Chicken, Avocado & Bacon Salad
An impressive and attractive salad platter: easy to assemble with other salads and take to the table for a light lunch or supper with friends. Full of flavour and texture with peppery rocket, a creamy dressing with subtle tarragon flavour, crunchy bacon and on-trend ingredients avocado and roasted pumpkin seeds.
|1||cooked chicken (about 600g)|
|6||rashers of smoked streaky bacon|
|2||Little Gem lettuces|
|25g (1oz)||pumpkin seeds, toasted (see tip)|
|For the dressing:|
|300ml (10fl oz)||natural yoghurt|
|juice of ½ lemon|
|1 tbsp||chopped tarragon leaves|
|2||small spring onions, finely sliced|
|1 tbsp||Dijon mustard|
|1 tsp||caster sugar|
|2 tsp||white wine vinegar|
|salt and freshly ground black pepper|
1. Remove the skin from the chicken, then carve the meat and slice it into pieces.
2. Place all of the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces and stir to coat in the mixture. Cover the bowl and leave to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
3. Shortly before you are ready to serve, cook the bacon under the grill or in a dry pan for 4–5 minutes until crisp and golden. Set aside to drain on a piece of kitchen paper. Once cold, snip into little pieces.
4. On a large platter, place 2–3 lettuce leaves next to each other and slightly overlapping to make a cup shape. Top with some rocket leaves. Repeat with the remaining lettuce and rocket, so that you have 8–10 lettuce cups arranged in a circle to look like a wreath.
5. Spoon the chicken salad on top. Peel and slice the avocado and place three slices on top of each of the chicken-filled lettuce cups. Sprinkle with the bacon pieces and toasted pumpkin seeds. Season with a little salt and pepper and serve.
Prepare Ahead: The chicken can be marinated up to 24 hours ahead. Assemble the dish, minus the avocado, up to 2 hours in advance, then peel and slice the avocado and add to the platter just before serving to prevent it discolouring.
Mary’s Classic Tip:
* To toast pumpkin or other seeds, place in a dry pan and toss over a medium heat for 1–2 minutes or until golden brown. Keep an eye on them as they burn easily.
CHILLING TIME: A minimum of 2 hours (to marinate) / COOK TIME: 4–5 minutes (for the bacon).