I first tasted this delicious salad at my sister Mireille’s. It is part of a cookbook that her friend Jude Rand wrote for her sons. Jude writes, at the beginning of her cookbook:
“When our first-born went off to university in 1998, it occurred to me that our family’s recipes would get lost if I didn’t make an effort to write them down. So that year, I started this collection of our favourites and I gave our son Kyo a copy of the first edition for Christmas. I updated it four years later when his brother Michel went off to college, and I have updated it a couple of times since.
Jude first emailed the cookbook to a few friends, including my sister, who had heard about this endeavour. Through word of mouth (no pun intended!), and thanks to the internet, it has become part of many a family’s standard fare, including mine! Jude obtained this particular chicken salad from a caterer in Ottawa, where she and her family lived for a while. It is so simple, refreshing, nutritious, and tasty! I have prepared it many times and each time it reminds me of Jude and of my sister.