Some lovely elderly ladies invited me to their Christmas Luncheon; this was the menu:
Tuna salad on lettuce leaf with rye cocktail bread
Celery sticks & onion soup mix dip
Red jello with chopped apples and celery
Green jello a la sour cream and canned pineapple
Red jello with cinnamon red candies and applesauce
Green jello a la canned fruit cocktail
And a fabulous assortment of homemade Christmas cookies: From Santa’s Thumbprints and Church Windows to White Chocolate Cranberry Jumbles and fudge in dainty little paper candy cups.
I wish I had worn a vintage 1960’s-style dress and white cotton gloves…as I would have fit right in with the retro menu.
Now don’t get me wrong, once a year, four flavors of red and green jello can be a perfect accompaniment to a vintage-style luncheon. (My three little girls who accompanied me to the Ladies Lunch certainly thought so; and that was only partially because they were in Jello Heaven – also, the dear ladies treated them like princesses!)
But I left the luncheon craving a bit more crunch – than a few shards of celery.
There are lots of reasons not to forget the VEGETABLE salads – as opposed to the Jello salad variety – on holiday party tables:
- First and foremost, for a well balanced menu, vinegary/citrusy dressings help cut through the richness of other dishes and helps cleanse your palate so that the last bite tastes (almost) as good as the first.
- Folks looking to not gain 5 pounds during the holidays will thank you for a big beautiful, minimally dressed salad – or lots of veggies with dressing on the side.
- Cold and flu season has begun; stock up on disease-fighting antioxidants from fruits and vegetables.
- Brighten and lighten your holiday table with colorful produce – as some side dishes and meaty proteins tend to be drab in color.
I created this salad from a few things I had in my fridge – with a Christmas theme in mind; the beets are ‘red,’ the spinach green and the apple centers are stars.
Here are a few more of my favorite salads that would shine on any holiday table:
Mexican Three Bean Salad – Meme @ Living Well Kitchen
Kale & Purple Cabbage Salad – Sandra @ Meadows Cooks
Cauliflower Farro Salad – Meal Makeover Moms
Romaine, Roasted Pepper and Grape Salad – Diane @ Cape Fear Nutrition