Champagne Tarragon Salad with Chicken and Toasted Almonds

Last night I dreamed of tarragon again.  Really.  But I also just finished reading Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, so in my mind tarragon and Manderley are intertwined and together they inspired my new favorite salad. I only wish I were eating it beneath the chestnut tree by the sea. Tarragon is the star of this recipe…

Salad: The Holy Grail of the Human Diet

Salad, at its most fundamental level, is that unassuming concoction of produce, tossed together with a dressing, whose prominence is so frequently overshadowed by its richer, fattier or more sugary meal time companions.  Even the venerable William Shakespeare’s Cleopatra lamented, “My salad days, when I was green in judgment,” and thereby coined the term to…