oh, thanks pf. sorry zee, i'm dense like that sometimes.
here you have barefoot contessa's chicken salad recipe. it is very close to the one i was desperately seeking with my thread.
to her recipe, i am adding: a few squirts of lemon juice to the mayo, some minced red onion and nuts--either walnuts or slivered almonds. thanks again everybody, for helping me with my supper plans for tonight.:-) Barefoot Contessa - Recipes - Chicken Salad Veronique
I add wild rice, green onions, and use toasted slivered almonds. Didn't know it would have a name.