It’s hot! Who wants to cook? Here is a simple summer salad recipe. It won 1st Place in a Taste of Home Healthy Cooking recipe contest. I thought it was OK but I much perfected this Poppy Seed Chicken Salad recipe.
Cantaloupe Chicken Salad with Yogurt Chive Dressing by Elizabeth King
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. reduced fat mayo
1 T. minced chives
1 T. lime juice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 c. cubed cooked chicken breast
5 c. cubed cubed cantaloupe
1 medium cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 c. green grapes
In a large bowl, combine first five ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and toss gentle. Chill until serving.
Nutrition Facts: (makes five servings) 2 cups equals 290 calories, 11 g. fat (2 g. saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 380 mg. sodium, 24 g. carbs, 2 g. fiber, 24 g. protein.
- I omitted the cucumber. However, one of the chefs at my hotel swears cantaloupe and cucumber have similar taste.
- I also used fat free mayo.
As a kid, I didn’t really eat a lot of sweet treats. My sister was allergic to chocolate so that meant I never got to eat chocolate candy bars. Occasionally, we might go to the Dairy Keen (yes, you read that right) to get a soft serve ice cream cone. But once in a blue moon, we might go to Goodrich Dairy in Norfolk. Goodrich locations are homemade ice cream, treats, and malts/shakes stores throughout Nebraska. I loved a Goodrich Malt. In fact, I still enjoy stopping for this treat on a warm Spring/Summer day driving through Lincoln on my way back to Kansas City.
I will never forget a trip to Goodrich as a pre-teen. My mother, sister, sister’s friend Jeanna, and I stopped at the Goodrich store in Norfolk to get some ice cream. A child we didn’t know kept screaming “I want a Monkey Tail.” In case you aren’t familiar with this cold treat, it is a frozen banana covered in chocolate. I don’t entirely understand why this child wanted that over homemade ice cream but I will never forget those tears streaming down their face in disappoint as they left without their monkey tail. I’m sure their parents where just mortified.
As I ran across this recipe on Pinterest, it made with think of that Goodrich experience. This super easy refreshing treat is perfect for your next summer barbeque.
Fruit Skewers on Pinterest
4 bananas, sliced
2 T. orange juice
green and red seedless grapes
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Mix sliced bananas with orange juice. Thread skewers alternating grapes and bananas. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 1 minute, stir, and follow with 20 second intervals until completely melted. Scoop melted chocolate into a Ziploc bag and seal. Snip corner and drizzle over skewers. Place in freezer for 2 hours. Defrost for 5 minutes before serving.
- I used a frozen banana to make my skewers. If you do that, I would use half the amount of orange juice. They can be very slippery.
- I only had red grapes. It worked just fine.
- Blueberries would also be good.
- I halved the recipe and melted probably ¼ c. of chocolate chips. But I think almond bark would also work if you wanted a white chocolate taste.
- I placed a Ziploc bag in a glass and poured melted chocolate into baggie. It’s the easiest way to fill the bag with spilling or burning yourself.