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Chicken Salad with Bell Peppers

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Dear friends,

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and wishes you left on my previous post!

Here I am again. Up and running, not on my new blog as I promised and thought I would be, but on this old blog of mine I love so much I can’t say good bye to. With that said, today I am making an embarassing comeback to the blogging world:)

My new blog is still in the process of being designed. I didn’t know it would take this long so I finally decided to give it the time and energy needed to make it nice and in the meantime resume blogging on my current site. Once the other blog is ready, switching will be easy. Buried in a bunch of other stuff other than working on my new blog, I missed so many of your posts, but hey, I am back and will be checking you out very soon!

In the meantime, to make my comeback a little less embarrassing, I am going to share with you a recipe for a salad I whipped up yesterday. The family loved it – everybody found it fresh, colorful, slightly crunchy and very delicious! I usually use light mayonnaise for the dressing, but if you are not counting calories, regular mayonnaise would work just as fine. If you are using mayonnaise only, be extra careful not to oversalt your salad since mayo is pretty salty by itself. Also, decrease or increase the amount of dressing to your taste. I personally like this salad slightly dry and not too moist. I find that too much mayonnaise takes away from the freshness and the color of the peppers. Enjoy!

CHICKEN SALAD WITH BELL PEPPERS

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 pound (450 g) skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon salt, for boiling
1 medium fresh cucumber, peeled (you can substitute with pickled cucumber)
2 medium carrots, boiled and peeled
1 medium green bell pepper, cored and seeded
1 medium red bell pepper, cored and seeded
1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper, cored and seeded
1/3 cup or more, to taste, fresh chopped dill
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste

For the dressing:
4 tablespoons lite mayonnaise (You can also mix 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons of sour cream)

Method:

1. Place the chicken in a pot with about four cups of water. Add salt. Bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Drain and set aside. When cool enough to handle, cut the chicken into julienne (long thin) strips using knife or tear it using your hands.

2. Cut the cucumber, carrots and bell peppers, into julienne (long thin) strips.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken, vegetables, and fresh dill. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix. Serve slightly chilled.

Nush Olsun! Enjoy!

50 Comments
  1. You know Fari, I was just passing through, thinking and hoping you would either have the new blog up and running … or.
    And I’m so darn glad you OR-ed.

    I’ve missed you. Take your time with your new project, as long as you keep posting to this one [wink].

  2. Thanks for your sweet comment! Glad your bake blogging…this salad looks great!

  3. Great to have you back! That is a lovely salad. I’ll take two scoops please ;)

  4. Farida, you are back!!! We all missed you! I’m sorry you haven’t been able to get your new blog up yet. I know it will be something special just like you.

    I love your salad and the photo looks delicious!

  5. So good to see you back! The salad looks lovely, Farida!

  6. Take your time with the new blog. In the meantime, we wanna see you here! This sounds like a nice bell pepper salad! But Farida, you know what, I’m not very proficient in herbs. Can you tell me what is the herb you used to garnish this salad? hehe

  7. I love salads which have dill in them. I just enjoy the aroma of dill while I eat :) I have the same question as Mrs.Ergul asked..could you tell me which herb is used to garnish the salad..it looks so nice

  8. Nice to see you back!

  9. MARYSOL: He he, yes I -OR-ED:) Sometimes I have to take it easy and slow down a little. Cheers!

    MY SWEET AND SAUCY: Thank you, Melody! Glad you like it!

    ERIN: Wish you lived closer, a plate could have been yours:)

    CHUCK: You are so nice! Glad you like the salad. It could go great with yummy breads you have on your blogs:)

    ELLE: Thank you! Glad you like it!

    Mrs. ERGUL and LAKSHMI:

    The herb on top, hmm, that’s a good question:)) It is OREGANO from our backyard. I didn’t have any dill left to garnish the salad and my limited food styling skills desperately called for something on top to make the salad look attractive and I chose Oregano:) Dill would work better since it is also one of the ingredients. Hope this helps.

  10. Hi dear,

    Wow salad looks yum and my my u have oregano in the backyard. I hope u r enjoying u r comeback.

  11. Glad you’re back! Lovely salad – looks fresh, summery & tasty! I always love to add a splash of lemon juice in my pasta salad.

  12. Great to read you again…

    That salad looks wonderful and tasty!

    Cheers and all the best,

    Rosa

  13. welcome back!
    and i’ll take three servings of that salad to-go, please. :)

  14. You’re funny! I didn’t know also it would take so much work to change for a new site. Hope all gos well and that you make an apearence soon in th enew one. I’m curious to see it! Lovely salad by the way, fresh things it’s all that we feel like with the heat!

  15. Hi Farida
    Good to have you back, hope everything is going well with the new site and by the way chicken salad looks great:-)

    X Matin

  16. Welcome back Farida. Feel at home; why apologise? This is your place too my dear. Good to see you back, & with this lovely salad. YUM! I always like different chicken options & this looks darned good to me!!

  17. There is something waiting for u in my blog. Check out.

  18. look so refreshing and summery.

  19. So good to see you back blogging Farida!!! That chicken salad looks amazing.

  20. No need to be embarrassed. It’s good to have you back with this lovely recipe.

  21. welcome back, your salad looks terrific! don’t worry, that new blog will be gorgeous sooner than you know it, but in the meantime we still luv ya in your good old self!

  22. Hi Dear, There is a sweet Suprise waiting for u in my blog. To know what the suprise is check out this link
    http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com/2008/07/fruit-chaat.html

  23. That is a great comeback dish, Farida!

    Trust me, I know how LONG it takes to get new websites up and running! We have been working on Foodieblogroll.com for months now! But like you, feel it is important to do the best, if not the quickest job!

    Glad to see you back! :)

  24. Glad you’re back! Looking forward to seeing your new site when it’s ready. That salad looks fabulous!
    Shari@Whisk: a food blog

  25. Happy to see you back. You needn’t be embarassed, you know old or new, home is home.:)

  26. So good to have you back, Farida!
    Take your time with the new blog – it your blog – you can come and go as you wish ;) Looking forward to your posts!!!

  27. Great to see you back Farida..
    Lovely salad..
    New blog is a lot of work.. all the best with it..

  28. Good to see you back! This salad sounds really good!

  29. great to have you back. I hear you on the hassle of building a new blog. It’s a time consuming bittersweet experience. Take your time and meanwhile, cook more delicious food! The chicken salad looks perfect for the picnic table.

  30. Farida, this looks gorgeous!

  31. so glad you came back!
    I came back few days ago and I’m trying to resume all the strength to restart with blogging, but it’s a slow process!
    I brought some sicilian recipes but unfortunately I haven’t enough time to traslate it, just iron mountains of laundry dresses :)
    see you (on the next challenge?) :)

  32. I have a whole chicken in the oven so with remnants I’ll produce my revisited chicken salad version, using yougurth for lite mayo instead of sour cream.

  33. Lovely salad and great to see you posting!

  34. THANK YOU FOR ALL TAKING THE TIME TO LEAVE YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS!

  35. Ha ha, I meant to say THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LEAVE YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS!

  36. So nice to have you back, dear Farida :-)

  37. Farida Nice comeback!!! look so yummy, welcome again! we miss you a lot! Gloria

  38. I really like a good chicken salad and yours looks sooo good!

  39. Can’t wait to see your new site! Welcome back!!

  40. Farida – Welcome back and what a lovely chicken salad you are sharing with us lucky folks :D

    Rosie x

  41. your blog is too beautiful to be embarrassed about.

  42. AsSalaam Alaykum Farida,
    thanks for visiting my blog. you have a beautiful collection of recipes and innovative cooking ideas .We’ll keep in touch.

  43. That salad does look nice and fresh and good. I like the use of all of the bell peppers.

  44. Great photo, Farida, of a wonderfully colorful summer salad.

    Good luck with all the tech headaches of new your site. It’s like new home construction, always takes longer than expected.

  45. OOO. great looking salad and welcome back! hope the other blog is going well..no hurry. as long as you’re blogging farida, i’m so happy! :D xxx

  46. Farida, welcome back! This salad looks quite wonderful! I am sure that my wife will like this and I will try this for lunch this week. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Hi! I’m an exgance from Azerbaijaannn student in Wa state city Olympia!
    my name is Viya (ulviyye)
    i want to saaaayyyyy bbiiigg thank you for who did!!!
    i already took some resepts of eggplants and this salat.!!!

    i miss my country but i found some peace here… thank you! your’re awesome!!!

  48. Great and healthy salad! Thank you, Farida! I made some improvisations today, used tuna instead of chicken and for dressing had only half spoon mayo and 2 spoons natural yogurt, was delicious

  49. Hi,

    Could you please post the recipe for Stolichniy (or Olivier) salad? It is so big in Azerbaijan.

    Thanks!

  50. Feride! Holiday is here and I am here :-) Wht would I do w/o ur recipes :-) Take care!

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