Toss Me a Salad

Salad Book

Salad Book
Better Homes and Gardens
1969

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.

Mary

salad back cover

fruit mols

frozen salads

green olives in a salad

ham and cabbage molds

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16 comments

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

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    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.

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

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  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.

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  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.

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    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.

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

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

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  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.

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  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.

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

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