Toss Me a Salad

Salad Book

Salad Book
Better Homes and Gardens

So I am thinking that a salad is some greens with a few colorful veggies thrown in. Throw in some ranch dressing, a few croutons, and you are good to go. Then you have salad as defined by Better Homes and Gardens, circa late 1960s. However, looking at these recipes, I guess I missed such treats such as Pineapple Mint Freeze (That is the frozen loaf mold with the mint leaf garnish on the third picture below).  I was almost ready to go with the turkey mushroom dish, but the green olive eyeball look, kind of ruined it for me. I find it a bit amusing that very few of these recipes actually contain lettuce. It was a truly groovy time back then.


salad back cover

fruit mols

frozen salads

green olives in a salad

ham and cabbage molds


  1. “Enchant guests with crunchy Ham-cabbage molds. They’re sure to ask for the recipe.” I don’t think so…

    1. They might ask for the recipe, hoping you’ll hand over the card so they can tear it up and sweep all knowledge of it from the face of the earth.

      1. Or they might need the recipe at the hospital later, so they can find an antidote.

  2. Potato salad doesn’t usually have greens in it. And it’s still an inexplicable staple at picnics where it can go bad from being left in the sun all day.

  3. In the Midwest, “salad” continues to refer to dishes that contain Jello gelatin, Cool-Whip, mayonnaise, or marshmallows…and little to no vegetable matter. Confused my husband quite a bit when we ate what he considered dessert along side the meal at my parents and grandparents homes. Thankfully, savory gelatin dishes did fall out of fashion. I’ve never seen a tuna or ham aspic in person…though my grade school cafeteria in the ’90s made lime jello squares with shredded cabbage inside and mayo on top. Looked like whipped cream-topped Jello, surprise it’s mayo and cabbage, yuck.

    1. My grandmother, a New Englander born and raised, made that kind of cabbage thing. Also fruit in cute aluminum jello molds (gee, I wonder if I have those molds somewhere? I got the contents of her house in 1997 when she moved to assisted living at 104), but we kids knew it was mayonnaise and we didn’t mind.

      But I think that a definition of salad that does not include vegetables is weird. Side dish, maybe, but not salad.

      Although, what about egg salad or chicken salad sandwiches? Hmm.

  4. The cover of the book appears to be using a black bar to protect the identity of one of the radishes.

  5. I missed the part about pineapple in the “[…] mint freeze” and thought of that ludicrous Brittish tabloid toothpaste dinner mint.

  6. I used to work for a blind lady reading cookbooks to her and we came across a vintage salad one. It quickly became less about the recipes and more about the gross factor.

  7. Nana always served tomato aspic with dinner…bleagh. However, my Mom makes a jellied cranberry mold with pieces of pineapple and walnuts, and it’s actually quite delicious, as well as being festive and fancy looking (she uses a star shaped mold). Much better than whatever that pale green loafy thing is up above.

  8. Almost anything was a “salad” back then. Aspic, Jello, mayonnaise, olives, tuna… you name it.

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