The post office has not been delivering mail to our new house.
I mean, we’re not living there yet, and we pay all of our bills online, so for a while I just figured nobody had anything to send us.
Until I ordered some clothes online and had them shipped to my new house (because my new house is in PA and my old house is in Maryland and there is no tax on clothing in Pennsylvania… #cheapskate) and after about 2 weeks they still hadn’t arrived.
So Zach called the post office for me and asked them if there was an issue with our mail.
Let me just tell you first that at our new house, our mailbox is attached to our house, beside our door. Our neighbors have the same sort of mailboxes that we do, where the mailman actually has to walk up our porch and drop our mail in the box.
The post office politely informed my fiance that they had sent us a notice saying that they wanted all residents to start using mailboxes on posts at the end of their driveways. Zach pointed out that our neighbors are still receiving their mail in their by-the-door mailboxes. Mr. Post Office told him that, since we are new residents, they won’t deliver our mail until we switch over to a post mailbox. Which they told us. In a notice. That we never received because they won’t deliver the notice to our house because we haven’t changed our mailbox.
Are you seeing a problem here, or is it just me?
Anyway, this weekend Zachary put up our mailbox and we went together to the post office to have our hold removed and we now have a shiny new mailbox beside our driveway and a giant stack of junk mail on our counter.
Now let’s pretend I inserted a nice transition in here from my mailbox problems to the pictures of the salad I’ve been showing you. Can we do that? Good.
It’s been prettyyyy warm recently (though not nearly as hot as summers around here typically are) and this summertime weather calls for easy, cold meals—aka summertime salads.
I LOVE broccoli slaw and think it makes the perfect base for any salad (I love the crunch of the shredded broccoli over lettuce any day), and this salad comes together in under 10 minutes with the help of ingredients you are probably already growing in your garden.
Douse it all in a creamy, tangy (also very easy to make) dressing and you’ve got yourself an easily-cleaned up, tasty dinner (or side-dish, I think since there’s chicken in it it’s a perfectly acceptable and filling meal, but maybe that’s just me).
Chicken Summer Salad
- 2 chicken breast cooked (or grilled!) and cubed
- 12 oz broccoli slaw
- 1 cucumber sliced
- 1/2 red pepper thinly sliced
- 1 cup chopped scallions
- 3/4 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup mayo I recommend mayo with olive oil if you're looking for a slightly lighter dressing
- 3 Tbsp apple-cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (depends on how spicy you like your dressing 1/4gives a subtle hint while 1/2lends a stronger kick)
In a large bowl, combine diced chicken breast, broccoli slaw, cucumber, red pepper, scallions, and sunflower seeds.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together mayo, vinegar, brown sugar, milk , salt, pepper, garlic powder and crushed red pepper
Pour dressing over broccoli slaw mixture and toss (even easier if you mix it in a large container with a resealable lid, then just replace the lid, seal tightly, and shake until the salad is thoroughly covered).