Strawberry Lavender Chicken Salad Sandwiches

June 25, 2011

I know the combination sounds a little odd, especially if you’re not used to thinking of lavender as a food, but the lavender is subtle and the combination of sweet and savory is terrific.  The lavender inspiration came from Chef Tom Minchella’s Perfectly Roast Chicken with Lavender, which you MUST try.  I roasted two, one for dinner the other night and an extra with the idea of chicken salad swirling in my head.  I knew I wanted something with fruit and the Strawberry Vinaigrette seemed like a natural choice.

You can use any cooked chicken you like.  Next time I’ll probably just poach a bunch of chicken breasts, because I’m lazy like that.


The Dressing:

  • Strawberries, 5 or 6 large
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar, 1/4 cup
  • Extra Light Olive Oil, 1/3 cup
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Cream, 1/4 cup

The Salad:

  • Cooked Chicken, 3 to 4 cups, diced
  • Strawberries, 1 1/2 cups, sliced
  • Green Onions, 4 or 5
  • Sliced Almonds, 2/3 cup
  • Lavender, 1 teaspoon

The Fixings:

  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • French Bread or Baguettes

Start with the dressing.  Muddle five or six strawberries with the sugar.

Whisk in the oil and vinegar, season to taste with salt and pepper and adjust the flavoring to your taste.  Whisk in the cream and set the dressing aside for now.

Slice the onions and berries.

Combine the chicken, onion, berries, lavender and almonds in a large bowl.

Pour in the dressing and stir it all together.  Start with a little and add just enough that it all holds together.  You might end up with a little leftover dressing.

Slice the avocado and set everything out to build sandwiches.  Stuff your bread with a handful of arugula, a big scoop of chicken salad and a couple of avocado slices.

A glass of chardonnay is perfect for this sandwich.  Enjoy!

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1 Bunny Eats Design June 26, 2011 at 2:35 am

Your ingredients in this dish are so pretty and feminine. I can imagine a love table arrangement to go with this. That’s if you’re into eating sandwiches beside table arrangements. What would you liken the taste of lavender to? What would be a good substitute if you didn’t have it on hand?


2 karenbove June 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

It struck me as a little feminine too, but my boys devoured it, including getting to the leftovers before I had a chance!

Lavender tastes like, well, lavender. Think of the smell and you can imagine the flavor. Although it doesn’t taste the same as lavender, tarragon would work well here.


3 pietra August 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I make a lavender vinaigrette and all the men went crazy over the lavende flavor, go figure. Anyway, I adore it!


4 Julia October 24, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Delicious. Tried it and had it for dinner 3 nights in a row… hugs from Argentina


5 karenbove October 24, 2013 at 9:40 pm

So glad you enjoyed it!


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