Summer! Time For My Favorite Chicken Salad!

Summer time on a farm is just - well - opulent!

The luxuriously long days. 

The thousands of peony blooms dotting the landscape. 

Lush, vibrant "Coral Sunset"

Romatic Heirloom "La Tulipe"

Lovely seedling from our Collector stock!

The baby animals everywhere you look. Literally.

Zachy snuggles a day-old Rouen duck

Duckling "touring" the kitchen after escaping her shipping box

Summers remind us that we are incredibly lucky to be in this line of work  

But here's the other thing about summer. 

Those luxurious, long hours of sunlight? Well - if the sun is out - we are out.

Working.

So when it comes up at 5 AM, we're feeding ducklings and slopping pigs. 

And when the sun sets - usually around 9 PM - we're still trying to get that one last row of vegetable plants into the ground.

But - in talking to our customers - it seems we are not the only ones living at this frenetic pace.

It's like we all run. From one hustle, to another, to another. 

Last summer, mostly out of over-worked, tired desperation, Jason I started making this Chicken Salad. 

It was our first year full-time farming and - frankly -we were in over heads. We just felt so behind!

We needed to make sure we had consistent access to nourishing and ready-made food. 

Jason started the recipe. He just made a garden-variety chicken salad but decided to slice in some jalapenos.

I tasted it and thought, "I want to add lime." 

Then at some point we realized cilantro was the next obvious addition. 

And our favorite family chicken salad was born.

Now, as often as possible, we like to keep this on hand. It gives us that quick, nourishing meal, exactly at those moments there is literally no time to eat.

The recipe below is flexible. Leave out ingredients you don't like. Add in more of the things you love. It adjusts well no matter what you do! 

Now I want to know - what are your healthy, go-to foods? The ones that keep you going on those long, over-scheduled days? 

I'm always looking for nutritious 'food hacks." So respond back to this email and tell me yours!


Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad

We usually eat this on a bed of our home-grown baby-leaf lettuce and/or with tortilla chips. But it's also great on toast or in a sandwich!

 

Finely chop and mix in bowl

- 2 cups cooked chicken - baked, roasted or poached chicken all work great

- 1/4 onion - use less if the onion is really large

- 2 stalks of celery

- 5-6 sprigs of cilantro - Use more if you're as obsessed with cilantro as I am. 

- 1 clove garlic

- about a half Jalapeno pepper - this will make it medium spicy. Add more if you like heat!

Then add:

- The juice from 1.5 limes

- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar - for extra tang!

- 1/2 tsp cane sugar - I know. It sounds odd but it brightens the whole salad.

- 1/2-3/4 cup mayonnaise - adjust amount based on your personal preference 

- Salt and pepper to taste

 

Serve and enjoy!