By Alma Schneider

Have you been looking to lighten up your summer tailgates a little? Who are we kidding, of course you have? As much as we’d all like to eat nothing but grilled red meat topped with bacon and barbecue sauce, sometimes we need a little variation in addition to (or instead of) the main course. Tailgate Fan has a delicious alternative.

This recipe will keep your tastebuds on their feet. Sweet Dijon Chicken Salad is a new twist on a classic recipe. And it’s perfect for summer days in the park or parking lot. Dig in.

Ingredients (salad):

* 2 cups chopped cooked chicken

* 1/4 cup chopped dried cherries (or any dried fruit)

* 1/4 cup chopped salted cashews (or any nut or seed)

* 2 slices hearty bread (like Baltic rye)

* Dijon mustard

* Apricot preserves (or any sweet jam, jelly or preserves)

Ingredients (dressing):

* 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

* 1 tablespoon sour cream

* 1 1/2 teaspoon honey

* 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

* Salt and pepper to taste


1. Chop up chicken into 1/4 inch cubes.

2. In a separate bowl, combine dressing ingredients fully.

3. Mix dressing into chicken.

4. Add in chopped cherries and chopped cashews and stir.

5. Salt and pepper to taste and stir into salad.

6. Spread Dijon mustard on one piece of your toast.

7. Spread preserves on another piece of toast.

8. Make a sandwich with the chicken salad in the sandwich, or eat on a platter with salad greens.

Find more tasty recipes for your next tailgate.

Alma Schneider is a licensed Clinical Social Worker helping individuals overcome their psychological and practical obstacles to cooking and parenting on her blog and consulting business, Take Back the Kitchen. She is a native New Yorker transplanted to the suburbs with her husband, four children and loving yet stubborn Beagle Shiloh.


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