Ok it is time for another recipe this has been a summer time favorite for years. I know it seems like an odd combo of ingredients but please trust me on this one. This is also a good recipe to get the kids in the kitchen with.
Sheri’s Chicken Salad
3 cups of chicken diced.
3 stalks of celery diced
1 large tart apple diced (think granny smith or pippin)
½ cup raw pecans chopped coarsely
½ cup of dried cherries sliced in half
Mayonnaise to just hold salad together or slightly more if you want to make sandwiches
Salt and white pepper to taste
Place first 5 ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Add ¼ cup of mayonnaise and toss, you can always add more mayonnaise if you would like but once it is in the bowl you can’t undo it so add the mayonnaise slowly. When you have the constancy of the salad right it is time to take a taste and see if you need the salt and pepper. I usually start off with the pepper and end up skipping the salt. Remember to use a clean spoon for each taste test.
Cover and place in the fridge to chill well. We like to server this on a bed of romaine hearts for a salad. This is one of those nice hot weather meals that can be made the day before for a party or in the morning so dinner is ready when you come home.
For a faster clean up I use 2 dinner plates to do the chopping. One plate for the meat and one plate for everything else. I also use a separate knife for the meat and non meat items. When done just throw or gently place all the chopping items in the dishwasher.
For a milder flavor I use white pepper and it tastes much better when it is freshly ground.
I have not made this as a vegetarian dish but you may be able to replace the chicken with baked tofu.