The temperature has risen in a big way here, hence I’m not too keen on turning on my oven. So that means salads. Today I am gonna crack open a volume from my collection that I haven’t yet featured: the 1984 edition of Better Homes & Gardens All-Time Favorite Salad Recipes. And I can’t believe that it took me so long to bust this one out, because look at the cover!
The cover is great: there is an ice bowl stuffed with what looks to be a Salad Nicoise. And there’s a big, amber, Jell-O salad filled with apple slices and—um, cauliflower? Seriously, how have I not felt compelled to cook something from this one yet?
You can tell that we’ve moved onto the 80s because the photography is less sepia-toned. It’s crisper. Colder. And not just because of the copious amounts of ice on this cover.
And, as an aside. I now really want to learn how to make an ice bowl. It can’t be that hard. Just a bowl with water and then another bowl inside of it. At least that’s how I imagine it would work.
Whatever. This is the salad that I chose to make for myself:
I picked this one because, like Liberace’s Special 15-Minute Eggs, this is what I like to think of as a “single-girl special:” super-simple, can serve one, and I already had all of the ingredients in my fridge. Well, with the exception of the avocado.
Plus, it features bacon. And I love bacon.
But going back to the avocados, are they in season right now? I only ask because they definitely had a shit-ton of them at the Safeway.
And another thing: is an avocado a fruit or a vegetable? I am assuming a fruit because of that big pit and the fact that it grows on a tree. Is that what differentiates a fruit from a vegetable? I think that there were avocado trees in the “Fruit & Spice Room” when I worked at Phipps Conservatory, so I’m going to vote fruit here.