Coming into the summer months meals need to be simple, yet tasty. This smoked chicken salad is such a delightful dinner as a main course for 4-6 people but is also a great dish to bring dinner parties and used as a shared plate.

My family thoroughly enjoys this dish and it has now become one of our top 5 go to meals. It incorporates the fresh herbs available to us in Summer and the delightful smoked flavours of the chicken. When chicken is not available, I replace it with smoked fish (even smoked salmon/gravlax is a perfect protein) I know that you will enjoy the simplicity of putting the salad together and may even place your very own twist on it. Bon Appetite

Ingredients for smoked chicken salad

  • 1 Smoked chicken – skin off, stripped and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head broccoli florets steamed
  • 1 tomato sliced into half moons
  • 1 Green capsicum sliced
  • 1 Red Onion sliced into half rings, separated
  • 4 cups cooked pasta shells
  • 15 stuffed olives, sliced
  • 1 small pot of Basil or Coriander pesto
  • 1/2 cup Sunflower seeds

Place everything into a large salad bowl. Toss through the Pesto and Sunflower seeds to finish.

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Cassandra and her partner Rick live in the sunny Hawkes Bay, with their two beautiful girls. She has a passion for good food and has worked with many top chefs in a range of food roles. Cassandra loves creating great food for her family and friends and also loves to share this love with others.

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