Strawberry Chicken Salad

An Easy Breezy Summer Strawberry Chicken Salad
(makes 4 meal-sized salads)



I love to make this on steamy summer evenings when I do not want to heat up the kitchen. It’s light, refreshing and nutritious, yet pretty enough for company! Enjoy!






6 cups baby spinach

1 deli rotisserie chicken1 pint strawberries, sliced
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup feta cheese
½ cup dried cranberries

Remove skin from chicken and pull meat from bone, chopping into bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Heat a large fry pan to medium heat. Arrange walnuts in pan and toast lightly, 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When nuts begin to give off an aroma, they are ready. Don’t let them turn brown or they will be burnt! Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, toss spinach with the Honey Balsamic dressing. Arrange greens on salad plates and top with all remaining ingredients. Serve with triangles of moist zucchini bread ( Fresh Market sells a delicious pre-baked one).

Karen Pashley at Writing Desk

Five Principles for Success in Business and in Life

Karen Pashley at Writing DeskWhat I Learned as a Young Entrepreneur

So, it’s graduation season here in Nashville. Congratulatory yard signs dot the manicured yards along suburban streets. Southern chic custom invites have been delivered, and white rented tents are being erected in preparation for the weekend’s grad parties in the more exclusive neighborhoods.

For the grads, it’s finally time to celebrate. Let their hair down. Relax. The majority will go on to college. Most won’t have a clue what they want to do after that. And many will second guess their choices from time to time. Some will venture out into the unknown territory of entrepreneurship. That elusive American dream of being the master of one’s occupational domain.Those brave souls will experience a plethora of emotions. Excitement. Pride. Panic. Exhaustion. Failure. Achievement. They will learn about business, but in the process, they’ll learn even more about themselves.

I’ve been thinking back to my personal experience, which wasn’t the norm “back then”, and would probably be considered career suicide today. But my path taught me lessons that made me who I am today. So I thought I’d share a bit about my untraditional route.

I didn’t graduate from college. Circumstances drove my university plans off the road and into a ditch for a period of time. I’m not suggesting that anyone follow that path. Because times have changed. And a college degree is essential. So stay in school, kids!

Back to my story…

I could have settled for mediocrity. Could have labeled myself as a quitter, a loser.

But the thing was, I never saw myself that way. I knew what I was capable of. I knew I was intelligent and resourceful and obsessively responsible.Continue reading

SIx Steps to Overcoming Shame and Guilt


Shame and guilt can be crippling.

We all have issues. We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t. Some people hold on to memories they should have let go of long ago. Some have experienced awful things that were not their fault, yet they’ve blamed themselves. The good news?

Your past doesn’t have to haunt you.

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Sailing Life's Storms

Sailing on the Storms of Life

Sailing Life's Storms


I’m emerging from a six week writing hiatus.

I didn’t plan for it, didn’t intend for the circumstances of my life to temporarily derail my goals.

You see, I’ve been on a bit of a journey.

We all go on them from time to time. Not a vacation—this was not that kind of journey. Continue reading

Sweet and Sour Chicken


Delicious, restaurant quality Sweet and Sour Chicken

This recipe is absolutely a winner. You won’t believe the flavor you’ll create with the easy-to-prepare sauce. And the chicken…it has that slightly crunchy exterior and super tender inside that will go head to head with any restaurant version you’ve had. If you want to make it more healthy, use coconut oil to saute’ the chicken. Try it…I know you’re gonna love it!Continue reading