Photos by: Gina Crozier (Cornwell); Mark Thomas (salad)
Author Patricia Cornwell airlifts this favorite picnic dish to friends.
I’ve had my pilot’s license for more than 12 years and have flown hundreds of times.
One trip is especially memorable. Close to a decade ago, I woke up early one day, packed a wooden picnic basket, and took off in my helicopter to visit my friend and mentor Ruth Graham
, a childhood neighbor.
I still vividly remember skirting the bare trees to land in the foothills of western North Carolina just to share this favorite dish with Ruth.
Cooking is my way of sharing part of myself. And this salad, which goes perfectly with hot dogs and burgers, is one of my favorites to make for friends. (It also tastes delicious the next day as leftovers.) And if I happen to get hungry when I’m flying, I can always count on this dish to keep me going when I make fuel stops!
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