Saturday, April 10, 2010

Caprese Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Caprese salad is a traditional Italian salad made of tomatoes, fresh basil, fresh mozzarella, and ground black pepper. For these sandwiches, I'm switching Parmesan for the mozzarella since it has a more distinct flavor.

I used shredded Parmesan instead of grated:

You could use grated Parmesan, but the texture of the chicken salad will be different. It might be drier.

Using left over meat from a rotisserie chicken will probably give you the best flavor, but I just used chicken that had been boiled. We're not fancy around here.

These got two thumbs up from the hubby and the kid, although the kid made me take out the tomatoes.


3 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise (light is fine)
heaping 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (or more to taste)
4-6 croissants (depending on size), split

In a food processor (or blender if you're desperate like me), combine mayo, basil, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, garlic, and black pepper. Pulse until thoroughly blended.

In a medium bowl, combine mayo mixture with chicken, tomatoes, and remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. Spread salad on croissants. Refrigerate leftovers.


Dave & Heather said...

what about using plain yogurt instead of mayo? mayo makes me gag.

The Tall Girl Cooks said...

Hmm, I honestly have no idea. Give it a whirl and let me know how it goes. You don't taste the mayo at all because of the basil, but if you are truly a mayo hater, yogurt could possibly work...