I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts. I have been going back and looking at them. It’s been fun. I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW. Over Ten years. I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about the salads that I was making for my nieces shower in July of 2010.
I’m known in my family as the food maker. If anyone has any event, bridal shower, graduation, party…I always offer to make food. It’s not that I’m an amazing cook, it’s more that I have good easy standard recipes that have become family favorites…and I don’t mind cooking.
Our family doesn’t mind salads but I often don’t make them as we can’t eat a whole batch at one sitting and salads don’t always make the best leftovers…thus, I love making them for special for occasions.
…a favorite of mine is Broccoli Cauliflower Salad.
Here’s the recipe:
1 bunch of broccoli chopped
1/2 head cauliflower chopped
1/2 c raisins
1/2 purple onion chopped
8 slices of bacon cooked crisp, crumbled
1/4 c sunflower seeds
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
3 T vinegar
Mix the dressing and pour over the other ingredients. Keep will for a day or so.
I have a HUGE love of salty things and with the bacon and sunflower seeds, this salad fits the bill. I try to watch my carbs and for me, this is better than most non-lettuce salads.
The other recipe I often make is this….
Cookie Salad….I had to laugh. In the comments blog reader Deb wrote: “How is this a SALAD?”
The word “salad” isn’t synonymous with healthy. “Salad” to mean means you might find it on a salad bar.
This “salad” is all the things that make it really more of a dessert and that’s probably why it’s one of the most requested “salads” that I make. I never have leftovers of this…NEVER.
Here’s the recipe.
1 cup buttermilk (If I don’t have it, I mix one cup of skim with 2 T vinegar…it tastes richer with the buttermilk though)
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
2 c Cool Whip-I often add more than this.
1 package of fudge stripe cookies (I use the generic)
Mix the buttermilk and pudding. Add the Cool Whip and cookies that are broken into small pieces-bit sized, not crushed. Chill.
How easy is that! If you think ahead, you can save a couple cookies, break them in half and use as a garnish. Another tip…if you are going to be busy the day you need the salad, break up the cookies in advance and store in a ziplock bag. This salad does not do well as a left-over. Make it the day you need it.
This is a standard salad that I make for graduation or other big events. It’s easily double, tripled or even quadrupled.
I catered all of our kids’ graduation parties. I always made this salad as it’s always a hit.
In the comments of the original post a blog reader said she makes this recipe and adds drained mandarin oranges…Hmm. I had not heard of that before.
Potato Salad (Find that recipe HERE) is my other “go-to” salad recipe…as is Ring Macaroni Salad , Big Mac Salad (Find recipe HERE), Tomato Cucumber Salad (Find that HERE) and Frog Eye Salad (Find that HERE)
Other than those, we’re pretty much a salad free family. I know, it’s sad…but it’s summer now and many of those salads I’ve been busy making as we eat a little lighter.
Curious minds want to know…what is your go to salad?? Feel free to share a recipe as obviously, I need more salads in my recipe arsenal.