Sunday, September 4, 2011

Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C. The Romans called walnuts Juglans regia, “Jupiter’s royal acorn.” Early history indicates that English walnuts came from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty. Thus, the walnut is often known as the “Persian Walnut.” Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road route between Asia and the Middle East. Caravans carried walnuts to far off lands and eventually through sea trade, spreading the popularity of the walnut around the world. English merchant marines transported the product for trade to ports around the world and they became known as “English Walnuts.” England, in fact, never grew walnuts commercially. The outer shell provided a natural protective layer helping to maintain the quality of the nut. Today the nut trade continues to be a well-established, ordered, and structured business, and the California walnut is well known as the top quality walnut for the world.

The walnut was first cultivated in California by the Franciscan Fathers in the late 1700s. The earliest walnuts to enter California were known as “mission” walnuts. Unlike today’s walnuts, these first entries were small with hard shells. The trees flourished in the Mediterranean-like climate zones of California, and by the 1870s modern walnut production had begun with orchard plantings in southern California, near Santa Barbara. In the next 70 years the center of California’s walnut production shifted with successful plantings in the central and northern parts of the state. Many of today’s improved cultivars are descendants of early plantings

The first commercial plantings began in 1867 when Joseph Sexton, an orchardist and nurseryman in the Santa Barbara County town of Goleta, planted English walnuts. For several years, walnuts were predominantly planted in the southern areas of California, accounting for 65% of all bearing acreage. Some 70 years after Sexton’s first planting, the center of California walnut production moved northward to the Central Valley area in one of the most dramatic horticultural moves in history. Better growing areas, improved irrigation, and better pest control methods in the north resulted in greater yields, which gradually increased each year. Today, the Central Valley of California is the state’s prime walnut growing region. Its mild climate and deep fertile soils provide ideal growing conditions for the California walnut. California walnuts account for 99 percent of the commercial US supply and two-thirds of world trade.
By http://www.walnuts.org/walnuts/index.cfm/about-walnuts/walnut-history

Chicken Salad Sandwich
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 cup light mayo
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
12 grain bread, or your favorite bread
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
In a bowl, add chicken, mayo, walnuts, seasoned salt and pepper. Mix well. Spoon chicken salad on bread or a bed of lettuce. Enjoy!



21 comments:

  1. i love chicken salad sandwich,i never had with walnuts,i should try,,buzzed ya :)

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  2. You took that picture just so I could imagine picking it up and eating it. YUM! Love chicken salad! Thanks for sharing this great recipe with us.

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  3. After reading your post, I feel like eating a chicken sandwich too for my lunch. This looks very yummy.

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  4. I love a good chicken salad sandwich and yours looks great, Christine! I like that you didn't have to use a ton of mayo!

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  5. Delicious chicken sandwich and I try to eat 1/4 cup of nuts every day...and walnuts are the best for you!

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  6. Walnut and chicken salad sounds great! I love walnuts only these recent years and always eat them as snack. ;)

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  7. I just love a chicken salad sandwich (especially on a grainy bread!)...I need to treat myself more often. Your recipe looks classic and delicious~

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  8. Last year at our local farmers market, a farmer sold walnuts. I hope they return this year so I can try them in your recipe.

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  9. Those big chunks of chicken look pretty tasty! My doctor said eat more nuts like walnuts and almonds-so here is the perfect recipe to do just that- Great post.

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  10. i always put walnuts in my chicken salad with craisins, too. Your sandwich looks so yummy.

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  11. I've never put walnuts into my chicken salad, but it sounds like such a wonderful idea!

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  12. Delicious, like the walnut addition!

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  13. Interesting! We take it for granted to have walnuts around but it's fun to read about its history. Thank you for researching and sharing with us. Your chicken salad sandwich looks delicious!!

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  14. Hi Everyone,

    I hope y'all had a great Labor Day. Thank you so much for your kind comments. You and your comments mean a lot to me.

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  15. Now I have a craving for walnuts!

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  16. Looks delicious! I'm going to have to try this!

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  17. Yum! I never made chicken salad with walnuts... it sounds delicious! I will surely try it! :-)

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  18. That chicken salad sounds great. The nuts in it is what makes so good. My mother always put pecans in chicken and tuna salad.

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  19. An interesting twist on chicken salad! I will have to try walnuts the next time I make it.

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