam masala

For Salad: (for 2-3)
1/2 bag lettuce and purple cabbage mix
1/2 Onion - chopped
1 avocado - chopped
6-8 strawberries - hulled and chopped
1 tomato - chopped
1 medium cucumber - chopped
1 medium carrot shredded

For dressing:
1 lemon juice
1 tbspoon sesame oil
salt to taste
1/2 tspoon roasted cumin seed powder
pinch of fresh black pepper

Marinate the chicken and keep it aside for an hour. In the meantime, pre-heat the oven to 350 deg F and then grill the chicken for about 8-10 min on each side depending on the oven. Take it out and let it cool to room temperature.


Mix the rest of the ingredients together and put in the dressing an mix it well. Then add the chicken on top and serve.


And this is my entry to Click:Wood hosted by Bee and Jai at Jugalbandi. These are two of my favorite woodwork - salad bowl and my cutting board. Don't know what would I do without them!


  1. Love you entry :) and the first pic too!

  2. Lovely, lovely photos! You could send the second one for Click: Spring, but maybe that's overdoing it? :)

  3. I *love* this salad, that sure looks like spring in a plate.. we are still waiting for spring :( got a brief preview on Sunday, but today its back to the gloomy skies. Nice pictures

  4. mandira,
    first pic so refreshing , beautiful it does say in bold "spring is here" ..
    salad looks very appetizing ..
    even liked the murgh chicken masala ..
    hugs and smiles

  5. Beautiful pictures, Mandira. Spring has been hesitant in making it's appearance in our neck of the woods too :-(

  6. Send the first photo to Click Spring too, beautiful photo! :)

    We are warm and cozy here, it will be 70F+ this weekend too.Salad looks perfect to welcome almost Spring too!:D

  7. spring is already there, i can see it in your clicks, lots of colors in the chicken salad and the lovely flowers blooming out; cheers!

  8. I love the new flowers!

    That's the kind of salad i do for lunch:-) "Almost" Spring salad. LOL

    it has cooled down here too, & raining, but i don't think i can stand snow at this time.

  9. Lovely Click .

    Salad looks delicious

  10. beautiful bowl. beautiful click.

  11. You already have blooms in MI. It looks extremely pretty and springy. Love the salad & the bowl

  12. Great salad to welcome spring. love the avocados and strawberries in it.

  13. Awesome, delicious, beautiful salad!!! Would love to have this for lunch any day!

  14. the salad really looks like spring in a bowl!!! perfect way to celebrate spring :)

  15. Its beautiful!

    Send the first pic to Click- Spring unless you have another awesome pic planned for it :)

  16. thank you all for your suggestion about the first pic. Bee and Jai clearly mention that pictures should be food related, so I won't be able to send it to Click. :( But I am really happy that you all enjoyed it :)

    Sunita, Asha, Akal's Sappadu, Soma, Sandeepa Spring is not completely here, but this is the first bloom in my garden. I think in the next two weeks we will see much more blooms.

  17. Lovely snaps Mandira .. as usual. :-) I too love the idea of using leftover chicken(especially form a spicy curry) in a salad. :-)

  18. The first pic is awesome!
    Love your click-wood entry!

  19. The weather of Spring is just like the weather of Autumn, when there's a little misjudgment will, perhaps, ruin a day. One minute is clear with hot sun, the next minute there we are, wrapping up warm from wind or sudden cold snap! Will feel good with this salad, though hehehe

  20. lovly entry dear...nice click too..

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  23. Love the colorful salad, Mandira! Surely old man winter is beaten back now, even in MI :)

    For a long time I have thought about putting strawberries into something savory -- now I see your enthusiasm for it, I will give it a try.

  24. What enticing pics.


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