Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Name that Summer Supper

In our neck of the woods, 85 degrees is a hot day, and when the weatherman says the forcast is above 90, we all sigh, for few have air conditioning up here in Northwest Washington. 90 degrees is way hot.

On days like that, I don't like to cook much. Heats up the house, and besides we're not too hungy. Last week, I came up with a nice light dish that is healthy, tasty, and a good summer supper.

You can vary the ingredients, but things you need to have on hand are:

  • Cabbage or packaged coleslaw
  • Fruit flavored yogurt--I prefer peach or apricot-mango
  • Miracle Whip
  • Fresh ginger root (I keep a piece in the freezer, grate it frozen, and throw it back in before it thaws)
  • Fresh fruit of some kind. Tonight I used nectarine and cherries
  • Either sliced green onions or chopped Walla Walla sweet onions
  • Lemon or lime juice or you could use wine vinegar
  • Leftover chicken or pork roast
  • Coarsly chopped almonds (toasted if you like)
Here's how I put it togetherfor 2:

Use 1 package coleslaw mix or cut 1/3 medium sized cabbage into fine shreads and put in large mixing bowl.

1/2 cup fresh fruit, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/4 cup onion
(optional) 1/4 cup jicima, julienned

Mix these all up together and make a dressing out 1 individual carton yogurt, 2 heaping tbsps miracle whip, 1 tsp grated ginger root, 1 tbsp lime juice or wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of pepper.

Now, cut your leftover meat into cubes and warm it up in a skillet. While it's heating, mix the dressing into the salad. Divide it into 2 portions and put each on a plate. Top with the cubed meat and toasted almonds and enjoy it out on the patio.

It's a new concoction. I came up with it the other night because it was hot and I had leftover chicken in the fridge. I tried it again tonight with pork. That was even better. So, what to call it?

Liz's Summer Supper?
Ginger Chicken (or Pork) Lizzy ?
Liz Adair's Chicken Salad ?

What do you vote for, or do you have a better name for it? Let me know by commenting below or emailing me at

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Rebecca Talley said...

Sounds very yummy! I don't have a name for you, though, because I stink at names and titles.

Jewel's Gems said...

What about "Festive Hunger-Buster Summer Salad?" :-)

Anne Bradshaw said...

Or "Liz's Cool Summer Salad" or "Liz's Cool Supper Salad" or "Super Supper Salad a'la Liz?" :-)

Valerie Ipson said...

I like your second suggestion--Ginger Chicken Lizzy! It sounds fun, just like the recipe.

Monique said...

Anything with the word Lizzy in it has my vote! Love that name.

Betsy Love said...

I like the "Ginger Chicken Lizzy" Snappy and fun! Makes me want to try it!

Chas Hathaway said...

The Chicken-Lizzy idea is pretty good. You could also call it Liz's Crazy Chicken.

- Chas