Is it just me, or do any of you also find yourselves attracted to recipes just because of their title? For instance, I always make a beeline for recipes whose titles start with “old-fashioned” or “Southern”, and ones whose titles just make me feel, well, happy. Such as this recipe. I already have a handful of chicken salad recipes that I love, but when I saw this one on Food.com (formerly Recipzaar), I loved the name so much that I just had to save it to my recipe box. I also liked that it came from Gooseberry Patch’s Hometown Favorites cookbook because I love Gooseberry Patch.
So yesterday when I was making this, I was feeling warm and fuzzy because I was making Sunny Day Chicken Salad, and it actually was sunny outside with clear blue skies, and that just made me happy. Am I strange? Okay, maybe just a little. But I’ll take any happiness I can get.
I didn’t have all the ingredients called for, so I did quite a bit of playing around with the recipe, but I thought the end result was really tasty. I’ve never made a chicken salad that included Ranch dressing mix before, and I liked the flavor it gave, it was something a little different. I think you’ll really like this recipe as well, and maybe it’ll make you happy too 🙂
I’m bringing this along to the potluck over at Mommy’s Kitchen.
Sunny Day Chicken Salad
- 1 pkg Ranch dressing mix
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 2 Tb honey
- 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced celery
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries (sliced grapes would be a nice substitute)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (or slivered almonds)
- lettuce leaves
Whisk together the dressing mix, mayonnaise, plain yogurt, and honey. Add in remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Refrigerate until well chilled.
To serve, place a lettuce leaf on each plate. Spoon chicken salad in the middle of each lettuce leaf.