Cucumber & Curry Chicken Salad

Well here we are, three weeks into our new adventure on the east coast and I continue to find things to be neurotic about. Will wonders never cease?

I have realized that I have a deep fear of basements. I don't understand everyone thinking they are normal. They are underground and dark. Weird because I always kind of wanted a basement that I could fix up as a karaoke lounge and have a margarita machine (or ten). Yet my real life basement experience has not been very karaoke/margarita lounge ish at all.

First of all, it took me about ten days to find the light switch down there. I probably could have asked Mr. Bell to help me find it but that would have possibly entailed an extra trip down there and he wouldn't instinctively know that you can only be in the basement for as long as you can hold your breath. Not because it is particularly smelly down there but because everyone knows that serial killers and rabid ground hogs alike respect the you can't kill your prey while they are holding there breath law.

As the days went by, however, just walking by the basement door started to freak me out. I realized it was time to discuss it with the mister and add all basement business to his list of trash and bug abatement. I made him a drink and began to explain how scary it is down there. I told him he doesn't realize it because he is from "back here" where things like underground serial killer slash rabid ground hog pits under your house are normal. I was sure that he would realize that of course a California person couldn't be expected to just flounce down the stairs all carefree into a BASEMENT.

Has he not seen Silence off the Lambs? Wasn't that pit the weirdo with Precious the dog put his chubby girls in actually a basement type of cave thing? That could be me. You know what he said? "You have to go in the basement. The washer and dryer are in there." It was a chillier night than usual in Massachusetts that night.

And speaking of chilly, I feel so out of synch with the blog world. When I lived in southern California, it seemed everyone was talking soup when it was 90 degrees at my house. Now it seems everyone is talking salads and cool fruity drinks and frolicking in their pools while it is peaking in the 40s and 50s around here. Sigh. So I'll embrace my out-of-synch-ness and pretend that it is quirky and fun.

This Cucumber & Curry Chicken Salad is perfect for those of you in warm climates and it is perfect for me when I crank up my heater to 82 degrees, lose my coat and pull out my flip flops and wear them with love.

Cucumber & Chicken Salad
Recipe by Michelle's Dinner Bell

For the dressing
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cucumber, peeled, chunked and patted dry

For the salad
2 cups cooked chicken
1/2 cured onion, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup pistachios
1/2 tsp curry - more or less depending on how you like it
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Combine dressing ingredients in your blended and blend well. Refrigerate about an hour.
2. Combine salad ingredients. Toss with dressing to desired consistency - but about 1 cup of dressing is what I use. Serve salad on rolls or wrap in lettuce leaves.

Refrigerate remaining dressing. It is great on a green salad or as a dip.


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