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Fresh Salad Recipes
During the summer months it seems that entertaining and meals are mush more casual. People like to organize barbeques for family and neighborhood gatherings. Summer time is when I pull out my salad recipes and create fresh light dishes. At the beginning of the summer several of us that live on the block decided that we would have a neighborhood get together at the end of August. We set the date and passed the word. We decided that we would get together closer to the date and come up with a menu.
Three weeks prior to the get together those of us that were organizing the event got together. I asked the other four women over to our house for a planning luncheon. I made three of my favorite salad recipes to serve along with fresh bread and wine. We spent the lunch time catching up with each other on what we had done thus far in the summer. The women all liked the food and asked for my salad recipes. As I was looking up the recipes one of the women suggested that we should have a salad bar as a theme for the barbeque. We could have grills going for hamburgers and hotdogs and then have a variety of salads to go along with the meat. This sounded like a great idea to all of us. We would ask each of the neighbors to make their favorite salad recipes and to bring hamburgers or hot dogs for their family. Everyone would bring what they wanted to drink.
The neighbor that lives in the middle of the block has a large yard and a nice beach area for swimming. She said that the barbeque could be in their yard. We live fairly close so we would carry over extra picnic tables and chairs. We set out a goodwill basket to cover the cost of plates, napkins and silverware and any money that is left over is donated to a local charity. We printed up flyers asking the neighbors to make their favorite salad recipes and placed them in everyone’s mailboxes.
The day of the neighborhood barbeque was perfect weather. We placed ice in shallow children’s swimming pools to serve the salads in. We had a wide variety of delicious dishes. We laughed that we should print a cookbook of salad recipes because we were exchanging recipes with each other most of the afternoon. It was a great event and we had over a hundred dollars to donate to the local food shelf from the goodwill basket. We have decided that we will have the salad bar barbeque be an annual event.
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