Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chicken Salad for a Hungry Man…


Designs by Gollum is hosting a Potluck today…I love feeding my “hungry man” after a hard days work, he’s always appreciative of my efforts. Potluck tonight will be

chicken salad

basmati rice,

French bread

lime pie.

Chicken Salad Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise, or more, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sweet pepper relish, or to taste (I also use enough sweet pickle juice to give the salad a good consistency)
  • Lawry’s Seasoned Salt to taste


The green seedless grapes and pecans will be added just before serving…the next step will to be to toast the pecans…


Use about 1 tablespoon butter in a small iron skillet and melt on low heat….add pecans (I used about 1 cup because we like to snack on them also). Use low heat for about 3 to 4 minutes and turn flame off and let the pecans set in the skillet while finishing the salad preparation. Careful….pecans have a high fat content and burn very easily…salt to taste after they cool some.


Now it is time to mix all the chicken salad ingredients and refrigerate while prepping everything else.


I prefer to use kitchen shears to cut my lettuce into bite-size pieces (my pet peeve is giant pieces of lettuce that I have to cut up in my salad bowl, grrrrrrrrrr).


Now cut your tomato in slices ….see my knife, I’ve had it for years, I was told it was a “tomato knife” when I bought it. These tomato slices make a beautiful presentation and taste good too.


Add toasted pecans and grapes that have been halved and serve a portion of chicken salad dressed with grape halves and parsley alongside. I used some light Ranch dressing but any kind you like will be good. “Hubby” doesn’t like any dressing so he’s easy to please. The rice will be served as a side dish with slices of toasty French bread.



Dessert is Limeade Pie

* 1 can limeade concentrate (about 6-8oz.) * 1 pkg. lite cool whip (12oz.) * 1 can lite Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk * 2 large graham cracker crusts

Preparation: Whip condensed milk and then mix together with remaining ingredients.

Pour into the pie crusts. Place in the freezer until ready to serve.

Garnish with fresh lime slices.


  1. Oh, Becky, this is FABULOUS! I love how you assembled the clear dishes with the ingredients. And the chicken salad looks like a painting. I want a bite RIGHT NOW. Oh, please, one slice of that limeade pie, too. :-)
    I'm going to borrow your ideas about kitchen shears and the tomato knife!

  2. Hi, Becky! Thanks so much for all of these neat information. I'm learning so much tonight! I want to look for a tomato knife, and I'm with you about big pieces of salad. I hate when they are GIANT which forces you to cut them. I'm with you...grrrrrr.

    Those toasting pecans made me want some SO bad. Now I'm hungry again, and I ate supper before I started this blog round. LOL!

    Happy FF!


    Sheila :-)

  3. Wow, this was wonderful, love the glass dishes all filled and ready to go! I love the salad! I had one from a restruant, and it had the ends in it mostly, I can't stand it I love the leaves!Loved how you toasted the pecans, I have always done them in the oven. Great FF!

  4. Note to self "Do not visit any Foodie Fridays until you are very full from dinner."
    This looks very good...

  5. Becky, This is a great post. You did a wonderful job. Your salad looks so fresh it really makes you want a bite right now. I love fresh vegetables.

  6. This is the day for Chicken Salad recipes.. it looks wonderful and the easy limeade pie is a definite keeper!

    Super photos...hope you are submitting them...

  7. I have to make this pie when it finally warms up in the Chicago area. It is so easy and looks fantastic.

  8. Everything looks so delicious. I love how you arrange the food to make it look so appetizing.
    Thanks for sharing.


  9. Happy Foodie Friday! I did chicken salad too..great minds think alike (wink)


  10. OOh Your post looks like a cooking school tutorial and your food presentation is elegant--and presentation is half the battle :)

  11. Yummy food! I love the dessert the best of course, lol! Thanks for sharing!

    Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

  12. That pie just sounds to die for!

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your limeade pie recipe (do you really use lemonade in it? Or limeade?)

    Chicken salad seems to be on the menu lots of places today. Not here -- still too chilly in NJ for me to serve hubby a salad for dinner. There'd be a surprised face for sure.


  14. This looks wonderful! We do eat a lot of chicken salad in our house, but I love the way you presented yours. And I've not tried it with pickle relish before, but will try it now. And that pie looks delicious. I ate lunch before starting this round of Foodie Friday posts, but not dessert. Now I want some! Kathy

  15. Your chicken salad looks absolutely beautiful. It has to taste delicious. I think that I would frame the picture.

  16. I love all your photos and the way you've displayed everything. Wow!

  17. Becky, I'm so glad I found your blog. Thankyou for your comment on mine, and now I will be able to enjoy yours! Beautiful photos, and thanks for the reminder that I should make chicken salad very soon.



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