Chicago, go home, you're drunk.
Come on Mother Nature, you are putting a severe damper on things right now. Cold and rainy all weekend? Talk about a sure-fire way to blow any hopes of doing summer things this past weekend. Like eating al fresco in River North. Or going for a run along the lakefront (lies, I'd rather be inside at SoulCycle). Or laying on the beach with the sun beating down on my Scandinavian pale skin. Those all sound wonderful and I was unable to do any of them. Instead, I dopily walked to Trader Joe's for groceries and spent most of the weekend cleaning, reading, and dreaming of becoming a SoulCycle instructor. I'm obsessed. Get over it. Oh, I also got a new apartment this weekend - holla for studios! It'll be interesting to see how I adapt to living alone. It'll be fun to have a space that I can call my own - making all the decisions - how I want to clean, decorate, etc.
Now let's talk about food. When I saw I want summer, I really. really. mean it. I'm not kidding. Sure, the heat makes it difficult for me to not pit out my dress shirts on my way to work, but forget about that. Let's focus on the important things. Like grilling. Beaches. Beer. Volleyball. Music festivals. Street festivals. Tank tops. Girls. And daylight until 9:00pm. Those are the things that I am looking forward to. So a bout of cold weather is not acceptable. Especially when I make a delicious Oriental Chicken Salad. Does this look like cold-weather food to you? Cuz I sure don't think so! Once the weather decides to cooperate, and stay consistently nice, whip this recipe up and enjoy!
Oriental Chicken Salad
1 head red lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
1 head green lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
3/4 cups loosely package spinach
1 1/2 cups red grapes, halved
1 can mandarine oranges, drained
3 green onions sliced
1/2 cup cashews
5-6 cooked chicken breasts
Wishbone Oriental salad dressing
Chinese chow mein noodles
- Marinade chicken in Wishbone Oriental salad dressing. Grill and dice. Refrigerate until serving.
- Combine all ingredients, except chow mein noodles, in a large bowl and toss with salad dressing.
- Just before serving, toss one last time, adding in chow mein noodles.