Salad “Kapriz” with Smoked Chicken

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Smoking is the process of flavoring, cooking, or preserving food by exposing it to the smoke from burning or smoldering plant materials, most often wood. Meats and fish are the most common smoked foods, though cheeses, vegetables, and ingredients used to make beverages such as beer, smoked beer, and lapsang souchong tea are also smoked.

In Europe, alder is the traditional smoking wood, but oak is more often used now, and beech to a lesser extent. In North America, hickory, mesquite, oak,pecan, alder, maple, and fruit-tree woods, such as apple, cherry, and plum, are commonly used for smoking. Other fuels besides wood can also be employed, sometimes with the addition of flavoring ingredients. Chinese tea-smoking uses a mixture of uncooked rice, sugar, and tea, heated at the base of a wok. Some North American ham and bacon makers smoke their products over burning corncobs. Peat is burned to dry and smoke the barley malt used to make whisky and some beers. In New Zealand, sawdust from the native manuka (tea tree) is commonly used for hot smoking fish. In Iceland, dried sheep dung is used to cold-smoke fish, lamb, mutton, and whale.

Source: Smoking (Cooking).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking_(cooking).  Retrieved July 30, 2013

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The photo above is Smoked Whole Chicken done by Kevin, from Extraordinary BBQ website.  Although I haven’t tried personally, but for those of you who want to cook your own smoked chicken, it sure sounds like a great recipe.  Doesn’t it look amazing?  Here is the link if you want to try it.

While I cheated and used store bought smoked chicken for this salad, nether the less this dish still tasted amazing.  I mean, I absolutely love smoked meats, especially chicken and also fish.  I think smoked chicken is actually the staple ingredient of this particular dish.  I’ve discovered this recipe about a year ago online and have written it down, but unfortunately never saved it’s original source.  I have cooked it on many occasions, including festive gatherings with friends and it has become a popular dish in our house, I hope you will like it too!

Ingredients:

Salad Ingredients:
1 Small Turnip
1 Piece of Smoked Chicken (thigh and breast)
2 Green Apples
1/5 of Purple Onion
3 Medium Carrots
2 Stalks of Celery
Fresh Herbs for Garnish
 
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Dressing Ingredients:
4 Table Spoons of Mayo
3 Table Spoons of Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic Crushed
2 Table Spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
 
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How to make Salad “Kapriz” with Smoked Chicken:

1.  Wash and peel your vegetables.

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2.  Shred your carrots on medium setting.

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3.  Cut up your celery.  I like to cut it up really small for this salad.

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4.  Dice 1/5 of your purple onion.

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5.  Peel and then shred on the largest setting 2 Granny Smith Apples.

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6.  Take out your smoked chicken and peel the skin off.

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7.  Separate the chicken meat from the bones and cut it all up.

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8.  Lastly peel your turnip and shred it on the lowest setting.

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9.  Now that all the ingredients are cut up and shredded you can make your dressing.

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9.  Combine 4 tablespoons of mayo, 4 table spoons of olive oil, 2 table spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and Crush 2 cloves of Garlic in a small bowl.

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10.  Wisk the mixture well.

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11.  Add the dressing to your salad and mix it all up.

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12.  Now your salad it ready…there are several ways to plate it…simply in a bowl…

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13.  Or using food rings to enhance the presentation.  These food rings come in different sizes and shapes.  Here is a link to them on amazon.

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14.  I used the largest ring for this dish.

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15.  You can also top with salad with some pomegranate seeds, fresh herbs and can even add some walnuts if you would like.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as we had.  Let me know what you think!

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Love,

Natalie

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