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Front Porch Salad

June first – Summertime! Let me tell you about one of our favorite summertime lunches – Front Porch Salad. In a sort  of tribute to Norman Rockwell, we sit back in our old metal porch chairs, look out at our quiet street and chat with neighbors. And we enjoy the antics of Humm-baby. (Giants fans will understand.) Our local hummingbird and his family fly fearlessly down and join us for lunch. They hover, or sometimes sit on at the railing of our feeder. Then they twitter away up out of sight, into the highest branches of our neighbor’s tall tree.  I don’t know where I thought hummingbirds lived, but I was amazed to discover that they live in such tall trees.

Front porch salad is an idea more than a recipe. We start with a can of Kirkland canned chicken. Drain it and put it in a big bowl.

Chop up a small handful of toasted almonds, a jalapeño, a couple of stalks of celery, and a little bit of onion.

Add them to the chicken, along with just enough mayonnaise to make a moist mixture.

Chop up about four cups of romaine lettuce, and gently fold it into the mix. Make sure it’s mixed well.

Pile this on two plates and then add garnishing of whatever other salad-type goodies you like. Carrot sticks, raisins, apple slices, raw cauliflower, slices of bell pepper, or pickled peppers.

Customize it with whatever you like best. I usually put sweet pickles and Kalamata olives on John’s; and dill pickles and artichoke hearts go on mine.

And now that summer is almost here, we’ll both want piles of juicy fresh tomatoes.  Ahhh! Off to the front porch! All I need now is a mint julep!