a favorite chicken salad

there’s a yummy sandwich shop & bakery in atlanta called Gabriel’s. the owner, Johnnie, Gabriel and my mom are childhood friends.  it’s a little bit of a hike from me and therefore i haven’t been in a while. my mom & i headed up there one day for lunch and i was able to meet johnnie & have her sign her cookbook for me. it’s chock full of mouthwatering recipes, one of which is her own chicken salad. while that day at lunch i ordered the grilled pimento cheese sandwich, which let me assure you is so good it’ll make you slap your mama, the chicken salad is heavenly too. the recipe includes whipping cream. what more is there to say than welcome to the south my friends!

Chicken Salad :

4 c chopped cooked roasted chicken

2 c thinly sliced celery

3/4c mayo

1/4 whipping cream

1/4c sweet pickle relish

2 Tbl minced onion

1 Tbl lemon juice

1/2 t salt

white pepper to taste

1c red grapes, cut in half

1/2 c toasted slivered almonds

combine chicken & celery. whisk together all other ingredients ( except mayo, grapes & almonds). then add mayo and toss into chicken mixture. fold in grapes & almonds just before serving.

whether or not you slap your mama is entirely up to you.



i’m really trying to keep our meals light around here. haven’t whipped up a casserole or mac-n-cheese in ages. trying to go with fish or chicken, a starch and a veggie. usually roasted. while i love rolls or buttery garlic bread as much as the next person, i’ve held off from serving bread at dinner too. my love language is eating out so on the weekends i splurge a little more.

the night before savannah headed out this summer we grilled some ribeyes, ( her personal fave) and had a great summer dinner on the porch. warm potato salad, drop biscuits, fresh summer garden salad & freshly sliced watermelon.

hope everyone has a fabulous weekend. i’m hoping to list some of caroline’s Lilly & swimsuits from last year so if you’re interested, stay tuned:)

June 28, 2013 - 8:06 am

Stacey - Chicken salad with whipping cream in it? Yes please!! That looks heavenly.

I have to tell you…I watched your fashion course this week. Yesterday I went shopping and picked up two new necklaces and a top that was out of my comfort zone but I love it. Thanks!

June 28, 2013 - 8:38 am

ca - i didn’t know that was anyone else’s love language! it is VERY much mine. this looks delish~ and i was just at the store gathering ingredients for chicken salad last night. now i can add whipping creme? yay me! what’s not to love about that? can i get your recipe for that warm potato salad please? it looks so good.

June 28, 2013 - 9:40 am

Megan - Love eating at Gabriel’s! The chicken salad croissant and fresh strawberry cupcake is my go-to meal there.

June 28, 2013 - 11:04 am

Robin at Recess - The chicken salad looks divine! I can’t wait to try it – thanks for sharing. The potato salad looks quite yummy too. Care to share that recipe as well? :-)

June 28, 2013 - 11:12 am

Christy - mouth watering, looks divine

June 28, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Susan W - Thanks for making my mouth water! Looks so delicious and am really sure you enjoyed!

June 28, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Tina - I can’t wait to try this! I LOOOVE chicken salad! Thanks for the recipe! Oh, and on a side note, I received my awesome sun hat from noonday, and …… It’s awesome!!! I’m going to do a post on it next week, and tell my friends about noonday! They’ll love it!

June 28, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Michelle - Looks divine! yum. I want to try that recipe for sure. And, I am excited you’ll be posting some Caroline items. Ava Lu still wears that fab halter made with Lilly material. So cute!

June 28, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Rebecca - Oh I love a good chicken salad. But I am very very very picky about it. This recipe looks fantastic. Whipping cream, huh? I’m definitely trying this one. Maybe this weekend. Love your foodie images, especially the watermelon.

June 28, 2013 - 4:19 pm

patty - it all looks SO yummy…

ps: love your stacked bracelets!

June 28, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Caroline Knott - That looks delicious!

June 28, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Destiny - Thanks for the recipe, Paige! I’m kind of (Stand back: My competitive side is about to rear its ugly head…) in a chicken salad war with a friend, and this recipe just might push me into the lead. I have another friend who would love the Pimento Cheese sandwich, so I just might have to surprise her with a ride over. Another special friend, who is a vegetarian could also eat here, (love that they list the veggies of the day on their website.) and I might even join her in making veggie selections my meal that day because they sound delicious and “I’m a vegetarian myself, except for when I eat meat.”

I have no idea what a Hummingbird Cake is, but I’m turning *fifty on Monday and I think I just might need one!

*There’s a party in my honor on Sunday, organized by a dear friend and my oh-so-sweet husband and, while I’ve been kept out of the majority of details, I know that we are having red velvet cupcakes, with little coral hearts, from Lenox Cupcakes; y.u.m…

June 29, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Kelly - Yum, the chicken sale sounds delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe, never heard of whipping cream in it! Your dinner menu sounds wonderful, nothing is better than fresh salads, fruit and a barbecue. Have a wonderful weekend.

June 29, 2013 - 5:03 pm

KIm - Do you have a recipe for the red skin potato salad, that you might want to share? Everything looks so yummy!

June 30, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Melissa Ellen's Loft - This looks delicious!:) Thank you for sharing!

June 30, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Ashley - Paige!
We are moving from Atlanta to Birmingham and this post reminded me that I won’t be living near my favorite blogger anymore. :( Gabriel’s isn’t that far from my home in GA, maybe 20 minutes. Sigh….
BTW dinner looked amazing! I’m ready to grill some steaks now, too!

July 2, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - FEED ME!! :)

(Okay don’t. I need to lose a few.) I have to go now. So I stop thinking about this.

July 23, 2013 - 11:20 am

Mimi - Yum!