Category Archives: Salads

Coleslaw with Peanuts

In her single and child-free years, my friend Martine would invite all of her friends for a nice lunch or dinner. After the meal we’d all take a seat in the living room, where she’d catch up with each of us — one by one, and all at once. These were special times that gave her friends a chance to meet and get acquainted with someone new.

At one of these occasions she served this coleslaw salad and graciously shared the recipe. It probably originated from Lawry’s California Center, where she worked many years ago. The recipe she shared calls for Lawry’s Italian Salad Dressing, made from mix, prepared according to package directions. I have not been able to find that dressing mix, so I substitute with the same amount of seasoned rice vinegar. The result is a light, refreshing, and lower-fat alternative to the typical creamy coleslaw salad. It is especially popular at summer potlucks and barbeques.
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Gommie’s Lemon Jello Salad

My grandmother, whom we called “Gommie”, wrote this recipe on a piece of paper many years ago. Since she didn’t include the name, we’re naming it after her. It may sound like a strange combination of ingredients, but even non-Jello eaters really like this.

Recently, my mom took this to a potluck dinner where lots of fancy dishes were contributed by other ladies. Throughout the meal, Mom heard numerous positive comments about her Jello salad — “MMmmmm… this is SO GOOD!” We’re still laughing! 😀
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Chicken Caesar Salad

I received this recipe from the hostess of a lovely baby shower luncheon I attended. She served it with Broccoli Supreme Casserole. I’ve used the same menu at showers I’ve hosted, with great success.
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Spinach Salad

This recipe was originally from either Aunt Rita or Grandma Agnes. You can prepare the ingredients a day ahead, then toss the salad with the dressing at serving time.
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