Susan's Chicken Sesame Salad

Our family recently suffered a house fire in which we lost everything except our pets, our cars, and our lives.  Yes, it's sad to lose family pictures and keepsakes, but we are thankful for the circumstances - we were home and able to get the pets out - and the blessings we've experienced as a result.

But I lost all my cookbooks!  Thankfully (another blessing) many of our family recipes are here on this blog and easy to retrieve.  And my mother pointed out that a few of my recipes were printed in our local Friends of the Library cookbook several years ago, a copy of which I had sent to her.  Guess what.  She just sent that copy back to me, so now I have one to start my new cookbook collection!

In the back of the book Mom had jotted down several of the recipe names that she liked.  One of her notations said, "Susan's Salad."  When I turned to the page number she had noted, indeed there was a recipe with my name on it, but it was one I hadn't made in years and barely recognized.  I remember it, though, and know it was a good one.  I'm going to make it again soon.  Here's a copy of the recipe for you.

Susan's Chicken Sesame Salad

2 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces and chilled
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1 medium head lettuce, torn in pieces
3 green onions, cut in 1 1/2-inch strips
2 medium tomatoes, cut in thin wedges
2 Tablespoons toaasted sesame seed
Oil and vinegar dressing (below)

Sprinkle chicken with ginger.  Toss gently with remaining ingredients.  Serve. 

1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Shake all ingredients in a tightly covered container.

I don't remember where this recipe came from the first time, but I won't forget where and how I got it back this time.  If you make it, I hope you'll leave a comment and let me know how you like it!


  1. Susan, we thought about recipes and cookbooks after your fire and know that it will take time to recover those important pieces of your past, if it is possible at all. Thank goodness some of your favorites are online.

    Would it be okay if I set up your blog to automatically feed to my Facebook page, Culinary Favorites From A to Z? I'd love to share your recommended recipes there.

  2. Brenda, I would be honored to have my blog feed to your Culinary Favorites Facebook page. Thank you so much!

  3. Susan I am so happy to hear piece by piece you are putting your lives back together. Sara Moulton once said. "Food is the glue that keeps the family together" How true food and tradition is.

  4. Suzanne, what a wonderful quote - and how true! Thanks for thinking of us!

  5. What a wonderful looking recipe! Now I know what to do with all the leftover chicken. Thanks. :) Great to see you here, we've missed you. Good to know you're doing okay.


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