Thai-Inspired Picnic Chicken Salad

Bluesfest has come to an end for another year. There was some OK food. One has to be open minded and/or make polite creative suggestions like the loaded hot dog on chips. Or you can bring you own food, like I did with the chicken salad (recipe posted below).

HiLoTrons
HiLoTrons
HiLoTrons
HiLoTrons
Local rapper filling in for De La Soul
Local rapper filling in for De La Soul
meh.. #gfprobs
meh.. #gfprobs
Best Dressed #RBCBLUESFESTFASHION
Best Dressed #RBCBLUESFESTFASHION
New Swears
New Swears
CHEF
CHEF
Ottawa in full punk effect.
Ottawa in full punk effect.
YAS
YAS
Ottawa in full punk effect.
Ottawa in full punk effect.

There was surprisingly some blues music - but - you are now going Bluesfest to see an eclectic selection of music. You go for one act and end up catching something unexpected.. pretty dope.

DJ Acro
DJ Acro
DJ Acro
DJ Acro
DJ Acro
DJ Acro
Canadian Stage rocks.
Canadian Stage rocks.
Toronto's Lowell
Toronto's Lowell
Toronto's Lowell
Toronto's Lowell
Tearing it up..
Tearing it up..
So many good jams.
So many good jams.
Ottawa DJ Adam Saikley
Ottawa DJ Adam Saikley
Ming Wu doin his THANG
Ming Wu doin his THANG
Run the Jewels from the awesome hill on the MONSTER STAGE. ARG.
Run the Jewels from the awesome hill on the MONSTER STAGE. ARG.
Feelings at the end of some nights.
Feelings at the end of some nights.
Chvrches
Chvrches
Rain won't stop me.. from looking like an alien..
Rain won't stop me.. from looking like an alien..
HOT DOG ON KETTLE CHIPS
HOT DOG ON KETTLE CHIPS

All in all it was a great festival. New gourmet 'from scratch' food vendors were my favourite new addition and there were a couple good wine selections.. I do feel as though I was creeping into diabetes after drinking all those ciders. My bad though, I haven't had much self control in the food department and am certainly feeling it! My allergist is going to be pissed.. BUT that's for another blog post. Here's my recipe for my Thai-Inspired Chicken Salad! Great for a picnic cooler!

 

Peanut chicken salad
serves 4, grain free, dairy free, gluten free

2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
2 cups carrots, shredded
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic scapes, chopped finely
1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp fish sauce

Optional nutrition boosters!
2 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1/4 cup rehydrated wakame, chopped

Mix all ingredients together - taste for seasoning to see if you need some fresh cracked black pepper and/or salt.

Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad
Canada's Purity Ring
Canada's Purity Ring
!!
!!
Clearly I'm obsessed with this look..
Clearly I'm obsessed with this look..
Shameless promo.
Shameless promo.

Until next year Bluesfest!!