Summer time. The season of early mornings and late nights. The sound of kids laughing (and bickering) throughout the day. Afternoons spent poolside, ice cream cones, hose fights in the backyard and movie nights every night of the week. I truly love summer despite my consistent complaints about the heat and even more so because cooking is light. Here in the Arizona desert, we keep cooking to the grill outside or cold foods because when it is 120 degrees outside the last thing you want to use is an oven. One of our favorites is Greek Chicken Salad and it makes it so much sweeter that the kids love it too.
You will find the ingredient list and cooking directions at the bottom of this post, but keep scrolling to see my sweet Owen and I in the kitchen together cooking up this family favorite. I have truly loved pulling the kids into the kitchen more with me to cook, talk, laugh and play. My skills in the kitchen are modest, but I do know that these memories made with my family will last a lifetime. Being in front of the camera is my least favorite thing in the world, but seeing some of these portraits that my husband documented of my Wolfie and I together brought a tear to my eye. My sweet little Owen was more than happy to have one-on-one time with me and watching him smile while helping is a simple, but oh-so-sweet piece of time for my mama heart. There is something about being in the kitchen together as a family that makes our house feel like home.
The recipe / ingredient list for your shopping pleasure:
– 3 cups cooked chicken breast or 1 whole rotisserie chicken
– 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
– 1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved
– 1/2 cup plus a little more of mayonnaise
– juice from half of a lemon
– 1 Tbsp Greek seasoning
– croissants or cucumber slices for serving
Step 1: Shred chicken, place in bowl and set to the side.
Step 2: Combine mayo and Greek seasoning in a second bowl and mix thoroughly. Then add to shredded chicken.
Step #3: Add chopped celery and halved grapes to bowl and mix everything thoroughly.
Serve on croissants or sliced cucumbers.
*This recipe will make 4 to 6 sandwiches. I always double it to make more and have it available in the fridge for little ones who graze. Okay, okay. Adults who graze as well.
We usually serve it on croissants for a lunch or early dinner, but if you are watching your carb intake like my husband and I do you can also serve it on sliced cucumber. The cool crunch pairs perfectly with it. In another life I would also cook the chicken myself and shred it for the salad, but rotisserie chicken from the market does the job beautifully.
I hope you and your family enjoy!