Summertime means cool chicken salad

  • Try Cherry Almond Chicken Salad for an easy summer meal.

    Try Cherry Almond Chicken Salad for an easy summer meal.

 
 
Updated 7/29/2011 12:04 AM

I'm pretty picky when it comes to chicken salad because I've been surrounded by really great recipes my whole life. I grew up with mom-and-pop soda shops serving homemade chicken salad for the lunch special. Beverly's grandmother would send buckets of homemade chicken salad with us when we'd pass through her town on the way to the beach. And it seems just about every female in my family has a "special" recipe. (Many chicken salad recipes are on Kitchenscoop.com for you to enjoy now.)

While picking a favorite chicken salad would be like picking a favorite child, I do tend to lean toward recipes with a touch of fruit and nuts. Enter today's recipe for Cherry Almond Chicken Salad. I've used rotisserie chicken to make it easy, and all the other ingredients either take a quick chop or can be spooned in.

 

I love to serve this salad on a fancy glass plate surrounded by a few other salads, such as potato salad and coleslaw for a summertime trio. But it's just as good on thick slices of whole-wheat bread or spooned onto baby field greens tossed with light vinaigrette.

Suggested menu: Cherry Almond Chicken Salad with coleslaw and potato salad and iced tea with lemon.

• Beverly Mills and Alicia Ross are co-authors of "Desperation Dinners!" Write them at Desperation Dinners, c/o Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106, or tellus@kitchenscoop.com. More at the Desperation Dinners website at kitchenscoop.com.