Chicken Salad with Haricots Verts

This recipe is from Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food by Jody Williams, chef and owner of the New York/Paris “gastrotheque” Buvette, and co-written by Julia Turshen with a foreward by Mario Batali.  It’s a gorgeous book and the recipes are for pros and amateurs alike.  I really like this recipe that uses left over roasted chicken or one of those roasted whole chickens you can pick up at the store.  It’s a perfect (and easy) summer salad.

(Serves 4)


This photo (by Peden & Munk) of Buvette's Chicken Salad is from Bon Appetit. Potatoes are not peeled as they are in the recipe here.

This photo (by Peden & Munk) of Jody Williams’ Chicken Salad is from Bon Appetit. Potatoes are not peeled as they are in the recipe here.

  • 8 small waxy potatoes
  • Coarse salt
  • ¾ pound haricots verts (about 2 large handfuls), stem ends trimmed
  • 4 large handfuls lovely salad greens (a mix of butter lettuce, endive, and watercress is nice) Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup Vinaigrette
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  •  1 small Roast Chicken still warm
  •  2 radishes, thinly sliced


Place the potatoes in a saucepan, cover with cold water, and add a spoonful of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Using a slotted spoon, remove the potatoes from the cooking water and set them aside to cool; keep the cooking water at a boil. When cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes, break them in half, and set them aside.

Meanwhile, add the haricots verts to the cooking water and cook until they are just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the haricots verts and transfer to a plate or bowl to cool.

Arrange the greens on a large platter and sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Whisk together the vinaigrette and the mustards and drizzle the greens with one third of the dressing. Toss the potatoes and the green beans with another third of the dressing and lay them on top of the dressed greens. Tear all of the meat and skin from the chicken in large-ish pieces and scatter over the vegetables. Drizzle the whole thing with the remaining dressing, scatter the radishes over the top, and serve immediately.


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