Brazilian chicken salad (salpicao) is quickly made with shredded chicken, apples, carrots, raisins, mayo, and lime juice and served chilled topped with shoestring potatoes.
What a crazy week! Both my daughters will be finishing their classes by Friday. My eldest will be graduating from kindergarden while the other will be finishing preschool. Salpicão (Brazilian Chicken Salad) looked like a great meal for such a busy and hot day.
On top of all the things that I normally have to do, I have also been working harder to prepare all the posts not only for this week but also for the next one. Yep! We will be spending more time in family… How I do love that!
The twenty-four hours in a day seem not to be enough to accomplish everything that I need to get done. Truly, I am exhausted and running a little behind. This day in particular, passed by so quickly that before I even realized it, it was already almost time to serve dinner.
“What can I make?”, I thought.
“Salpicão (Brazilian-style Chicken Salad), of course!” It is quick, nutritious, delicious, and refreshing at the same time. Ideal for the high temperatures here in Texas.
“OK, but why not use this traditional Brazilian salad to make sandwiches?”, I asked myself. That way I would not have to prepare any other dishes to serve along with it — as on the other hand we would traditionally be required to do in Brazil.
So I baked french bread rolls, let them cool down, and filled them with the salad. Oh, yum!
Dinner was ready to be served in just a snap. This was one of those ideas that made everyone happy — especially myself! It was indeed a perfect fix…
I hope that you enjoy this Brazilian chicken salad recipe as much as I do.
Brazilian Chicken Salad/Sandwich (Salpicão de Frango/Sanduíche)
- 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast fully cooked and shredded (1/2 kg)
- 1 large apple peeled, cored, and grated
- 1 small white onion grated
- 1 large carrot peeled, grated, and cooked al dente
- 1/3 cup black or green olives chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup corn cooked
- 1/2 small red bell pepper deseeded and small diced
- 2 - 3 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- 1 dash ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or plain yogurt (for a dairy-free version, use mayonnaise)
- 5.3 ounces shoestring potatoes (150g)
- 1 spring fresh parsley to decorate optional
- leaves Fresh lettuceto to decorate (optional)
In a large bowl, mix the 8 first ingredients, season with salt, pepper, and lime or lemon juice. Then, mix the mayonnaise or plain yogurt gently. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for about 2 hours or until chilled.
Right before serving, mix 1/4 of the shoestring potatoes into the chicken salad. Place the salad into a serving bowl and decorate with the lettuce leaves on the sides and with a sprig of fresh parsley on the top.
Note: This salad is often served as a side dish for Christmas, but we also enjoy it all year round in Brazil. It can also be used to make sandwiches. In this case, use french bread rolls (preferred in Brazil), any other hard-crusted bread, or croissants. It will serve many more than 4 to 6 people, depending on the size of bread as well as the amount of filling per sandwich.
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