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Cooking is something I have always enjoyed. I learned to cook at the apron strings of my mother and grandmother. The experience of cooking brings me both pleasure and peace of mind.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer Chicken Salad

With summer here we wanted something light and tasty without alot of cooking.  We went to the market picked up a roasted chicken, a few vegetables, and presto chango, dinner for two.  BTW my wife came up with a great suggestion/idea to give the salad a fresh taste.  We added lime infused olive oil to the dressing.  Since I tried this recipe a couple of times I also increased the lime flavor with a little lime zest.  For a non cook she really hit a homerun on this one!

Salad Ingredients
  • Chopped roasted chicken, approx. 3 - 4 cups
  • 10 ox package of slaw
  • 3 stocks of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • Handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup alonds, chopped
  • Handful of red grapes, cut in halves
Dressing Ingredients
  • Mayonaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Lime Infused Olive Oil (Optional)
  • Lime Zest (1/2 smal lime)
  • 2 - 3 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
  • Sugar

  • Combine the mayonaise, oil oil, lime zest, and red wine vinegar into a mixing bowl and mix together. 
  • Add a couple of spoons of sugar, stir and taste.  Continue adding sugar until you have a sweetness you like.  If you overshoot, add a little vinegar.  This is truly a mix and taste recipe.
  • Combine and mix all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl
  • Pour the salad dressing onto the salad, mix and serve as a sandwich or as a bed of salad


  1. Looks like the perfect summer dinner to me!

  2. Hello, I love to cook too! I like your blog. Your recipes are easy to follow and well thought through. I hope that you will visit back and follow my blog too, if you like it. Blessings, Catherine

  3. Dear Stephen, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope that you will enjoy the calamari. Nice to meet new foodie friends!! Blessings,Catherine

  4. This is definitely an ideal summer salad for me.

  5. Lime olive oil?! That sounds very interesting, and perfect for a summer chicken salad!

  6. That dressing sounds wonderful for a summery salad!!! Thank you for your comment, it is so nice to know I am not the only one struggling too.

  7. Nice chicken salad,Stephen!I really like the lime twist to it!!Enjoy the weekend!