hehe I already posted this in the Veggie thread, but I will repost it here!
Thanks for starting this thread, I had thought about doing this too! (a salad thread!)
This is my ALL time favorite Salad to take to Potlucks. I grew up with the full "fat" version of this, and since trying to lose weight had tried and tried to get the "dressing" part correct, as the full "fat" version is just Maricle Whip, but if you try to use fat free Maricle Whip by it self on this, it doesn't spread at all well, and it just doesn't taste the same! But, smarty pants JoAnna figured out how to do it! Mixing the fat free mayo, with fat free sour cream and splenda did the trick! It taste JUST like the real one I grew up with! In fact I took it to a TOPS meeting, and one of the women knew the exact salad I spoke of when I explained this one. And she begged me NO don't bring the "fat free" version, bring the real one. I said no, it's a TOPS meeting and I'm bringing the healthy one! She said it wouldn't taste the same with the fat free stuff. Well, let's just say she loved it and ate a few helpings and couldn't tell the difference!
I also do a few adjustments to this to make it my own! lol I ALWAYS add a can of sliced water chestnuts as that was in my families original recipe, and I just love the extra crunch, and again this adds hardly any calories!
I sometimes add cucs and tomatoes too. However, if you add cucs and tomatoes make this the day of the potluck, NOT before.
It will hold up fine making it the day before if you do NOT use cucs or tomatoes. And make as the recipe says, (and even add water chestnuts! lol).
My other trick I did at the last family picnic was "fried" my own turkey bacon for the bacon bits. As my family almost always for "special" occassions made our own bacon bits for this salad and only used premade ones for when we made this salad for every day family meals. I also made my own last time because there was going to be family there that don't eat pork, and there is no turkey bacon bits on the market! lol Well, I loved it so much, I think this will be the only way I make this salad from now on! With Turkey bacon made into "bits".
A couple of more tips just from making this through the years, since I was like 6 years old.
IF you do use tomatoes and cucs, be sure to decorate the top with Tomato roses made from tomato skins, and leaves made from cuc skins. The people will love it! (I find seedless cucs, and roma tomatoes easiest to makes these decors with!)
And if you have a extra large crowd to feed, add more of the lettuce and veggies, and serve this in a HUGE brandy glass. You will get lots of oohs and awes...
For my mom and step dad's wedding they served the family's version of this in individual small brandy glasses as well and it was very pretty! Would be great for showers as well!
Layered Party Pea Salad
JoAnna M. Lund
Peas have their special sweetness before anything is added to serve them. Maybe that's why I chose to combine them with piquant bits of tangy Swiss cheese and bacon, to make what's already good glorious!
2 1/2 cups finely shredded lettuce
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup purchased real bacon bits
1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
2 tablespoons SPLENDA Granular
6 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat Chedder cheese
6 tablespoons shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
Evenly arrange lettuce in an 8-by-8-inch glass dish. Layer onion, peas, and bacon bits evenly over lettuce. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and SPLENDA. Carefully spread dressing mixture over top. Evenly sprinkle shredded Chedder and mozzarella cheese over dressing mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Divide into 6 servings.
Each serving equals:
HE: 1/2 Protein, 1/2 Vegetable, 1/2 Bread, 1/4 Slider, 17 Optional Calories
108 Calories, 4gm Fat, 8gm Protein, 10gm Carbohydrate,
464mg Sodium, 115mg Calcium, 2gm fiber
DIABETIC: 1 Starch, 1/2 Protein, 1/2 Vegetable
"Cooking Healthy with Splenda, pg. 59."
| current weight: 185.0