It is no secret that I am a giant lover of tomatoes and what better goes with tomatoes than basil, except of course when you add in the Southern staple chicken salad. I was recently eating lunch at Newk’s and they had samples of pesto chicken salad and I just kept thinking how delicious that would be with fresh tomatoes. Since my basil seems to be running the show in the garden right now, I had plenty of it to experiment with while still having enough for my caprese salad that I eat nearly every day this time of year.
The result of this little experiment was total success. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Happy Summer to all!
This is a perfect summer chicken salad to serve with ripe tomatoes from the garden.
- 1 medium rotisserie chicken (meat cut off and diced or shredded)
- 1/4 cup cup fresh basil, chopped
- 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1 teaspoon zested lemon peel
- 1 1/2 teaspoons deli mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped sweet yellow onion
- In a medium bowl, combine chopped chicken and basil.
- In another bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, salt, pepper and onion. Add to chicken and basil. Chill for 2-3 hours. Serve with sliced tomatoes or as a sandwich.
Adapted from Food.com
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