Mineral-rich Chicken Salad

A nice recipe below. They substituted ham, but I like the idea of shredded chicken. One could replace the pistachios with almonds ( in their kernel) or walnuts, or even brazil nuts, and increase the magnesium content of this dish.

Pistachio and ham salad

Pistachio and ham salad.

This is based on a traditional Armenian recipe of pistachios, soured cream and shredded chicken breasts. You can also use chopped ham with salted pistachios for different results.

Serves 6

175g halloumi, washed and cut into 1cm cubes
4 small eating apples, cored and cut into 1cm cubes
500g cooked ham, cut into 1cm pieces (or cooked chicken breast, shredded)
250g celery, cut into ½ cm slices
2 spring onions, including green heads, cut into ½ cm pieces
175g shelled pistachios or other nuts
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp turmeric

For the dressing
300ml yoghurt
300ml mayonnaise
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp parsley, chopped
4 tbsp chives, chopped
4 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped

1 In a large bowl, toss together the halloumi, apples, ham, celery, spring onions and pistachios.

2 To make the dressing, whisk the yoghurt and mayonnaise until well blended. Add the mustard, lemon juice and herbs, then mix well.

3 Pour the yoghurt mayonnaise over the salad, together with the lemon juice, salt and cayenne pepper. Mix well then place in the refrigerator and allow to chill for around an hour.

4 Garnish with the turmeric  and serve.


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