Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Red Gold's Pinterest Spring Shake-Up...Feautring Sassy Chicken Salad

I'm so excited today...after a chilly Winter, Spring is officially here! The bluebonnets are blooming here in Texas, temperatures are warming up, and baseball season started last week. Spring also means that it’s time to put on a pretty sundress, slip on some strappy sandals, and enjoy eating lighter fare. When Spring arrives, I love grilling, refreshing salads, fresh seasonal produce…and light, fizzy drinks. In Texas, we enjoy getting outdoors during Spring – before our long, hot Summer settles in. My friends at Red Gold recently challenged me to create a Pinterest Spring inspiration board. My Red Gold Spring Shake-UP Pinterest board features lots of great ideas for Spring food, drink, d├ęcor, and clothes – so be sure to check it out!

After you check out my Pinterest board, I hope you’ll join the fun too! From April 22 to May 20, Red Gold wants you to share your personal inspirations for a Spring Shake-Up at the Red Gold website. The idea is to have fun…and every pin equals an entry to win one of four weekly Red Gold picnic baskets that are valued at $350. To enter, simply go to the Red Gold webpage starting on April 22nd. From there, simply pin any idea from their specially designated landing page that helps inspire you this Springtime. Speaking of Spring…it’s the perfect time to make quick, light meals! Red Gold is sharing a fabulous recipe for sweetly spicy Sassy Chicken Salad. If you start with a pre-cooked deli chicken, this delicious chicken salad can be ready to eat in about 15 minutes! It’s tasty on its own stuffed in an avocado half...but it makes a sassy sandwich too.

Sassy Chicken Salad
from Red Gold Tomatoes

  • 1 10-ounce can RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES & GREEN CHILIES, drained
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups chunked cooked chicken breast
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • ⅓ cup chopped toasted pecans
Step 1: In a medium bowl, combine RED GOLD® DICED TOMATOES & GREEN CHILIES, mayonnaise and honey.  Stir in chicken, celery, grapes and pecans. 
Step 2: Cover and chill.  Maybe served in hollowed out melons, avocados or papayas. Also makes a great sandwich when served on a Croissant.
Cooking Hint: To toast pecans, bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350 oven for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.  Another option is to toast them in the microwave.  Place a single layer on a microwave safe plate and cook on high for 2 minutes.  Stir and cook for 1 more minute

That's simple to whip up on a busy day! I can't wait to give this sassy chicken salad recipe a try for our next casual al fresco dinner. I think it would be perfect served on a bed of lightly dressed baby field greens, along with sliced avocado and some crispy crackers.

Disclosure: Red Gold provided me with a tomato prize pack to create Sassy Chicken Salad in my kitchen. All opinions expressed are my own.

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