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need salad ideas for a 50's Sock Hop theme event

Old 05-01-2017, 10:35 AM
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At church the ladies are having a gathering on the 20th of May. The theme is 'sock hop' and they are serving hamburgers, hot dogs and chips, to about 100. We are signing up for salads or desserts to go with those foods, I am under salads.

My question is, what would you make as a salad that would be from the 1950 era. I prefer to make/take something healthy as that is how I eat. I do not eat any of the Jello vegetable salads so they are really OUT of the question.

Any inspiration is most welcomed so I can make my plans and do some testing before hand if needed.
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*** When I was in school the lunchroom made green congeal salad with shredded carrots.
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You said no to jello salads - but my Mom would once in a while make this:

Lemon jello
Finely shredded carrots
Crushed pineapple

I really liked it

For a fruity sweet "salad" - she made something called "glorified rice"
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Old 05-01-2017, 11:17 AM
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Broccili, onions, bacon, raisins, and sunflower seeds with a dressing of vinegar, hellman's mayo, and sugar

It goes by many names - I was introduced to it as "Woodtick Salad"

Seven layer salad - lettuce, bacon, peas, mayonnaise - I don't know what else - because I have never made it.
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My mother made us potato salad when we were children so I know that one was around in 1950. A well made potato salad goes great with hamburgers. I always toss my potatoes in a 2 Tbs. of mustard when they are drained but warm. It really adds to the flavor of the finished potato salad.
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Waldorf salad was always a big favorite back then.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:41 PM
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I know a number of church gals make great potato salads, I do not use/eat white potatoes. There will be a number of them for sure. Yesterday at potluck there were 2-3 pasta salads, I do not eat the wheat stuff.

The broccoli salad would be a good one, have never heard it called Woodtick salad, funny name but good.

jbj137, I remember that green jello but do not know who actually ate it.

bearisgray, the jello salad might taste better if there was more pineapple than carrot. I like both of them but not together and in jello.

Have some time to make a final decision, the search goes on.
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I reeeeeaaaaalllly like the broccoli salad. It is also good without the bacon. Better with - but okay without the bacon.
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Do you have access to the "church cookbooks" that were published in that time frame? They might give you some ideas of what was popular then.

Or cookbooks that were published in that time frame.
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Cabbage Salad and Cole Slaw were definitely 50s salads too ... but probably you don't like them either.
No reason you have to put the carrot in with the pineapple for a jellied salad.
Pineapple with lime jello, is a nice combo.
Another popular at the time, more so with the adults than the kids at a sock hop was Tomato Aspic.


However, we get the message, that you don't do these salads,
therefore, maybe it would be better to tell the organizers
and ask to be switched to a different food item.
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