A Variety of Salads

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Lightly mix together one pint butter beans (canned or cooked), one cup chopped celery, one tablespoon finely chopped onion, and one tablespoon finely chopped green pepper. Garnish with grated cheese, and serve with French dressing.

Wash one and one-half dozen medium sized prunes. Remove pits and let soak over night. Mix one and one-fourth cups cottage cheese, one-fourth cup chopped hickory nuts, one-fourth teaspoon salt, and a dash of paprika. Stuff prunes with this mixture, place on lettuce leaf and serve with French dressing.

Pick the young tender leaves of the dandelion, wash and lay in ice water for half an hour. Drain, shake dry, and pat still drier between the folds of a napkin. Put into a chilled bowl, cover with a French dressing, turn the greens over and over in this, and send at once to the table.

Mix three teaspoons of cider vinegar with three and one half tablespoons of olive oil, one large pinch of salt, and one tiny pinch each of black pepper and red pepper.

For the salad, have one can pineapple cubed, one pound grapes seeded and cut in half, one-fourth pound pecans, and one-fourth pound marshmallows cut in half.

For the dressing, take the yolks of four eggs, one-half teaspoon mustard, one-half teaspoon salt, the juice of one lemon, and one-half cup of cream. Boil in a double boiler until thick and smooth.

Let the dressing get cold and add one-half pint whipped cream. Pour over and mix thoroughly with the fruit and let stand in the icebox four hours before serving, giving the marshmallows a chance to become creamy. It will come out like a thick fluff.

Fillet some anchovies, cut them into thin strips, and put them on a dish with some shredded lettuce leaves, small radishes, some capers, thin slices of lemon and chopped parsley. Arrange all tastefully, season with lemon juice mixed with olive oil, and garnish with stoned olives and slices of hard boiled eggs.

Cut the ends of tender green beans, string them, cut them either lengthwise, or just break them. Boil until tender, add salt, and drain. Slice an onion very fine, mix with the beans, season with pepper, and another pinch of salt. Pour diluted vinegar over them, and add diced fried bacon quite hot over this mixture.

Chop cold boiled spinach fine, season well with salt, pepper, and a little nutmeg, and mold into small cups. When cold and formed, turn out on lettuce leaves and garnish with hard boiled eggs sliced, or the yolks of hard boiled eggs run through a ricer. Serve with mayonnaise. Strips of Spanish red peppers may be used for garnishing in place of the eggs. The nutmeg can be omitted if distasteful, but most people find it an attractive addition.

Cook two cups of tomatoes for twenty minutes with a slice of onion, one teaspoon salt, and a dash of pepper. Strain and add one tablespoon gelatine, which has already been soaked in cold water. Stir all until the gelatine is entirely dissolved, then pour in a ring mold that has been dipped in cold water. When ready to serve, turn out on a bed of lettuce leaves and fill the center with chopped celery well mixed with mayonnaise.

Have as many hollowed out tomatoes as there are guests to serve and set each in a crisp lettuce leaf. Upon this lay half of an egg that has been deviled, and with this three little silvery sardines. Sprinkle with pieces of green pepper, cut fine, and dress with mayonnaise.

Take equal quantities of cold boiled potatoes and herring, and two or three small onions. Cut the potatoes in cubes, remove bones from the herring, and cut in small pieces. Chop onions and add all together. Let stand on ice till ready to serve. Cover with sweet cream, and season with salt and pepper.

Chop up very fine one-half of a medium sized cabbage head, one stalk of celery, one sweet pepper, and salt to season. Add one-half cup of sugar and enough vinegar to moisten the mixture.

Put one small onion, chopped, in a large bowl. Add one teaspoon salt, one-eighth teaspoon pepper, and one-half cup weak vinegar. Let stand ten minutes. Then slice four cups potatoes while still warm, and mix thoroughly. Add three tablespoons olive oil, four stalks celery cut fine, two slices bacon fried to a crisp and diced, and the bacon fat. Sprinkle all with one tablespoon parsley. Arrange on a bed of lettuce and garnish with beets and hard cooked eggs that have been chopped.

Allow six oysters to each person. Parboil them in their liquid and drain at once. When cool, cut each one in four pieces. Break tender young leaves of lettuce and mix in equal parts with oysters.

Make the following dressing:
Allow one egg to two persons and boil eggs twenty minutes. When cold, cut whites in slices and mix with oysters and lettuce. Mash yolks fine in a deep bowl and add one raw yolk. Stir in some olive oil slowly until you have a smooth paste. Season with lemon juice, English mustard, and salt. Add more oil until the dressing is as thick as cream and pour over the salad.

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Do you eat many salads that aren’t lettuce-based? Please leave a comment below.


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Author: Angela Johnson

I’ve been interested in cooking since I was a teenager. Growing up in a small town in Illinois, I ate many home-cooked meals and tried out recipes (mostly cookies). Wherever I live or travel, I check out grocery stores for unusual foods, eat at local restaurants, and buy regional cookbooks. I’m also fascinated with learning how people in the past lived, and how they obtained food and prepared it.

One thought on “A Variety of Salads”

  1. I am intrigued by several of these but not the ones with fish in them but I’ve never tried that kind of salad so maybe I should. They sure went to a log of trouble with some of the salads and I’m surprised they had the time back when everything was made from scratch. Interesting article and more to it than I expected.

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