Rein­vent ev­ery­day meals with this se­cret in­gre­di­ent

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(NC) When it comes to ev­ery­day meals, are you tired of the same old rou­tine? Are your go-to recipes in need of a re­fresh? to any dish you can el­e­vate the com­mon­place to cap­ti­vat­ing.

Yes, grapes from California are an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how to play this sim­ple ad­di­tion game. With their ten­der-crisp bite and del­i­cately sweet taste, grapes add the un­ex­pected. For an easy up­grade to sal­ads, just toss them in. Try adding grapes to bagged salad kits, like South­west or Cae­sar flavours, or mix them into coleslaw. Add them to your favourite take­out deli salad for a bet­ter bite too. You'll love how their flavour and juicy tex­ture bal­ances a tart vinai­grette or a creamy dress­ing, as well as the crunch of greens and cab­bage.

Grapes can also be added to a clas­sic tuna or chicken salad, pro­vid­ing the “fresh” fac­tor and en­hanc­ing the salad with a char­ac­ter boost. Serve this salad for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion or just en­joy it your­self any day of the week. Great taste has no lim­its.

Chicken Salad with Pecans and Grapes

Makes 6 serv­ings

• 2 cups chicken breast meat, cooked & chopped • 1 1/2 cups halved California grapes • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted & coarsely chopped • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced • 1/4 cup cel­ery, chopped • 2 ta­ble­spoons basil, fresh, chopped • 1/2 cup light may­on­naise • 1 ta­ble­spoon lemon juice, fresh • 1/4 tea­spoon salt • 1/4 tea­spoon pep­per

Com­bine all salad in­gre­di­ents in bowl and mix well. Serve on mixed greens or whole grain toasted roll.

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