We made a really delicious chicken salad tonight with all sorts of fresh fruit.  Perfect island food.  
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All the raw ingredients
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The finished product
I can't even recall where we found this recipe, but it's a good one.  We substituted chopped mango for the mandarin oranges.

Banana Chicken Salad
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 / 2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder  (I used a full teaspoon and could have used a little more, actually)
  • 1 can (20 ounces) chunk pineapple, drained  (we used fresh pineapple, but of course!)
  • 2 large firm bananas, sliced  (I used four small "baby bananas" that are so yummy here)
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mandarin oranges, drained  (substituted a cup of chopped very ripe mango - yum)
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • Salad greens  (Sol Farms organic greens were perfect here!)
  • 3 / 4 cup salted peanuts or cashew halves  (we used Sol Farms salted peanuts)
Place chicken and celery in a large bowl. Combine mayonnaise and curry powder; add to chicken mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes. Before serving, add the pineapple, bananas, oranges and coconut; toss gently. Serve on salad greens. Sprinkle with nuts. Serves 4-6.    

We served this on salad greens from this bounty we received from Sol Farms on the mainland this week.  They have wonderful produce, and we're so happy that we can have it delivered to San Pedro.  Our health is improving by the day, I'm quite sure!
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Sol Farms haul o'the week
1/20/2012 11:10:03 am

I LOVE chicken salad with curry. My grandmother used to make it with grapes...but this one sounds divine. Though I can't quite picture the bananas...I might try it without...

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BeBelize Emily
1/20/2012 11:23:30 am

I doubt I'd use bananas that are super ripe, but these nice little just ripe baby bananas were fine. Really didn't notice them. Of all the ingredients, I tasted pineapple the most as it was so flavorful and juicy. But sure, you could do it w/o bananas. I have made (not in Belize) and love curry chicken salad with grapes, almonds, and raisins in the past. Yum also!

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Dpeace
1/20/2012 11:18:42 am

this looks delish! How did you get sol Farms to bring you veggies? :o

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BeBelize Emily
1/20/2012 11:25:27 am

They don't bring them, they ship them from the mainland. I blogged about it here: http://bebelize.weebly.com/1/category/food/1.html. You can check out their Facebook page also -- search for Sol Farms, Ltd. They grow awesome stuff!

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1/20/2012 12:59:40 pm

I loved my haul from Sol Farms as well..I had a grilled chicken salad..it was yummy.

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BeBelize Emily
1/21/2012 01:33:07 am

Sounds great, Debra. Glad you got your first order from Sol Farms in so quickly!

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1/20/2012 06:09:18 pm

Thank you for the inspiration...100% going to make this soon. I am so interested in tasting the bananas, pineapple and oranges in the salad...how unique.

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BeBelize Emily
1/21/2012 01:34:11 am

Will be interested to hear how you (and the fam) like it!

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