Posted by: Deana | April 17, 2008

Spuds Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

Spud’s Salad has nothing to do with potatoes; lets just get that straight from the beginning. Spud’s was the name of the pizza parlor where Mom and Dad first had this salad. It was near the pool where they worked for several summers in high school/college.

They bought these salads for dinner sometimes when my siblings and I were young; they were huge, so we’d get them to go and then split them up at home. Spud’s also had milk shakes and pop (sorry, Z) that came in cups with athletes printed around the outside, different poses from different sports, and I think each was a different color – which, of course, made whatever beverage was in the cup more fun to drink. I think we used to split the shakes, and we never wanted to be the one whose half of the shake ended up in a boring cup from the cupboard. The dramas and anxieties of childhood.

Back to the salad. Spud’s is gone now, but Mom figured out how to re-create it wonderfully!. This may be Z and my favorite salad-for-dinner salad. And it’s at its best when it has the homemade thousand island dressing on it. Build each salad on a dinner plate in this order (and if you don’t like something, leave it off!):

  • iceberg lettuce, shredded, chopped, or otherwise torn into smallish pieces
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded – this is key, it makes the salad so yummy that I even put a little bit on my salad last night and took a lactaid, it was worth it.
  • Canadian bacon
  • pepperoni
  • tomatoes, cut into medium to largish sized pieces
  • olives, sliced or chopped
  • shrimp, sautéed in butter with salt and pepper and Z can’t resist some garlic powder too.

Last night I cooked an extra egg when I was cooking the egg for the dressing and sliced it and added it to the salad also.

Top it off with homemade thousand island dressing. (For the record, I don’t really care for Thousand Island dressing, but this stuff I love! This is another recipe for which we always have the ingredients on hand.) Combine:

  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • ¼ c. chili sauce
  • ¼ c. sweet relish
  • 1 hard boiled egg, chopped
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • olives, chopped (optional)
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