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A Poem for My Beloved Apricots
by The Bard of J-Town

I never thought I’d find a fruit,
That more than berries would me suit,
Until your sweetness hit the spot,
Of you I speak, my apricot!

Fresh or dried, jelly or jam,
Your versatility’s not a sham,
Dried with cheese is def my thing,
Unless it is American.

To share another recipe,
I must prepare me mentally,
Goodbye, sweet fruit, you’ll make your mark,
And have more flavors than a quark.

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Sweet Apricot Chicken Salad

  Prep Time: 10 minutes

  Keywords: entree chicken apricots

Ingredients (8-10 servings)

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, any kind
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam (adjust to taste)
  • 3 scallions, both white and green parts sliced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary or thyme, diced
  • 10 dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted almonds, sliced or slivered
  • 2 pounds cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard and apricot jam. Combine with rest of ingredients except for chicken. Toss dressing with chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Top with additional toasted almonds and/or chopped apricots and serve with a green salad and crusty bread.

Note: Adjust amount of apricot jam to taste.

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Flower pics of the day! Remember my Buddha’s hand plant from way back when? Check out this bloom-and-bud combo:

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Doesn’t the center look like a tiny Buddha’s hand? Maybe we’ll get a full-grown fruit this year – stay tuned!

Q: What is your favorite way to enjoy apricots? What’s your favorite fruit?

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10 Comments

  1. That seriously made my day. And reminded me that I don’t do enough with apricots.

  2. Love the flower-bud combo! Looks like you’ll have your own baby Buddha’s hand fruit soon! 🙂

    My favourite fruit? I like nearly all. As I am not big on the vegetables, I try to eat as much fruit as possible to make up for it a little bit. But let’s see:

    Watermelon in the summer. Sweet, ripe apples in the winter. Figs from the tree behind my home in Corfu any time I can get my hands on them. Strawberries and blueberries. BANANAS! Nothing can beat the smell of a frash peach. And my bf’s favourite, kiwi, has started to grow on me too.

    I like apricots fresh better than any other way, but I do enjoy dried fruit, I am currently in the middle of an affair with soft dates. I like the idea of chicken with dried fruit, I might very well try this dish, definitely not bland, this one 😉

    1. I know what to serve you if you visit! 😉

  3. You’re so talented!! I just loved the poem!!
    Ok, so apricots have never been my favorite fruit, but perhaps I haven’t given them much thought….or enough credit. I always think of apricots as a dried fruit, but forget they can be fresh too (and I can’t eat dried fruits….so…fresh is the only one I can really enjoy!). Anyway….great recipe, I may have to try it with a fresh apricot. Why not?!

    1. You’ll probably like today’s “recipe”, then 🙂

  4. Hahaha…I think I prefer fresh apricots. 🙂

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