Chicken salad with black grapes, walnuts and celery

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 1 celeriac (500gm), diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 gm walnuts
  • 170 gm seedless black grapes, halved
  • 1 celery heart, thinly sliced, leaves reserved
  • 3 golden shallots, thinly sliced
  • 140 gm good-quality aïoli
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • 1 tsp Champagne or Dijon mustard
  • To serve: crusty baguette
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  • Roast chicken
  • 1 chicken (1.5kg)
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 garlic cloves, bruised
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
01   For roast chicken, preheat oven to 180C. Rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry with absorbent paper. Season to taste inside and out, place in a roasting pan, stuff cavity with thyme and garlic and drizzle skin with oil. Roast until chicken is golden and cooked through (1-1¼ hours).
02   Meanwhile, cook celeriac in a saucepan of salted boiling water until tender (3-5 minutes). Drain well, then transfer to a large bowl.
03   Heat oil in a small frying pan over medium heat, add walnuts and stir occasionally until golden (2-4 minutes). Drain, cool and add to celeriac with grapes, celery and shallot.
04   Coarsely shred chicken (discard skin, bones and sinew) and add to bowl. Add aïoli, lemon juice to taste and mustard, season to taste and toss to combine. Scatter with celery leaves and serve with crusty baguette.
This recipe is from the May 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

Recipe:

LISA FEATHERBY , ALICE STOREY

Photography:

SHARYN CAIRNS

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY , ALICE STOREY

Drinking Suggestion:

2009 ALL SAINTS ESTATE FAMILY CELLAR CHARDONNAY. , suggested by ALL SAINTS ESTATE

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