Summertime Side Dish

Yesterday marked the official beginning of the summer season! I thought I would share a simple Southern side dish that will complement almost any meal this summer, from barbecued chicken to cold-cut sandwiches. Potato salad is the perfect choice for feeding a large number of people at events like picnics, church functions, and family reunions. This recipe takes little time to prepare and requires inexpensive ingredients.

This recipe will feed a family of four. Adjust to accommodate your needs.

Ingredients:
6 large white potatoes
dill pickles
green peppers
carrots
tomatoes
onions
1/2 c. light mayonnaise
3 boiled eggs
Paprika

Prepare:
Peel and cube the potatoes.

Place cubed potatoes in a microwavable container and cover with water. Microwave on high for approximately 8–10 minutes or until tender.
Drain water and set potatoes aside.
Dice the pickles, green peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and onion to the amount of your liking.

Combine diced vegetables and eggs with the potatoes. Add mayonnaise. [I use Kraft Reduced-Fat Mayo with Olive Oil]
Top with Paprika.

Alternatives include: chopping the ingredients into larger pieces for a chunkier style salad, adding more mayonnaise for a creamier texture, or adding 3 tablespoons of yellow mustard for a bit of a kick.
Refrigerate until it’s time to serve!

That’s it. A quick and easy addition to your favorite summertime meal. Enjoy!

Montreal Chicken Salad

I love chicken salad but have found very few brands that I actually like.  Some are very garlicky tasting and some are just weird tasting.  I thought since my chicken casserole recipe turned out pretty, I’d try my hand in some chicken salad.

I use McCormick Montreal Chicken for my chicken casserole and for baked chicken.  It’s a really good seasoning and kind of has a little kick to it. I have also grilled with it and it is wonderful.  The whole line of the Montreal Seasoning is really tasty.  Keep in mind, I’m the only one who eats chicken salad at my house, so this recipe is for a small amount of chicken salad. Add more to the ingredients if you want to make a larger amount.

Chicken Salad

1 chicken breast

McCormick Montreal Chicken Seasoning

1/2 celery stick – chopped

sweet pickle cubes

Mayo

Optional – 1 boiled egg, chopped onions, halved grapes, chopped pecans

Directions: Preheat oven to 350.   Tenderize chicken breast with fork by poking chicken thoroughly on both sides.  Sprinkle seasoning on both sides and bake for about 30 minutes or until juices run clear.  Let cool a bit after baking.

Chop cooled chicken to desired coarseness then mix with the remaining ingredients. Add mayo last to your desired amount.

Serve cooled & enjoy!