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Reunited, and it feels so good! Yes, I’m back in the Improv Challenge! And why the reference to cheesy music? Well, this month’s theme is “Peaches & Herb” and I’ve got a sweet and savory Peachy Pecan Chicken Salad for you.
There’s this radio station in New Jersey that is talk radio during the week, but on the weekends they play “oldies” (except now 80’s music is considered oldies, which is starting to make me feel, well, umm, old), with a fairly heavy emphasis on “cheesy oldies”. Is that even a thing? Well, it should be. You know, “The Pina Colada Song”, “If You Get Caught Between the Moon and New York City”, anything by Neil Diamond (now don’t get on my case. I loves me some “Sweet Caroline” and “Cracklin’ Rosie”, but you gotta admit – CHEESE).
Even back in our pre-kid days, The Hubby and I typically didn’t sleep in very late. But that doesn’t mean we actually got up and out of bed. Occasionally we’d put on the TV, but usually The Hubby would flip on his clock radio, which was set to NJ 101.5 because that is the only station that came in very clear, and we would chit chat. And at some point during that chat, undoubtedly we would hear coming from the radio,
There’s a port on a western bay
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their homes
Ah, yes, Brandy, you’re a fine girl. And if we didn’t hear it while laying in bed, we would hear it in the car on the way to church, or on our way out to get pancakes, or while we were doing chores in the kitchen. I still say that it isn’t officially a weekend in New Jersey until Big Joe Henry plays “Brandy” on NJ 101.5. So as awful of a song as it is, it will always remind me of lazy Saturdays or Sundays, so I love it. But seriously – CHEESE!!!!
Speaking of cheese…. Umm… wait, I actually made a recipe that does NOT have cheese. Terrible segueway. Can’t believe it. That would have worked almost any other day. I mean salad with cheese, salad with cheese, salad with cheese, grilled cheese, grilled cheese, grilled cheese, cheesecake, cheesecake, cheesecake, burger with cheese, steak with cheese, soup with cheese, mac and cheese. Oh crap!
So speaking of anything other than cheese, Peachy Pecan Chicken Salad. Ever since I saw this chicken salad from Isabel the Family Foodie, and made this chicken salad, I have been obsessed with Greek yogurt-based chicken salads. I’ve made a few variations that someday I’ll have to share with you. But this one just fit in perfectly with the Peaches & Herb theme – a hint sweetness from the peach yogurt, balanced by a bit of freshness from the parsley and some savory scallion, a nice pop of color with crisp red pepper, and crunchy pecans. This would make a delicious sandwich, but I enjoyed it just as you see it – stuffed in the remaining half of the red pepper. The rest I’ll probably throw on top of a salad, not being a big bread girl. And it’s not overly peachy, so I would think you could use other flavors of yogurt as well, or plain and then maybe add a touch of honey.
As I mentioned, this recipe is part of the Improv Challenge, which is a blog hop hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. A theme is given, which is two assigned ingredients. Then it is up to the participating bloggers to let the creative juices flow, and see what they can come up with. Then on the third Thursday of the month, we will all publish our new recipes based on the theme. This month’s theme – peaches & herb. If you are have a blog and would like to join us, click on the picture to the below to learn more. If you are new to my blog, finding me because you have been following the Improv Challenge, then WELCOME!
Check out the links at the bottom of this post to more great Peaches & Herb Recipes! I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with!
What is your favorite guilty pleasure “cheesy” song?
Peachy Pecan Chicken Salad
- One 6 oz. container Peach Greek yogurt I used Chobani 0%, could probably substitute apple, pear, or honey flavors with delicious results
- 2 T Dijon mustard
- half of a red pepper diced
- 1/4 c chopped pecans
- 1 T minced parsley
- 1 T chopped scallions or chives or more, to your preference
- 2 T apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- About 2 c shredded cooked chicken
- Combine all of the ingredients except the chicken in a bowl, and mix until evenly distributed.
- Fold in the chicken.
- Serve on a sandwich, salad, crackers, pita, etc.
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This sounds really good. I might try it in a cream puff the next time I cater a luncheon.
Ooh, that would be lovely!
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what a creative salad! LOVE it
Oh oh ohhhhhhhhh! I love it!! The peach yogurt…with tangy mustard…and scallions…AND PECANS!!!! YUM!! I have been playing around with peaches and a garlic and herb goat cheese spread that I picked up from my farmers’ market last weekend…love the sweet and savory combo!
I ADORE goat cheese, so that sound amazing! And yes, I totally stole your pepper cup idea.
Looks good to me!
Ha!! LOVE the segueway 😉 cause I totally get it. Gotta love Big Joe Henry and 101.5 Speaking of segueways, Love this salad! What a unique use of this month’s ingredients. I love the whole sweet and savory thing you have going on here. Summer perfection!
Big Joe is just sooo NJ! Gotta love sweet and savory. My fave!
Chicken salad is such a classic lunch- love the incorporation of peaches.
I love mixing up a classic!
Looks like an amazing salad that’s perfect for the hot summer!
Thanks! Anytime you don’t have to heat up the kitchen is a good thing when it is as hot as it is here.
I found this month’s Improv to be a true challenge. I’d NEVER thought to combine peaches with any sort of herb. I love the peach and chicken salad with parsley that you’ve come up with! Very creative!
I actually think peaches lend themselves well to savory dishes, though it did take a little brainstorming to come up with something.
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First off, it is very depressing that 80s songs are oldies (I cannot believe some of my favs are 30 YEARS OLD) but back to your recipe – I’m a big fan of pecans with chicken salad and the peach addition sounds yummy, too.
I know, I totally can’t handle that my childhood faves are OLD! I love peaches with pecans, so it just made sense to me to combine it with the savory.
It looks so summery!
Peaches just scream summer to me!
Looks as if we both though peaches and nuts would go well together and are both fans of red peppers. Your salad looks delicious. I never even thought about peach yogurt. Will have to give you salad a try. Glad that you joined us. Have a great week.
Great minds think alike 🙂
This makes me hungry. It has everything right about it.
I’m getting hungry for the leftovers that I am about to have for dinner 🙂
This looks lovely, what a creative idea! 🙂
Thank you! The Improv Challenge always inspires my creativity.
Oh man, do I love me the Oldies! That is my station of choice in the kitchen, for sure. I love how you put peaches in chicken salad; I’m definitely going to have to try that!
Nothing like old music! I find peaches pair so well with savory dishes.
Oh Brianne…..you are too funny but so right about the cheesy music we love and hate! Your chicken salad looks incredible! So stunning that you served it in the red pepper and I’m so going to steal that idea from you! Chicken and peaches and pecans sound so good together! : )
I actually poached the pepper idea from someone else, so I can’t take credit 🙂
Sounds like a fantastic salad…even if it doesn’t contain cheese :-). I am loving the savory peach combinations!
Thanks Kristen! So happy I pulled something together last minute to join in again this month. Peaches do lend themselves well to a savory preparation.