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Debra
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Colorado Springs, CO
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  3:44:58 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
What do you all make for salads for Thanksgiving dinner? My mom used to make a plethora of salads for Thanksgiving, but of course I didn't pay attention to how they were made! She would make a pistachio salad with marshmallows and other items, a fruit salad, an orange salad, a jello salad.....

We're having dinner elsewhere and I said I'd bring a salad......but I don't know what! I wanted to bring something to go with the turkey and stuffing, maybe a pasta salad? Or a leafy salad? But I really have no idea....

Anyone?
Debra


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JanB27
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  4:04:39 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Debra, I always make a broccoli salad (the recipe calls it Arizona salad). It is crunchy and light, with or without raisins, and everyone always loves it. It is easy to make and to take. Let me know if you want the recipe.

Jan
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Andi
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FL
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  5:31:36 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I usually make a 7-layer salad:

shredded lettuce
tomato
bacon
frozen peas
shredded cheddar cheese
mixture of 50% mayo, 50% sour cream mixed with Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
red onion

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KellyBear
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  5:47:44 PM  Send KellyBear an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Andi, that's what we always have, except we use green onions instead of red onions.

Sometimes my grandmother makes a wilted lettuce salad... I don't know the specifics, I just know I love it.
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KarenSE
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Helen, GA
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Posted - 11/21/2005 :  7:52:49 PM  Visit KarenSE's Homepage  Reply  Reply with Quote
Here is my Mom's holiday jello salad:
Orange Jello Mold

1 lg box Orange Jello
1 cup milk
16 marshmallows
1 8oz cup sour cream
1 cup Cool Whip
˝ cup mayonnaise
1 flat can crushed pineapple, drained
1 small can mandarin oranges, drain

Melt marshmallows in hot milk. Pour over jello and stir until dissolved. Add sour cream, cool whip, and mayonnaise. Stir until well blended. Fold in pineapple and oranges. Pour into a mold or a bowl and chill until set.

and here is the cranberry jello salad she always made for my dad:

Cranberry Salad

˝ bag whole cranberries
˝ cup sugar
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 large box raspberry Jell-O

In a food processor, chop cranberries; mix in ˝ cup sugar and let sit. Mix pkg of Jell-O with 2 cups hot water. Add 2 cups ice cubes and stir until mixture starts to thicken, but don’t let ice completely melt. Remove ice. Add pineapple and oranges to cranberry mixture and mix well. Add above mixture to Jell-O and pour into large dish with a seal. Chill until thickened.

And this one is from my sister-in-law:

Five Cup Salad

1 cup sour cream
1 cup mandarin oranges
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup coconut

Mix all ingredients together. Let stand overnight.


Ihope you like these

Karen in Georgia




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Debra
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Posted - 11/22/2005 :  12:04:48 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
You guys are AWESOME!! Thanks for the ideas!

Jan, I'd love to see the recipe for the Arizona salad! Thanks!

KellyBear, I found a recipe for a wilted spinach salad. Would that be close? *I* love spinach salad, but my boyfriend and kids don't.

Thanks Andi and Karen! I'm printing yours to bring home and see if the family approves......

This is one I found that sounded interesting:

Waldorf Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS:
1 (7 ounce) package small shell pasta
2/3 cup plain yogurt
2/3 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 teaspoons HERB-OX® Chicken Flavored Bouillon Granules
2 cups cubed turkey breast
1 apple, diced
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup halved grapes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. Drain well. In small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, orange juice, and bouillon; mix well. In large bowl, combine pasta and remaining ingredients. Add dressing; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper.


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Jnanne
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Posted - 11/22/2005 :  9:38:08 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
My favorite is my Grandma's Apple Cole Slaw:

roughly shred cabbage--about 3/4 green and 1/4 red
cut apples into slivers--I prefer Granny Smith, but any will do
fresh ground pepper
salad dressing--I guess Miracle Whip would do, but I have found that the cheapest off-brands usually have more of a bite, which I really like in this salad.
bit of sugar--maybe 2 tablespoons
dash of vinegar

I also prefer that it be a bit on the wet side. The crisp cabbage and apples hold up very well for a few days, too, after it is made, so it is one of the few salads that makes great left-overs.

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CDQuiring
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Posted - 11/23/2007 :  12:03:21 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Here is a salad I just made for a funeral

1 pkg. store bought cole slaw
1 can Mandarin oranges
2 bananas
1 lb. can cashews
Krafts coleslaw dressing just enough to mositen it and add flavor.

I always add the bananas at the end. Sometimes also add grapes.

I made a punch bowl full and it was all gone. Everyone really seemed to enjoy it.

Darlene
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HeatherShops
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Lake Placid, NY
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Posted - 12/17/2007 :  5:14:51 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I emailed my mother the cranberry salad recipe from above and it was a smash success. Thanks Karen!
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CDQuiring
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Mountain Lake, Minnesota
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Posted - 12/23/2007 :  5:39:08 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
This is the salad we always make for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

2 packages of fresh cranberries sweetened,cooked and cooled
1 small box soda crackers crushed
2 1-lb. cartons of cool whip

Use a large clear glass bowl and layer it with

crackers
Cranberries
cool whip in that order

You can make about 5-6 layers and top it off with the cool whip. It is delicious

Darlene
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JanJojo
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West Virginia
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Posted - 01/20/2008 :  12:03:32 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
CD!!! What size of box is a small box of soda crackers?
I have a 14 ounce box and was wondering if that is the
right size? Thanks!!!

Janette Johnson
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Bonnie in Burbank
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Posted - 01/20/2008 :  12:34:15 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Janette here in California Nabisco makes an 8oz. 16oz and 32oz. box of saltines.

We still sell Caress soap where I work. I think one of the scents is the original.

We also sell McCormic Schilling banana extract.

Let me know if I can send you either the soap or the extract.

BTW I'm still on the look-out for Love's Baby Spray! Maybe I'll see some at Valentines Day or Easter!

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JanJojo
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West Virginia
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Posted - 01/23/2008 :  7:56:43 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
CD's cranberry salad was made and it is pretty and delicious!!!
It seems to get even more flavorful with age.It was also very
easy to make.
I like experimenting with recipes. I think I may try substituting
cherry pie filling for the cranberries!!!!

Janette Johnson
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CDQuiring
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Mountain Lake, Minnesota
USA
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Posted - 01/30/2008 :  7:17:27 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
I have made this salad with cherry pie filling and it is great. It also looks nice for Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Darlene
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CDQuiring
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Mountain Lake, Minnesota
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Posted - 01/30/2008 :  7:21:00 PM  Reply  Reply with Quote
When we went to Missouri to visit my parents for Christmas someone had given my mother a cranberry salad. We started eating it and it was very tart. I told her to go get some soda crackers and I mixed some in with her salad. She thought I was crazy but it took away all of the tart taste from the cranberries. It was good then. She told me at 85 years old she had learned something new.

Darlene
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Jnanne
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LA
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Posted - 11/21/2012 :  04:58:02 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
This year I am making taboule--bulgar wheat, tomatoes, onions, garlic, artichoke heart, black beans, and carrots with a viniagrette dressing.

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JudyK
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Posted - 11/20/2013 :  12:52:31 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Our favorite is broccoli Salad. It is very easy to make and so good it is addictive. The recipe calls for:

1# Broccoli flowerettes cut into desired sizes

3/4 cup Sunflower seeds

1 1/2 cups Raisins

1 cup Onions chopped

1 cup Bacon fried crisp and crumbled

The sauce:

2 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup Mayonnaise

Mix together and pour over vegetable mixture. Best if made the night before to give flavors a chance to blend.
Personally, I use about half the amount of raisins and only 6-8 slices of bacon, otherwise it just seems to be too much. Make as directed or your choice.


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Jnanne
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LA
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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  08:14:28 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Add some black pepper and that sauce is what I use for cole slaw, so it is easy to imagine how great that will taste. I do believe we will try that soon, unfortunately without the bacon, as we are working on keeping cholesterol down in our house. Now I always use the reduced fat mayo, too, although I prefer to use cheap salad dressing. It has more bite.

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JudyK
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Posted - 11/21/2013 :  12:42:47 PM  Send JudyK an AOL message  Reply  Reply with Quote
Great suggestion Jnanne, I never thought of that. Like you, we also prefer the taste of the cheap salad dressing, but my reason is different than yours in that we find it less pungent in taste compared to the name brands.
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MCBarb
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Posted - 11/22/2013 :  05:15:38 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jnanne

This year I am making taboule--bulgar wheat, tomatoes, onions, garlic, artichoke heart, black beans, and carrots with a viniagrette dressing.

This sounds absolutely delightful and healthy. Thanks so much!! I will try this. What is bulgar wheat?? Can I use couscous?
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Jnanne
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LA
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Posted - 11/22/2013 :  06:39:10 AM  Reply  Reply with Quote
Yes, you can use couscous. If you want to try bulgar wheat, it should be available in the same grocery aisle where you get the couscous. Or you can buy it in a box. Near East brand makes taboule wheat salad and couscous. Most stores that carry he brand put them pretty close together on the shelf. Check out the ingredients. Generally if it says it is "plain" on the front of the box it only contains the grain and has a recipe on the back that gives suggestions about what to add.

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