My Favorite Chicken Salad

Good morning and happy Friday! I’m so glad you chose to join me this morning for a little chat and a killer recipe.

Weekends are a great time for fast, easy meals – more time for playing outside or working on your hobbies! This chicken salad ticks all of the boxes you’re looking for in a satisfying lunch. It requires pretty much no effort, and packs a lot of flavor. The tart Craisins and sweet apples pair perfectly with the saltiness of the mayo and bite of the onions. As an added bonus, you can feel good about being lazy and buy a rotisserie chicken from the store. If you prefer a sweeter salad, you could always leave the onions out, we have done it both ways (but you know how much I love onions 😉).

When I eat this, I prefer just the salad alone on a good Kaiser roll. My default mode is Plain Jane. Steven Michael, however, likes to add some flair with lettuce, tomatoes, and a little bit of turkey bacon. It really is customizable to your taste. Ellis still lives off of PB&J, pizza and dinosaur chicken nuggets so he wouldn’t touch it. His loss!

I’m getting my second dose of the vaccine this afternoon, but we’ll be back on Tuesday with another great recipe and a few more antibodies, woo!

Burrito Fresco

Sanibel Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

If you’ve been following along from the start, you know that Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant that has ever existed. Yes, I am fully aware that my opinion is biased, but it’s the truth. The food was incredible, everyone agrees, but the spirit of Burrito Fresco is what lives in our memories more than anything. We were a crew of misfits who came together so perfectly to create a place where everyone was accepted, coming to work was fun and we looked out for each other – in short, we were a family.

One story exemplifies this more than any other that I could share. One night after closing, someone kicked our door in and stole a jar of donations that we had been collecting for brain cancer research off of the front counter. When our crew heard that Steven Michael would be spending the night sleeping on the booth seat because we no longer had a door, they showed up with laptops, movies and snacks to stay the night with him. What could easily have been the lowest moment for our business, became one of the fondest memories we have.

It was the people that worked there that made Burrito Fresco what it was for us, and for our customers. We owe everything to them and will never forget the love they showed us during our time together. We shut our doors almost five years ago, and we still talk to many of them regularly. Before COVID, we were having yearly reunions to catch up and stuff our faces with Burrito Fresco food.

Steven Michael and I have guarded the restaurant recipes closely, as they are so personal to us and represent something amazing that we did together. Today, that changes. We plan to release restaurant recipes within this blog. Letting go is hard, but knowing that our food will once again be enjoyed by people is making us smile today.

Below you will find one of our best selling items straight from the Burrito Fresco menu, Sanibel Salsa. This sweet pineapple mango salsa pairs well with fish, pork, chips or just a fork (seriously, go to town). Just last night, Steven Michael added this to shrimp quesadillas and it was delicious. We couldn’t stock enough of it when we had salsa booths at local public markets, so we have no doubt you’ll love it!

If you’re reading this as a former Burrito Fresco customer, let us know what recipes you’re dying to know in the comments below or any of our social media platforms. We’ll be sprinkling restaurant recipes in throughout the blog, so make sure to subscribe via email so you get them right away!