Monday, June 11, 2007

Cold salad suppers

No one wanted this vintage salad platter from my husband's grandmother. I loved it!

His grandma was the master of the cold salad supper. She had two hobnail glass bowls--one held potato salad with oval slices of egg; the other, a creamy white chicken salad. In between, she'd place a beautiful platter of sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves, and red onion slices. A separate relish dish held pickles--dill, sweet cornichons, and perhaps even beets. A fourth dish contained an odd, pink aspic called Asheville Salad. I hated it at first, but soon I was adding a square to my plate like everyone else. Its creamy tomato smoothness is punctuated by diced peppers and celery.

This cold supper buffet was the ideal welcome for road-weary guests. It could be made entirely in advance, and it was frugal, too. The leftovers made re-appearances as sandwiches and snacks. She really spoiled us for McDonald's on the way home.

8 comments:

Mrs. G said...

I can't imagine any one not wanting that darling plate :)

and what good memories...

Anonymous said...

What a pretty plate. I have several pieces that came from my dear mother in law. We lost her just 2 months ago and I miss her so much. She was a wonderful cook. I wish I had a little of her talent. She always set a beautiful table with beautiful glass ware.

I love your blog. Thanks for your up-dates. Roxie

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Honey said...

Meredith, this warms my heart reminding me of losing two Great-Grandmother's last year. I try to give my children the treasure of their memory. :)

I also got on here to tell you a funny story you'll appreciate. Remember your unwrapped soap idea? I tried it. 5 bars of Lever 2000 unwrapped in a pretty tin sitting, unfortunately, on the back of the toilet tank. My son closed the lid, and I heard a loud splash...
So I haven't gotten to test out the dried soap theory. Next time I will put the soap somewhere else. ;)

Lynn Marie said...

I like the plate and the idea of a cold salad supper. On hot summer days, it's the best thing. I have old dinner plates from my MIL who I never met (she died when my husband was 10) I love eating off those plates, it makes me feel close to the woman who gave so much to my husband in the short time she was here.

Anonymous said...

Our odd family salad recipe is called Coca-cola salad--black cherry jello, cream cheese, pineapple, pecans, canned cherries, and coke. It tastes better than it looks. I make it for major holidays, along with a Blackberry Jam Cake (another of my grandmother's recipes). Cooking these old dishes brings back so many childhood memories. Enjoy your salad plate! Miss Kris

Alison said...

Yum, sounds like a good meal for a playgroup lunch too, when I want to just chat with my friends and watch the kids play.

Jan said...

Reading about her potato salad reminded me of my daddy's recipe. He made whipped potato salad, and used a unique garnish. He peeled a boiled egg, then carefully sliced the white part into five pieces, like flower petals, centered by the whole yolk. He then used red pimento slices and slender pickle spears to fill in the spaces between the petals, so that the potato salad seemed to be topped with a colorful flower.