Start with a salad of smoked salmon and watercress. Try to buy the commercial bagged watercress that already has been cleaned to speed things along, or you may substitute other mixed salad greens. (I like to make sure there are some bitter ones, such as radicchio and arugula, along with milder greens, such as butter lettuce or baby spinach.) Also, because this is such a simple salad, all the ingredients should be top-quality. So spring for the best smoked salmon you can find.

Start with a salad of smoked salmon and watercress. Try to buy the commercial bagged watercress that already has been cleaned to speed things along, or you may substitute other mixed salad greens. (I like to make sure there are some bitter ones, such as radicchio and arugula, along with milder greens, such as butter lettuce or baby spinach.) Also, because this is such a simple salad, all the ingredients should be top-quality. So spring for the best smoked salmon you can find.

Choose a pretty pasta – bow tie, penne or rotini. That ‘s half the fun in making this salad. A nice Italian dressing adds plenty of zip, and the only thing left is tossing in the chicken, green onions, olives and a few cucumbers.

Choose a pretty pasta – bow tie, penne or rotini. That ‘s half the fun in making this salad. A nice Italian dressing adds plenty of zip, and the only thing left is tossing in the chicken, green onions, olives and a few cucumbers.