I committed to write a post on re-vamping your left overs into delicious dishes for the Earth Day. I have two demanding kids, a intermittently travelling and workaholic husband and an ever demanding job and not to forget a long commute. Tired already hearing this, no? The point I want to make is – who would appreciate left overs more than me. I see a fully stacked refrigerator and that makes me happy. So when I saw this opportunity to create something delicious out of left overs, I went back to the refrigerator and found a container of grilled tandoori chicken that we had for dinner over the weekend. I thought of tossing the tandoori chicken with kidney beans and make a delicious Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad. What a wholesome dish!
During summer anything grilled is a staple dinner item in my family. My husband takes over the grill while nursing a glass of scotch (or, two) while we sit on our swing in the backyard and enjoy what he serves us along with the perfect California weather. Juicy and spicy chicken breasts straight out of the grill is something to die for. In fact the chicken tastes better next day. Here is the recipe to the Tandoori Chicken if you are looking for one.
I had fresh English cucumbers in the refrigerator and cans red kidney beans from Trader Joe’s. So I basically sliced and diced everything and tossed them into this spicy, tangy and protein rich Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad. You can dress it up with some Feta cheese to give it a Greek touch or you can also make a dressing out of red wine vinegar, lime and olive oil to kick it up a notch like Emeril says.
The bottom line is, It’s really easy to prepare so you can either pack it for work lunch or use eat it a quick and healthy dinner. And not to forget, its a high protein salad.
2 cans of kidney beans
2 cucumbers, finely diced
2 cups of Tandoori Chicken diced
1/2 cup chopped of cilantro or parsley
Juice of half a lime
2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tsp of ground cumin
A pinch of salt and pepper to taste
2 to 3 green chilies chopped
Rinse the kidney beans well.
In a big bowl and throw in everything and give it a good mix.
And there you have it, your salad is ready!