Saturday, July 8, 2017

Sweet and salty summer chicken salad and sandwich #mystery #recipe #contest @Abbottmysteries

Do you want to win one of our five Mystery Lovers Kitchen FABULOUS GIFT BAGS?  Read to the end for the fun contest details!   And now for lunch.

I was looking for a very pleasant summer lunch that didn’t involve turning on the stove and something that would be good on a sandwich or on a bed of lettuce for anyone avoiding bread lately, no names mentioned. 

Luckily we had some leftover chicken.  I think that a cold rotisserie chicken would also do the trick as could a couple of poached chicken breasts.  We also wanted some nice crunchiness which the pepper and celery provided as well as some different flavors and thought that the sweetness of the cranberries, the saltiness of the sunflower seeds would go nicely with the tang of the lemon and feta (which also is quite salty).

Although you might spot salt in our ingredients, we didn’t add it because this had quite enough.  If you want to avoid salt you could try toasted walnuts or almonds and a milder cheese or none.  If sugar’s an issue, I think seedless grapes would also be good.  I’ll try that next.

That’s what we love about salads, you can switch ingredients with impunity!  As long as they’re good quality, it’s hard to lose.

This makes quite a nice sized bowl of chicken salad.  There's plenty for salad and sandwiches!  It passed the test with our friend, Nancy, who said it was better than anything she could buy.  Happy summer eating.

Sweet and salty summer chicken salad

2 cups chopped cooked chicken
3/4 cup chopped celery
½ cup chopped yellow pepper
3/4 cup salted toasted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
½ cup Feta, crumbled
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tsp lemon
teaspoon pepper
Lettuce leaves – we used green leaf lettuce
Or sliced fresh bread or rolls


In a bowl mix chopped chicken, cranberries, celery, peppers and sunflower seeds. 

 Combine lemon juice, zest, pepper and mayo in a smaller bowl and then stir into other ingredients. 

Crumble feta and add, mixing to distribute well.  Oops. We left out the mixing well photo. 

Serve on lettuce for a refreshing salad.  This one cooled off MJ at lunch.

Or make a sandwich with fresh bread or rolls. We used our favorite whole wheat bread and it was awesome, if we do say so ourselves.

You can be cool and have a very healthy meal!

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1. Take a picture of any one OR MORE of our books (does not have to be one shown above) in the following categories:
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In case you don't know, Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between  me, Mary Jane Maffini, and my daughter Victoria. Together we write the book collector mysteries.   We think that reading them is like taking a lovely trip to a mysterious place where books are everything and, yes, murder happens and great meals are served and some relatives are not to be trusted. Of course, justice prevails in the end and books are loved.


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  1. A perfect summer meal.
    I'm not entering the contest because I already have most of the books and I'd like someone who doesn't have them to get them.

  2. Great recipe, can't wait to try it.