Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Daylily Tarragon Chicken Salad

As I was looking at my daughter's vacation pictures from Cambodia on Facebook, my friend Debbie (another stew) called with a great idea. She just had a luncheon of lobster salad nestled inside colorful day lilies. She scooped up the lobster with the daylily petals, eating lobster salad and petal together. This sounded like a pretty and pretty unusual presentation. I did some research here and found that daylilies are not only edible, but have a long history in Chinese medicine and cuisine. I have a daylily bed with a wide variation in color and blooming time. I love the pinks, corals and purple all combined together, but today I was inspired by the golden and deep orange of the Cambodian Buddhist Monk's robe. The common orange daylily looked exotic as it enshrined the Tarragon Chicken Salad I made to go in it. It made me think of my daughter as she lives half way around the world, teaching art and learning about other cultures. Wanderlust seems to run in the family! Use your imagination and be inspired by your own daylilies and life to make this platter of happiness.
Tarragon Chicken Salad

2 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1/4 inch cube
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup champagne grapes (you may use larger grapes, just cut them in half)

In a medium bowl, mix chicken, mayonnaise, and tarragon together. Salt and pepper to taste and fold in the grapes.

Serves 4.

To use a daylily to fill with chicken salad, remove the stamen and pistil. Lightly rinse the flower and shake any excess water out, before filling.

Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe (pdf)

Thanks Debbie and Sam for the inspiration!

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La Table De Nana said...

Perfect "Platter of Happiness"~
I love eating daylilies and I am sad mine are done~
Your presentation is beautiful.Is that your DD in the first photo? and perhaps even the second one?
When will she be home to you?

That will be your happiness:)

What a neat adventure she is on..Imagine what she is

2 Stews said...

Thank you Monique...yes this is my DD in both photos...I gently tried to persuade her to come back stateside at the end of her contract in 1 week. She signed up for another year :-((
Monday is her birthday and after seeing the cheesecake you made for your daughter's birthday, I may make a similar one "for her" (we'll be the ones eating it!) Stay tuned!

food with style said...

oh i love this, you daughter looks like she is having a wonderful time, such an adventurer!

i LOVE your photo's...

i never knew daylilies were edible... i made taragon salad for dinner this week, as i slapped in on the plate my husband said i can see no pics tonight... if only i had seen this!

happy bday to your daughter and gosh count me in on that cheesecake too~

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

You are amazing. The first picture blew me away salad in a daylily. Gotta wait till next year as mine are finished blooming.
Have a great week.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Ry @ Sotto Il Monte Vineyards said...

Who knew - daylilies edible? Not me. I like the petite champagne grapes in the chicken salad. Beautiful presentation. It is wonderful that your daughter is
living and working in another culture. What a great experience!

Jill @ Jillicious Discoveries said...

Beautiful plate presentation--and this recipe sounds so delicious! I think I will make this for dinner tonight. :)

Kathy Walker said...

This certainly looks good! Beautiful presentation.