Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About a Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner

A decade ago, when blogging centered primarily on the blogger and not the needs or appetites of her audience, I routinely shared random posts like this one for no good reason. So let’s party like it’s still the early 2000’s when we didn’t give a second thought to how Google wasn’t likely to direct a single soul to this post since this is a decor blog not a food blog and fails to include keywords like ‘paint colors’ and ‘rustic decor.’ Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About a Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe for Lazy Chicks, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner won’t go viral on Pinterest, but what the hey…let’s totally be chicken-salad-with-a-French-twist renegade with real life yum and silly stream of consciousness dishing.

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe by Hello Lovely Studio is something to make when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good to eat!
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Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe for Lazy Chicks

I’m using the term ‘lazy’ in a lovingly playful way with no judgment, folks. Summers are just meant to be lazy. Blazing hot temperatures mean we move a little more slowly. This chicken salad is meant to be thrown together casually, in a relaxed manner, without panic, and with a glass of something cold and delicious to sip lazily.

PIN ME, pretty please!

Why will lazy chicks approve? Well, it doesn’t get much easier when you save time with ingredients that come already cooked! No problem if you would rather cook your wild rice and lentils yourself though! (It takes me 45-50 minutes to cook them on the stove.) A little dicing, a little whisking, and you’ve got a yummy meal!

Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely.

DIY French Table Runner

Hello Lovely Studio – My disposable runner was a snap to make with kraft paper and a Springtime in Paris stencil. A simple gluten-free lazy chicken salad recipe to make for lunch or dinner when nothing sounds good…certainly easy indeed.
kraft paper roll
Kraft paper roll, Amazon…certainly useful indeed.
French Quotes Lettering Stencils - Royal Design Studio
Springtime in Paris stencil used to create the disposable table runner….certainly versatile indeed.

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe Ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Papa Vince extra virgin olive oil
Papa Vince Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Italy, Amazon…certainly yummy indeed.
Pin me! Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely. A simple gluten-free lazy chicken salad recipe to make for lunch or dinner when nothing sounds good…certainly easy indeed.

Salad Recipe Ingredients: Aged White Wine Vinegar

Colavita aged white wine vinegar from Italy
Colavita Aged White Wine Vinegar from Italy, Amazon…certainly lovely indeed.
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Hello Lovely Studio – Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely. A simple gluten-free lazy chicken salad recipe to make for lunch or dinner when nothing sounds good…certainly easy indeed.

Recipe Ingredients: A Lovely Honey

Organic honey
Organic Honey, Amazon…certainly yummy indeed.
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Hello Lovely Studio – My kraft paper table runner was stenciled with my French Poem stencil from Royal Designs. See how I have used it on mirrors HERE. A simple gluten-free lazy chicken salad recipe to make for lunch or dinner when nothing sounds good…certainly easy indeed.

Easy on the Budget Serving Pieces

White angled porcelain salad bowls make a great salad even better.
White Porcelain Salad Bowls, Amazon…certainly useful indeed.
Teak wood salad servers.
Teak Salad Servers, Amazon…certainly practical indeed.
Honey dipping sticks
Dipper Sticks for Honey, Amazon…certainly practical indeed.
Honeycomb Dipper Sticks
Honeycomb Dipper Sticks, Amazon…certainly helpful indeed.

Recipe Ingredients: Lentils & Wild Rice

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These pouches used to be available on the shelf at Target, but as far as I know, they are no longer there. A simple gluten-free lazy chicken salad recipe to make for lunch or dinner when nothing sounds good…certainly easy indeed.
Organic, ready to eat pre-cooked lentils are a delicious way to add iron and protein.
Organic, Pre-cooked Lentils, Amazon…certainly helpful indeed.
Black Beluga Lentils are delicious in a summery chicken salad!
Timeless Organic Black Beluga Lentils, Amazon…certainly healthy indeed.
Easy chicken salad wild rice. lentils, and green apples - Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio – Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely. A simple gluten-free lazy chicken salad recipe to make for lunch or dinner when nothing sounds good…certainly easy indeed.
Yummy wild rice has already been cooked - makes cooking quick and easy!
Fully Cooked Wild Rice, Amazon…certainly convenient indeed.

An Even Easier Option!

You may be able to find your rice and lentils together in a package.

Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely.
Brown rice and lentils are organic, gluten free, and ready to eat!
Brown Rice & Lentils, Amazon…certainly convenient indeed.
Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe by Hello Lovely Studio is something to make when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good to eat!
Hello Lovely Studio – Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely.

Salad Recipe Ingredients: Maille Dijon Mustard

What’s the fuss ’bout Maille Dijon mustard? What a lovely discovery it was when we were in Paris!

Maille Dijon Originale Traditional Dijon Mustard
Maille Dijon Mustard, Amazon…certainly delicious indeed.

Ummmmm…is it my turn to discover another fall in Paris yet???

Paris in the fall with fallen leaves, a green bench, and an enchanting park captured by Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly lovely indeed.

It’s not everyday you find yourself staying in a posh, palatial hotel like the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, and I savored every second of it as we celebrated our 25th anniversary.

Michele-of-Hello-Lovely-Studio-in-Paris-hotel
Our suite at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome – Hello Lovely Studio. Mahogany paneled walls, gold accents, bronze sculptural hardware by Rosaline Granet…certainly posh indeed.

Yay, This Recipe is Gluten-Free!

I came up with it a few years back when I developed a gluten allergy that felt like my world stopped turning.

Because I love bread like Oprah loves bread, child.

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Hello Lovely Studio – Let’s Chat in My Kitchen About Chicken Salad for Lazy Chicks, Paris, a 1977 Playlist, and a DIY Table Runner As Well As Random Lovely.

Like Chip and Joanna love their shiplap.

And Like Kanye loves Kanye.

Humor quote about cake on Hello Lovely Studio. #cake #quote
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly fun indeed.

After eliminating all gluten for 18 months, I was able to add it back a little at a time, beginning with my Old fashioned sourdough that I make weekly from a starter. Find it HERE.

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe by Hello Lovely Studio is something to make when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good to eat!
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly yummy indeed.

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe for Lazy Chicks Recipe

Easy healthy recipe gluten-free Chicken Salad with Wild Rice, Lentils, and Granny Smith Apples
Recipe instructions follow below!

1977 Playlist for No Good Reason

Might I recommend a playlist to jam to as you make this lazy salad?

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe by Hello Lovely Studio is something to make when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good to eat!
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly tasty indeed.

For a good stretch of our journey home from Tennessee (our last leg of the roadtrip) a few days ago, we listened to 77 songs popular in 1977, and what fun that was! One of the first songs in the mix? Andy Gibb’s I Just Want to Be Your Everything…omg, I was one of those young girls in the hot sun at Taste of Chicago in ’77, crying her eyes out at Andy shakin’ it in red satin pants. Just knew I’d marry him.

You Better Believe I Was Car Dancing to This!

Stevie Ushered In All Sorts of Memories!

All kinds of memories bubbled up – all sorts of feelings washed over us as we reminisced and marveled at stuff we had not thought of in many years.

These Songs Just May Resurrect the Past for You!

Did these blasts from the past rock your world?

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe by Hello Lovely Studio is something to make when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good to eat!
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly easy indeed.

Chicken Salad With Wild Rice & Beluga Lentils

2 cups diced chicken breasts (I grilled mine – can sub a rotisserie chicken)
1 cup cooked brown or white rice
8.5 oz. cooked wild rice (a little more or less is fine!)
8.5 oz. cooked beluga lentils
2 small granny smith apples, diced

Whisk together and combine with above ingredients:
4 Tbsp. olive oil, 2 Tbsp. honey, 4 Tbsp. white wine vinegar, 4 Tbsp. orange juice, 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard, and S&P to taste.

Lazy Chicken Salad Recipe by Hello Lovely Studio is something to make when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good to eat!
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple indeed.

Wishing you deliciousness mixed with your lazy days of summer, kittycats.

Easy healthy recipe gluten-free Chicken Salad with Wild Rice, Lentils, and Granny Smith Apples from Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly yummy indeed.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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12 Comments

  1. July 22, 2019 / 11:46 pm

    First of all I absolutely laughed at your opening lines to this post, referring to those years when we used to post based entirely on what we wanted irregardless of key words or consistent content. Except er…sadly I’m still doing that. Hm.. maybe that’s why I’m not getting hundreds of hits on my posts, ya think? Oh well. Also. You’re so darn cute it comes through your writing.
    Have to tell you that we’re sisters in the music department. Totally took me back in time. And that looks like a yummy salad too. Love to you and your beautiful spirit.

    • Michele
      Author
      July 23, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      It’s refreshing to NOT read or write a post written with good SEO and stuffed with keywords so don’t go changin unless you really want to build traffic. Thanks for reading with a smile and adding one to my face all the time, sister. 🙂

  2. July 28, 2019 / 8:10 am

    Michele,
    I love your posts. You spend so much time on them. You images are amazing and you always shared so many lovely stories. I just throw up my posts and hope for the best. I am usually so busy that’s all I can do. See, I am even late in responding to comments from my TFT party. Your salad looks so yummy, pinned and shared. I loved your play list, I knew all of those songs. Yikes, I am getting old. Keep giving us your wonderful and heart warming posts.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      July 28, 2019 / 6:38 pm

      Blogging does require a big chunk of my time, and I can only afford to continue because of a wonderful audience which includes you. I was a hobby blogger for 8 years before earning income and committing to daily blogging so I really understand both sides, both of which have their pitfalls. Blogging is definitely not for the faint of heart in 2019, right? Platforms always changing – competition – and internet trolls are enough to hang it up. So I think it’s only wise to stick with it as long as it is working for you rather than the other way around. Once you feel like a slave to it, it’s likely time for change! My secret weapon is that I love to write and never tire of it so what may feel like work to someone else feels like play for me. I hope this info helps you be less hard on yourself, Bev! Thank you so much for the continued support, and I’m so grateful for your encouragement. xox

  3. July 31, 2019 / 3:19 pm

    Ahhh, that salad! I actually have everything on hand to make it, so, guess what I’m making tomorrow! It looks so very good. And, yes, what a change from the early blogging days! So much less complicated back then, and so much less social media to try to keep up with. I can’t seem to keep up with blogging, but I can’t seem to let my blog go, either. Thank you for the fun songs– I had a lovely deja vu experience as I read. Thanks for sharing all of your sweet musings and photos at TFT, as always. I always look forward to them!

    • Michele
      Author
      July 31, 2019 / 8:48 pm

      That is awesome, Pam! I tell people you have to be neurotic and off your rocker to blog in 2019 since everything is surely designed to make you hang it up. Changing platforms – things breaking – unpredictable traffic patterns and trolls! As long as your blog is working for YOU, then it sort of makes sense (but we’re still pretty nuts). Hahahahaha. Thanks for playing along and hosting a great link-up. I love being part of that community. 🙂

  4. July 31, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared

    • Michele
      Author
      August 1, 2019 / 9:11 am

      Yay! So grateful for the support, Marilyn.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 1, 2019 / 9:11 am

      What a sweet treat, Bev. Thank you so much for the feature and for the friendship. I’ll be over this week as well. 🙂

  5. July 31, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me at https://www.marilynstreats.com on thursday morning to see your feature! All hosts choose their own features from the comments left on their blog so be sure to return to my blog to see your feature. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 1, 2019 / 9:10 am

      Thanks so much, Marilyn. I’ll be over to party with you gals shortly. 🙂

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