Monday, January 2, 2012

Banana Salad

When I married my husband, David, I knew nothing about Banana Salad. But he loves it and his mother taught me to make it. It has become a favorite of mine as well. It goes with so many meals. It is sort of the stand by salad at our house. Everyone loves it. How many times I have thought, "Hey, Banana Salad would be great with this meal!" and then been disappointed because I didn't have a banana.

You might think it unusual, but it doesn't seem unusual to me at all. Well, not any more anyway. =)  Try it for dinner. My guess is it'll become a favorite at your house.

It is as simple to make as it is delicious.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
Tear some lettuce in bite sized pieces. Slice a banana.
Pour on the dressing, stir, and serve!
Banana Salad

6 C. torn Iceberg lettuce
2 bananas
2/3 C. salad dressing (Miracle Whip)
6 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. celery seed
1/8 tsp. celery salt
Place torn lettuce in a large bowl. Slice bananas and arrange over salad. In a small bowl, combine salad dressing, milk, vinegar, sugar, celery seed and celery salt. Whisk until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour over salad and mix well. Serve immediately. 6 servings.

David says, "I don’t recall having a “favorite” meal growing up.  Just about everything my mother put on the table was delicious and I never had to worry that dinner might be something I was going to dread.  She made liver about once every 2-3 years, as if to give our tastebuds one more chance to overhaul their preferences.  Even on those rare occasions, thankfully she always served a full meal, and there were plenty of other flavors to drown out the pasty, nasty liver.  When I was a newlywed, I once asked my wife Deanna – the second dream cook of my life – if she would make a banana salad.  She had never heard of such a thing, and I directed her to my mother.  Such a simple but yummy side that complements just about any meal.  Deanna loved it immediately and serves it to our family quite often.  Every time I eat Banana Salad, I’m reminded of my mother’s tasty repertoire and her consistent diligence of putting a delicious, well-rounded meal on the table so we could enjoy dinner as a family every evening."
~David Buxton, Pleasant Grove, Utah

This recipe is found in the Worldwide Ward Mom's Best Recipes Cookbook.

1 comment:

jamie bennett said...

My father loves this around holidays. But i just use sugar milk and miracle whip.bananas and lettuce.yummy.

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