Lately I've been craving summer and all that it entails. Just the thought of getting a tiny burn on my cheeks and nose puts me in a good mood. One huge summer activity in our family is getting the boat on the lake and spending the day skiing, swimming, or sometimes even just docking the boat and enjoying the beautiful day under a tree.
One of the most enjoyable parts of the day are the epic picnics that my mom packs. This woman's ability to pack an amazing spread will go down in history. Always so much food, always an abundance of paper and plastic ware and everything is always delicious!
One item that I continuously request now are my mom's chicken salad sandwiches. I didn't know how much I liked chicken salad until the day I tried hers. What baffled me was how simple they were to make. No secret ingredients, no complicated technique. Just good fresh ingredients, light mayo and seasoned salt, that's it! And it's amazing every time!
As a quick side note, I don't actually measure my ingredients when making stuff like this. These are estimates. But don't sweat it, do everything to your own personal taste, I don't think it's possible to screw this up.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (I use rotisserie)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped green or red onion
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries (optional)
1/2 cup chopped apple (only do this if you plan to serve it immediately. If not either omit, or add right before serving, otherwise it will make salad watery)
1/2-1 cup light mayo (add or subtract according to how creamy you'd like it.)
1 tablespoon Seasoned Salt (add or subtract to taste, I like mine fairly strong)
Pepper to taste
In a large bowl combine all ingredients except mayo, seasoned salt, and pepper. In a small bowl, mix mayo, seasoned salt, and pepper and add to salad. Toss to coat. Serve either on a bed of lettuce, sandwich bread, or croissants that have been split lengthwise.