One of my favorite things to do is cook. I like to take simple ingredients and turn them into something delicious.

In addition to cooking, I also enjoy cooking for friends and family who stop in to visit, from time to time. This probably stems from my childhood, when my grandmother would prepare lunch for anyone who would visit her during the day. Didn’t matter if it was a planned visit, or a pop-in. She could whip something up, out of very little, with the main ingredient always being love. No one ever left her house hungry. Not even the furnace repair man.

Without a doubt, my friends and family will tell you the same is true about me. If you come to my house, regardless if it is planned or not, I will most likely try to feed you. When I know someone is visiting, I tend to create a spread that could feed an army. So far, I haven’t had any complaints. Well, except that one time I made three types of mac-n-cheese, and my friend Mike over indulged.  But that is a story for another time.

This week my dear friend, and fellow NTP, Larissa came to visit me. She drove 4.5 hours to visit, and because of that, I didn’t want to spend my time preparing a huge meal. All we needed was something simple that could be enjoyed while we chatted. So the night before she arrived, I headed to the fridge to see what I could make.

One thing I strive to do when making a meal, is to use ingredients I already have in my fridge. That saves me from having to run to the store last minute. Luckily, I had some left-over rotisserie chicken, and some fresh herbs. This was the perfect base for a chicken salad! While I had all the produce I needed, I did need to make the mayo, so I whipped up a quick lime mayo using pastured eggs, limes, and olive oil.

I will share the lime-mayo recipe in the future.

Once the mayo was done, I threw everything into a bowl, mixed it up… and bam… chicken salad! I paired it with a simple carrot and cabbage slaw, and a vegetable tray.

It was a hit!

Nourishing food doesn’t have to be complicated; Real food + LOVE = Nourishment.

Try the recipe out and let me know what you think!

Larissa’s Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked chicken (leftover, rotisserie, etc.)

2 shallots, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

1 cup jicama, diced

1/2 cup pecans, chopped

1 cup mayo, homemade or store bought

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp. fresh rosemary, minced

2 tsp. fresh thyme, minced

2 tsp. fresh sage leaves, minced

Juice of 1 lime

Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Shred or dice cooked chicken.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients into the shredded or chopped chicken. Mix well.
  3. Place in the fridge for 1 hour, or overnight.
  4. Serve on lettuce leaves

ENJOY!