Ferris Wheel Chicken Salad

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

From my State Fair of Texas Prize winning recipes cookbook, September 1990. I'm a simple person. I only go to the State Fair to tour food hall exhibits, drink warm beer & eat funnel cake. Then I'm through. DH, on the other hand, likes to experience life extremely from atop large whirly things. He shamed me ( had the nerve to call me chicken!) into riding the tallest Ferris Wheel in North America, the 212 foot Texas Star. After standing in line for 3 days, we boarded the monster along with his brother & wife. And off we go. WHEEEEEE ... After 1/4 revolution (maybe less), I hit my panic quotient. Rather than making a screaming scene, I casually slipped down to the floor of the car, curled into the fetal position & perused my newly acquired cookbook; a real feat with closed eyes. Every now & again, I might have moaned softly but I'm sure they all thought I was really into some great sounding recipe; not afraid or anything. During the 2 weeks we spent suspended at the top awaiting our turn to disembark, I was enticed by "Oh, look at that view". Snakelike, I slithered up on the seat, saw Las Vegas & promptly swooned back to the floor where I rationally inserted SIL's ankle into my mouth as a bite block just in case I went into convulsions. (It might have been downtown Dallas that I saw but I'm pretty sure it was LV because I think I saw the sun glint off Wayne Newton's teeth.) I'm quite positive that no one was the slightest bit suspicious when, at ground level once again, I was pulled from the car & carried off fireman style. Bet he never calls me chicken again! I showed him the strong stuff I'm made of!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a jar with a tight fitting lid, combine olive oil, lime juice, cumin & garlic. Cap jar & whirl it around, like a ferris wheel, till well mixed. Or use a more traditional method and shake till combined (the jar, I mean).
  2. Combine cilantro, tomatoes, onion & chicken in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour the whirled dressing over & toss to coat.
  4. Spoon into nice, green (kind of the color of my face on a tall whirly thing) avocado halves & serve immediately.
  5. Makes 6 single servings.
  6. Cooks notes: Cook time does not include getting the chicken to the shredding phase.


Most Helpful

I haven't made the salad yet, but I too, am giving it 5 stars for the story! Thanks for making me LOL and make tears run down my face!!

Meekocu2 August 08, 2011

I haven't tried the recipe yet but it sounds great. I am giving 5 stars for making me laugh out loud at work. This was too funny.......now I can show my friends and family your story so they won't try to trick me on that monster wheel at the State Fair.

Equusjoy July 21, 2008

Very good and easy to make. It makes a nice lunch for me with more leftover for another day. I added a little chili powder as well. I also enjoyed the story!

Lainey6605 January 15, 2008

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