Sunday, August 08, 2010

Cool Chick Salad

I spent the afternoon hanging out at a pool party for the youth, eating hot dogs, potato salad, calico beans, chips & dip and key lime pie. In other words, perfect picnic fare. The spread was put on by a very gracious couple who belong to my church. They welcomed the youth into their home & pool and offered to provide lunch, as well. This is so contrary to how a lot of churches treat their youth. They say they support the youth program, but if anyone is even in the slightest inconvenienced by the youth, you definitely hear about it! I am glad there are folks in my church who are truly dedicated to making the church a welcoming place for young folks! Enough soap boxing! The picnic made me feel like having a nice, summery dinner, too. I made an adaptation of a recipe from a cookbook called Looneyspoons. I love the name, "Cool Chick Salad." This is a lovely potluck dish, as well as perfect for a hot summer day. I served it with French bread and some really delicious home-grown canteloupe. A green salad would be a nice addition.

Cool Chick Salad, Daria's Way
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite-size pieces
1 can black beans, drained
1 tomato, diced
1 can corn, drained
Half a red onion, diced
A handful of chopped parsley
4 tbsp. key lime juice (regular lime juice would be fine)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Mix the first six together. Mix the last six together. Combine & chill. Or, if you are ready to eat right now, it's pretty dang good without being allowed to blend. Serves 4-6.

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