It is so hot.  If August weren’t my birthday month, I would totally right it off along with September.  It’s nice to explore foods that don’t heat up the kitchen and make enough to enjoy for a few days.   We have been smoking chickens every Monday so we can enjoy chicken in different recipes throughout the week.  Smoked chicken is super tasty in Ina Garten’s recipe for Chicken Salad Contessa.  I have pinned it on my Salads Pinterest board here.

I like it with the grapes, but when I don’t have grapes on-hand, I’ll substitute with shredded carrots.  You could also use chopped apple.  I am not a nut-in-my-food person, so I omit the pecans and walnuts in the recipe.  Finely chopped almonds I might try sometime, because I love almonds.

In a bowl I mix the mayonnaise and sour cream, salt and pepper and the tarragon until it’s creamy.  Then add the halved grapes and the chopped chicken.  I toss it all together and keep it in a storage container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.  It is very pretty served on lettuce leaves.  Add slices of cheese, yummy crackers and a sliced apple and you have a perfect summer weeknight meal.  It’s also really good to eat after a workout.