Deadline Dishes — Garden Chicken Salad with Lynn Crandall


Today I have fellow Crimson Romance author Lynn Crandall here to share one of her delicious recipes! And just in time for summer picnics too. Yum. Thanks for being here, Lynn!

Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don’t back down. She hopes that readers discover, over and over, stories of ordinary people who face ordinary life challenges and are transformed by extraordinary love.

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This salad makes a perfect main course dish for warm weather, served with fruit and bread. But it’s also a great side. The dish has gone with me to many potlucks and been a main attraction for family meals. My family tries to eat healthy. I’m not sure if this salad qualifies as healthy, but it’s light and has vegetables in it!

Garden Chicken Pasta Salad


  • 3 cups rotini pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups broccoli flowerets, raw or cooked
  • 1 ½ cups ranch dressing
  • 2 cups (or more if you like) cooked chicken breast, cubed
  • Dash of Mrs. Dash onion and herb

Toss all ingredients and refrigerate. Serve cold.

Get creative and add a variety of ingredients to your liking. Try chopped pepper, slivered onion, sliced purple grapes, diced apple.


The presence of a ghost in her life doesn’t alarm Lacy Aegar, in fact it makes her happy. Two and a half years ago when her dead husband Nicholas reappeared in her life as a full-bodied spirit, she questioned her sanity. But with Nicholas’ explanation that there are things about life that are not as she’s always believed, she settled into a pleasant routine of working with her sister at their private investigation business and enjoying home life with her now 10-year-old son – with Nicholas never very far away.

Lacey’s complacency and sense of stability is sent topsy-turvy when she runs into Jackson Carter, the son of powerful and influential business tycoon, William Carter. Typical of the Carter reputation, Jackson’s slick new private investigating business is siphoning off clients from the Aegar sisters’ business, creating financial difficulty. It’s a recurring nightmare for Lacey, who has already seen damage done by the Carter family, and when she encounters Jackson, she wants nothing to do with him.

But things are not what they seem when it comes to Jackson Carter, either. Unbeknownst to Lacey and her sister, Jackson is fighting a battle to preserve his business, too, and his integrity. For him, it’s a fight for his soul, and he enlists Lacey’s help because of her unique investigative skills and open heart. When she uncovers a mole in his business, she also discovers that one of his clients’ drug trials has been given the green light to go to the next phase based on falsified data. As they work together to save both their businesses, Jackson and Lacey not only face death, they must come to grips with their feelings about love and life.

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  1. lynncrandallwriter says:

    Thanks Heather! What a fun idea!

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