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Main Dish Salads - Cheese and Peanut Butter Slaw

Friday, July 13, 2018

It's hot and I didn't feel like cooking tonight so I'm having a big salad.

The roots of this salad go way back to my college days in the mid-70s. A friend had me over to her house for supper before going to a costume party (try explaining bright blue circles on your face when a cop pulls you over after midnight in the snow!) and served a cabbage salad. I don't remember what else she served or what else was in the cabbage salad, but it had hard boiled eggs. Never heard of such a thing. I've been making main dish cabbage salads with eggs ever since.

Over the years it's morphed into cabbage salad with some combination of hard boiled eggs, diced cheese, bacon, ham, or hot dogs. You'll probably see the "recipe" here sometime this summer since it's another of my go-to lunches. At some point I tried putting some peanut butter in the dressing, based on a recipe I saw somewhere. And somewhere I made it with broccoli slaw instead of cabbage. That's what I'm having tonight.

So, here are the ingredients.

broccoli slaw (I like to whirl it for a couple of pulses so the pieces aren't quite so long)
chopped onion (just whirl it with the broccoli)
diced cheddar cheese
mayo
peanut butter
salt and pepper
lemon juice (you want it just a bit tangy)
spenda (you want it just a bit sweet - sweet and tangy)

Put the broccoli, onion and cheese in a big bowl. Mix up everything else in a small bowl and pour it over the salad and mix well.

It would be even better, of course, with some coarsely chopped peanuts, but I didn't have any so didn't put any in today. Bacon is very good in it, too, with the peanut butter. Bacon is very good in just about anything, for that matter, either with or without peanut butter.
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