When it comes to salads, I’m not a very adventurous cook. I usually just chop some romaine lettuce and any other greens I have lying around in the fridge. Drop a little extra virgin olive oil, champagne vinegar, and a pinch of salt, and the salad is ready to go. I have to admit, it’s really boring. I’m bored making it, I’m bored while eating it, and I get bored thinking about it. It’s funny though, because when I’m at a restaurant I always forego the standard Caesar salad and go with something interesting and different, but in my own kitchen I don’t even make the effort to shave some parmesan cheese to fake a Caesar salad.
Throughout high school my mom packed my lunch everyday. I went to the same school for ten years, so after awhile the food gets a little old. I have to admit though, my school had a pretty good cafeteria. We had a selection of both Western and Korean food, and there was rarely anything we would call “mystery meat.” Most people just bought food from the cafeteria, but I liked bringing food from home. My mom usually packed me a sandwich and a sliced apple. The sandwiches were always simple and clean on a soft bread, but very good. My friends would always ask for bites and I would end up eating only about half the sandwich. But it was fine, it always made me happy to share my food with them. One of the sandwiches my mom made was a chicken salad sandwich. So, when the idea of the summer picnic came up I thought I should ask my mom for the recipe.
Chicken salad is almost a must at picnics. It’s easy to make, easy to bring, and easy to eat. However, I rarely find a chicken salad that I like. Most often the chicken is drenched in mayo and everything tastes slimy and goopy. I’m not a huge fan of mayonnaise but don’t mind it when it’s used in moderation. This is a very healthy chicken salad and uses only a little bit of mayo as a binder rather than a main ingredient. If you like a heavily mayo-fied version, then this sandwich will not be what you expect. However, I think you should give it a try anyways because it really is good.