Honeyed Kiwi-Lime Chicken Salad

I’ve worn a ponytail for eight days in a row.
And, darling, let me tell you.
Soon as I pull out the pony holder to pull back my limp lockes,
I know it’s over.
I’ve turned into Mama Dowdy
and ain’t nothing can pull me back together
‘Til I wake the next morning and attempt to rediscover my style.
Please, tell me I am not alone.
One of these days, I’ve promised myself I will create a cupcake
devoted to the summer mommy ponyhead.
In the meantime, I shall fantasize
a dual life.
One wherein I wake in the morning as Perky, Put-Together Mom
{tresses flowing in the wind}
Then progressively become more suave as the day proceeds.
~To review~
Morning: Adorably put-together, patient, well-planned mama.
Evening: Va-va-voluptuously heeled and aproned, stirring the makings of a divine dinner for that handsome chap I call hubby.
For Now: Here I sit, cropped grey sweats and a ponybun bobbing on my head.
A girl can dream, right?
Tonight, I’m content to allow my Kiwi Chicken Salad the honor of being both
Kid-Friendly and Party Perfect.
She’s such a versatile vixen.*

Most tremendous thanks to my 6-year-old for proving just how easy it is to make this simple recipe for lunch. He’s a kitchen natural.
Honeyed Kiwi-Lime Chicken Salad

The gentle flavors of fresh kiwi and apple come together as a pure palate pleasure in this mild chicken salad. It’s quick, simple, and easy to whip up the evening before a school lunch is to be toted. Just make sure you don’t add the kiwi and apples until the morning to keep the fruit from wilting overnight. Get your kids involved with preparing their own lunch by inviting them to spoon the chicken salad atop croissants or hawaiian sweet rolls. But, don’t let the child-friendly nature of this dish fool you. It’s just as friendly with grown-ups. Whether you pack it in a lunch box or serve it at a swanky dinner party, you’re sure to be delighted with this dish.
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 T. honey
1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
1/2 T. diced basil, mint OR cilantro
Dash of nutmeg
Juice and Zest of 1 lime
1/2 c. fuji apple, finely diced
2 Zespri green kiwifruits, diced
12.5 oz can chunk chicken breast, drained
1/4 c. chopped almonds or walnuts
In a large bowl, combine first six ingredients. Add all other ingredients to bowl, then stir to coat the chicken and fruit. Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.