Summer Chicken Salad

Is it too early for me to mock the weather in Florida? It pains me to do it especially considering the winter we just came from in Chicago, but I can’t help but laugh at these people when they deliver the news every morning.

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Traffic is a hoot. Yes there’s violence but on a completely different level. Don’t get me started on the local morning show. But the weather. Lord does it get me laughing.

I giggle at the TV, as a chipper weather girl comes on every morning and delivers a 7-day forecast identical to the 5 days prior plus or minus a few percentages of humidity.

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Bright and sunny with a high of 88 today folks! It’s another beautiful day out there!

Don’t get me wrong it’s awesome to know you can walk outside sans coat, boots, hat and gloves no matter the hour, but where’s the variety? Coming from the Midwest we killed for this kind of weather. Ok, maybe that’s not the analogy I am going for but the bottom line is we relished in 88 and sunny because we rarely saw it. 88 and sunny. Are you kidding me?

Get the sprinkler out hunny! I hope the Ice Deli is open because we are totally going there after we grill everything in our fridge! We’ve only got 24 hours to enjoy this before it rains, storms or snows.

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And the radio meteorologists aren’t much better. I’m just cruising along trying to avoid anyone who should no longer have their license and all of a sudden a deep authoritative voice comes on and says,

‘Now, the official suncoast forecast’

Here I am expecting a tornado (water spout) warning, flood watch or at least an excessive heat advisory, but nope. Each and every day this intro is followed by the following:

Sunshine for the remainder of today with a low of 68. The temperature is currently 88 under clear skies.

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Now I realize we’ve only been here the better part of a month and there will be plenty of weather changes over the course of the year, but you should have seen them last weekend when we had a ‘cold front’ come through.

‘Good morning. Sunny and 88 for most of the week until the a cold front comes through on Thursday. Things will really cool down as our high on Friday will only reach 84. Still sunny though!’

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Cold front? It was 92 by noon that day. Meanwhile my friends in Chicago are sending me pictures of snow. Snow! In May! And this lady is warning of a cold front that is nothing like any cold front I’ve ever experienced. It’s hard to be a Midwest transplant in Florida in May. I still catch myself putting on layers to walk the dog only to sweat more than the fur covered mountain dog himself. And I can’t help but laugh at the way these newscasters report on delightful weather.

It’s been beautiful out. So while my Midwest family is still deciding whether it’s safe to pack away their coats, I’ve been jumping straight into summer recipes.

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Summer Chicken Salad

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked
  • 3 TBL greek yogurt
  • 2 TBL spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 C chopped roasted almonds
  • 1/2 C chopped celery
  • 1/4 C chopped red onion
  • 1/4 C chopped apple (can substitute grapes or craisins)
  • 2 TBL chopped green onion
  • lemon juice
  • cilantro, chopped
  • salt, pepper

Cook chicken breast according to your preference. I did a salt brine on mine for 30 minutes and then grilled them. You can bake or boil as well. Once chicken is cooked, shred into pieces and let cool.

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Fold chopped vegetables, chicken and apple into dressing. Add chopped cilantro and almonds before serving.

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Stay cool out there, folks!

 

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