I’m afraid to admit it, but I screwed up bigly the other day.  Being an optimist, I thought, “I’ve got plenty of time to get from A to Z”, and took a phone call before getting packed up to do a food demo for Fox news. What modern, multi-tasking woman can’t handle having her phone on speaker while she puts on makeup?  ME.

I got to the station Fri morning “all set” to make chicken salad.  I had my canned chicken, mayo, cole slaw dressing, clear glass bowls, spoons, platter, grapes, pita bread and frisbee for National Picnic Day. What’d I forget? Chopped celery and onions.  KINDA IMPORTANT. DOH!

Thankfully, there was a “previously featured” cucumber salad nearby. I rinsed it and quickly minced it into “celery”.  Thankfully, I had white hearts of Romaine from the lettuce I’d brought, which got chopped into “onions”.  I quickly placed them in glass prep bowls as if they were the real deal.

The anchor of the show usually tastes the food during segments, but this time, he was in on the secret.  In reality, the chicken salad was pretty good despite the lack of two vital ingredients!  The tiny cuts of cucumber gave it color and crunch and I didn’t miss the onions.  Still- let it be a lesson to me that I should not be multi-tasking so often.  The irony is that the friend I spoke with before my demo is food stylist Mary Seguin.    http://www.maryseguinfoodstylist.com/

How’s that for karma?

Here’s the real recipe:

Simple Chicken Salad:

28 oz. canned chicken or 2 lbs cooked, cubed chicken

1/4 cup cole slaw dressing

1/4 cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing

1/4 cup chopped white onion

1/4 cup chopped celery


Place the chicken in a large bowl.  Add the cole slaw dressing and mayo and mix well.  Add chopped onions and celery and blend.

Makes ~8 servings of salad.

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