Cold Overnight Salad: Remedy for a Hot Day

Dear toasted, roasted, baked and burned, 

It’s Throwback Thursday!  Time to share another hot post from the historic bloghouse. When I originally shared this family favorite on May 10, 2012 (I’m starting to drool just writing this, and literally changed my dinner plans for tomorrow so I can make this recipe), the post shocked and startled me by blasting to the top slot on the blog in just a few days, overriding popular posts that had been up for months of repins and shares!  The anecdote makes the recipe even more precious to me … 

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Dear gardeners and market-scouters,

As the CSA season for Virginia gears up, and the farmer’s markets are all beginning to carry bounties of fresh produce – it is time to start looking at some of my favorite salads!

Nothing beats a cold, crisp salad on a hot evening.  Served with some iced lemonade, and maybe a loaf of sourdough bread – what could be better?

My uncle, a renowned doctor in the allergy world, loves to create and serve fabulous meals for family gatherings.  It is always a joy to attend meals at his home.  As a scientist, he intimately understands the chemistry and interactions of food on a molecular level and his cooking is enhanced by this knowledge.  The following recipe is a very simple one that he gave to me, handwritten on a sheet of paper, after I begged for it one Christmas Eve.  When I asked him for it, he shrugged and said, “It’s just a salad, you know.”  But I had to recreate the experience for myself … and I have never been disappointed!

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Cold Overnight Salad

Download the Overnight Salad recipe here

When Dr Uncle serves this at family gatherings, I head straight for it and eat about four servings … This salad also makes a phenomenal meal if you serve it on top of a steaming, broken-open baked potato.   

1 medium head lettuce – washed and chilled
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 8 oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained
Optional: 1/2 bell pepper, seeded & sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 package frozen peas
3/4 lb bacon, cooked crisp & drained
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
2 tomatoes
Mix together: 
2 cups mayonnaise, preferably homemade (or, 1-1/2 c mayo and 2/3 c sour cream)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Chop lettuce into bottom of 4-quart dish.  Layer: green onions, then water chestnuts, then green peppers and celery, then still-frozen peas.  Spread the top of this strata with the mayonnaise mixture.  Top with the bacon and eggs.  Cover and refrigerate overnight or for several hours (or you can eat it right away if you are as impatient as I).  Top with tomatoes, coarsely chopped.

Serve as a stand-alone dish, or on top of a large baked potato, split open and fluffed with a fork.

Download the Overnight Salad recipe here

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Layers of goodness, 

Mrs H
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One thought on “Cold Overnight Salad: Remedy for a Hot Day

  1. Pingback: Chopped Late-Summer Salad: eating has rarely been this good | Farm and Hearth

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