The Cascade Room at The Bon Marche was a favorite lunch stop during shopping trips to the Yakima Mall. It was a wonderful shopping respite, with its white tablecloths, impeccable service, and slightly upscale menu. Mincie would usually order the chicken salad but rarely made it for herself at home. Apparently it was a special treat reserved for shopping trips. When I accompanied her on these trips, I'd often order anything but the chicken salad until I was older and decided to try it for myself. Once I did, I understood why she always ordered it. Sadly, neither the Bon Marche nor the Cascade Room exists anywhere other than in my memory, but the following chicken salad recipe is as close as I've been able to come to their recipe and elicits fond memories.
1/4 cored red apple, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1/8 cup sliced walla walla sweet onion (or other sweet white onion)
3/4 cup cooked chicken
2 Tablespoons walnuts
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
1) Chop apple, onion, chicken, and walnuts into small pieces.
2) Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir until well-blended.
3) Spread on toasted multi-grain bread and enjoy.