**Editor’s note. As usual, it took one of our fantastic feature writers to remind me about a simple TASTY recipe! My mom used to make this one ~ it’s so good! I’ve already prepared a batch for lunch. Add grapes to the mix for an extra crunch!** ~Leslie

Written By:  Julie Everett

It’s summertime! And life is BUSY! Between baseball games, swimming, boating, fishing, and fun in the sun, I am always looking for easy sandwiches to pack for our various outings. Chicken salad is one of my family’s favorites. Many people have asked me for my recipe, but I typically just ‘dump’ things together and have not really had a recipe.

A few weeks ago, I was asked for the recipe again and finally took the time to write down the ingredients as I prepared chicken salad for wraps at lunchtime.

Julie’s Chicken Salad

3-4 chicken breasts, cooked and diced
1/3 c. sugar
2-3 stalks of celery, diced
1 c. Miracle Whip (I don’t use mayo for this recipe)
Salt and pepper to taste

You can add more Miracle Whip or sugar, if you like your chicken salad sweeter.

To create a quick sandwich, I lay out a tortilla, topped with green leaf lettuce, and 1/3 or so cup of chicken salad on top. Roll up the wrap. Cut in half. This makes for a cool and delicious lunch time, or light dinner sandwich. If taking it on the run, I wrap in saran and pack in a cooler. These are great with fresh veggies or fruit as a side!

What is your favorite summer lunch? 

Julie Everett

Cooking was not something that came easy to me. When I first got married, I wasn't even sure how to boil water! Over the years--with many attempts at trying new things, I have come to love cooking for my family and friends. Cooking is a way to express yourself and the love in your heart. It takes a little effort, but is certainly worth it when you fill the tummies of those who are most important to you. I like to keep things simple in the kitchen. (The fewer ingredients, the better!) It is my goal to share with you some of my family's favorites, keeping it simple and requiring little time from you and your already busy schedule. Along with cooking, I have a profound love of teaching--children and adults alike. I am an Instructional Learning Coach for Kearney Public Schools. I live on a lake along the Platte River with my husband, Jason. We have three children: Brittany, Gordon, and Colvin. I enjoy running, biking, long walks, painting, decorating, hanging on the beach, reading, and of course, cooking and eating! If you would like to contact me, you may do so by emailing me at: [email protected]