Lemongrass Basil Chicken Salad for a HOLIDAY MEAL!?! Am I joking you? Nope. I am not joking you. Fantastic as a main course salad, as a filling for lettuce wraps, and as a side dish, this recipe is delish. Choose rotisserie chicken, slow cooked whole chicken, or leftover turkey meat for this recipe. Most homes have some kind of poultry on hand this time of year.
Why not put that poultry to work in a crunchy, delicious salad that has more vegetable content than meat and gives your body some seriously delicious taste along with all the raw veg nutritional and roughage benefits?
Should I Use Chicken or Turkey for a Salad?
Depends on what you have on hand. Right now it is all about convenience and money savings. Learn about my favorites below which can all be refrigerated or frozen should you have extra meat.
- Rotisserie chicken – Pull the meat from the rotisserie chicken, shred the chicken into bite sized pieces.
2. Slow cooked whole chicken – Cook one or two whole chickens in a crockpot on low 4 hours with no added liquid. The chicken fat melts down and creates a rich broth. Remove the chicken, let cool, then shred the chicken into bite sized pieces.
3. Leftover turkey – Turkey is fab in this yummy Lemongrass Basil Chicken Salad. Transform it into Lemongrass Basil Turkey Salad simply by substituting turkey. Use every piece of poultry leftover after serving a turkey. Don’t throw the bones out – peel the remaining meat off the carcass, roast the bones a second time, and then simmer with vegetables for turkey stock.
Paleo, Keto, and Mediterranean Diet Lemongrass Basil Chicken Salad Recipe Tips
Kevin’s Natural Foods is having a contest for their flavor-filled sauces. The Lemongrass Basil Sauce is terrific as a marinade or dressing, making it a perfect fit for a salad made from shredded poultry.
Stir up your own mayonnaise from avocado oil, or purchase the mayo, making sure the ingredients are compliant with your special food requirements. Avocado oil contains monounsaturated fats which is better than saturated fats. Note that mayo in general is a fatty ingredient and some people restrict it entirely.
Herbs are the secret ingredient in this Lemongrass Basil Chicken Salad recipe because herbs kick the flavor up for an over-the-top freshness. While cilantro is a part of this recipe, if you have the anti-cilantro gene, just substitute flat Italian parsley. Fresh basil and mint from my garden is super fresh(above). Chop the herbs to release their delicious flavors.
Lemongrass Basil Chicken Salad – Small Thanksgiving or Christmas Main Course RecipeCourse: MainCuisine: American
3 cups pre-cooked chicken or turkey
1 1/2 cups raw red or orange peppers, chopped
1 1/2 cups raw celery, chopped
1 1/2 cups raw jicama, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups raw tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (substitute Italian parsley if you prefer)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro stems, chopped (substitute Italian parsley if you prefer)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
- Whisk together the Lemongrass Basil Chicken Sauce, mayo, lime juice, salt, pepper, and cilantro into a dressing.
- Put the remaining ingredients in a bowl, then pour the dressing over the poultry and vegetables.
- Toss the salad until all the ingredients are well-coated with the dressing.
- Serve on a plate for a main course or side dish, wonderful in a lettuce wrap.
Feature Ingredient Used in This Lemongrass Basil Chicken Salad Recipe
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Jicama is a native root vegetable that is native to Mexico. It is generally brown and rough on the exterior of the vegetable, with an interior that is very similar to a raw potato. It tastes crisp and lightly sweet, somewhat like the consistency of a radish. It is particularly delicious in salads raw.