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Summertime Main-Dish Salad Recipe

Summertime Main-Dish Salad Recipe

Summertime Main-Dish Salad, from field editor Ruby Williams of Bogalusa, Louisiana, is cook and satisfying. "This salad has all the spark of Cajun jambalaya," Ruby remarks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling YIELD:9 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked low-fat ham
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup cider or red wine vinegar
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup julienned green pepper
  • 1/2 cup julienned sweet red pepper
  • 2 green onions with tops, sliced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

Directions

  • 1. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the first seven ingredients in oil until vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat; stir in vinegar. Cool for 5 minutes. In a bowl, toss rice, chicken, celery, peppers and onions. stir in the ham mixture. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Garnish with tomatoes. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

Diabetic Exchanges: One 1-cup serving equals 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable; also, 251 calories, 576 mg sodium, 47 mg cholesterol, 31 gm carbohydrate, 18 gm protein, 5 gm fat.

Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.