How I thought I knew that spring was here:
Finals; commencement; students moving out of town; a stack of library books a foot and a half high to fill the “void” left by schoolwork for my master’s classes.
Baseball opening day and subsequent games; hockey playoffs; college football spring games.
Snow melting; a few 75-degree days; my late-May birthday just around the corner.
How I actually, positively knew spring had arrived:
Our local farmer’s market is back!
Granted, the first official Market Sunday occurred on a rainy, blustery, 55-degree day, but still. Fresh! Community! Local!
Our market is close enough to walk to, so most Sundays that Boyfriend isn’t working we grab our reusable bags, harness up the Loag-man and partake in the locally-grown goodness. This past Sunday was, unfortunately, kind of a dud since nothing has really been harvested yet, but we got some herb and pepper plants, and some asparagus.
In honor of spring, and the market, I wanted to make something colorful, healthy, and full of flavor. While I wasn’t able to purchase any of the ingredients at the market yet, this would be a great market dish once we are a little further into the season.
Boyfriend wouldn’t even touch it – he hates mayo and tomatoes. I had to make him a frozen pizza instead. Too bad for him; he doesn’t know what he is missing. More for me.
Creamy Mexican Chicken Salad
Makes 4 servings
Inspired by Cheeky Kitchen
Meat of 1 rotisserie chicken, cubed
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
½ cup green onions, chopped
¾ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
½ cup cilantro, chopped
3 tablespoons white vinegar
5 tablespoons mayonnaise (more if you like a creamier salad)
Salt to taste
½ cup tortilla chips, crushed
3 avocados, cubed
- In a medium bowl, toss the chicken, corn, black beans, green onions, tomatoes, and cilantro together
- Add the vinegar and mayonnaise and toss to coat
- Add salt to taste
- Immediately before serving, add chips and avocados; mix gently
- Hoard for yourself, since someone is too picky to even try it; maybe give a taste to a nice neighbor