Layered Dinner Salad

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A great do-ahead recipe is a cook’s best friend. SAM

PS Substitute ham or turkey for the chicken, if you like. Shrimp would also be good.

1 cup uncooked macaroni
4 carrots, pared and finely shredded
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
4 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1 (10-ounce) package tiny frozen green peas, thawed but uncooked
1 medium red onion, cut into very thin rings
1 cup diced celery
1/2 pound roast chicken, diced
1/2 cup shredded Swiss or Jarlsberg cheese
1 1/3 cups mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons snipped fresh dill
2 tablespoons capers
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 hard-cooked eggs, crumbled

Cook the macaroni until al dente, according to the instructions on the package. Drain. In a small bowl, combine the carrots, lemon juice, and honey. In a 3-quart bowl, layer the lettuce, macaroni, carrots, peas, onion, celery, turkey, and cheese. In another bowl combine the mayonnaise, mustard, dill, capers, pepper, and egg. Mound the mayonnaise mixture in the center of the salad, cover tightly, and chill for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, toss well.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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One Response to Layered Dinner Salad

  1. Almostgotit says:

    Hello Sam! This looks like another wonderful picnic/potluck recipe!

    I had a WONDERFUL time sharing good Indian food with you for lunch yesterday. And thanks so much for bringing me the beautiful apron from your travels … imagine thinking of that when you were supposed to be on your honeymoon!

    You look marvelous… I must say that marriage seems to suit you. Don’t forget that you told me you found a good recipe for saag that you wanted to try. That carrot pudding was dreamy too, wasn’t it? I have a saag recipe around somewhere too which I’ve not yet tried. Maybe we could make both and compare notes?

    love to you-
    Almostgotit

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