Southwest Chicken Salad and Weekend Wanderings



Wow! Last weekend was so great that I was totally exhausted and didn’t post anything on Monday.

It all started on Friday when I went out for dinner with a friend of mine. Another friend had told me about a place that serves Puerto Rican and Cuban food. Well, I had to try it. It was amazing! Cafe 23 has delicious food! I had never had a Jibarito but heard that they are delicious so I had to have one with roast pork…I think I died and went to heaven when I bit into this delicious sandwich!!!

The “bread” was actually plantain. Wow!

The Arroz con Gandules was also delicious!

I need to go back to this place ASAP!

Saturday I participated in my first 5K for The Pink 5K. It’s the first time I had walked so far in about 4 years because of my plantar fascitis. What better way to spend time with friends and get a bit of exercise while we raise money for a good cause?

Here I am with my friends and a good-looking guy that works with my best friend!

Of course we needed some energy after the 5K so we absolutely had to go eat breakfast. I tried to be healthy but it was really hard.

By Saturday evening my feet were killing me. I was in so much pain, but it was well worth it. When I got up Sunday morning my back was also hurting. I am just falling apart! I didn’t want to feel bad on Mother’s Day but there was nothing I could do. What did we do for Mothers Day? We went out to eat of course! I had never been to Smash Burger. Their Smash Fries are amazing. They are made with garlic, rosemary and olive oil.

After lunch we stopped at the cemetery to leave flowers for my Grandmother then went to my parents house . I think my dad can read my mind. He had bought some Micheladas and what do you know? My back ache was cured after having just one giant Michelada! Of course later in the evening at my parents we did what we do best-eat…again! I ate so much this past weekend that I am positive I gained at least five pounds!

Even though all I did was eat this past weekend I still have a great recipe for you. I am not the biggest fan of Chicken Salad because I find it kind of bland but this recipe is a different story!

This was so flavorful.

Southwest Chicken Salad


  • 10 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 lime juice, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (12 oz) cups cooked chicken
  • 1 (11 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro (2 tsp dried)


In medium bowl whisk together mayonnaise, lime juice, taco seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and red pepper flakes.  Stir in remaining ingredients. Coat evenly.
Cover and refrigerate 25-30 minutes before serving.

Easy and flavorful. Perfect for a spring or summer picnic.

I have enough stored in my belly to last me a couple of weeks, but unfortunately eating seems to be a necessity. I also believe that breaking bread with another person is one of the most satisfying and  personal things in life. So go out and have breakfast, lunch or dinner with  someone you love to spend time with.



Recipe source Plain Chicken







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