We wanted it to be hearty enough to pass for dinner, so we made sure we included toppings that were filling and hearty– protein and carbs along with typical vegetable toppings and fruit. Some of our protein toppings included shredded chicken, bacon, cheese and nuts. (could also use hard boiled eggs and beans.) For carbs, we included whole-wheat mini bow-tie pasta noodles, and served bread along with the salad.
So how to do this without slaving over a stove/oven?
Here is what you do:
~Make a grocery list of salad toppings (the ones we used are listed below)
~Go to Wal-mart, buy ingredients for toppings.
~Stop by Sam’s Club (which is usually right next door to Wal-mart) and pick up a few Rotisserie Chickens and their Spring Salad Mix.
~Swing by Panera Bread (or any bread store/bakery), and pick up a few loaves of Asiago Cheese Bread.
~Hit your local dollar store for paper products.
*I went to the dollar tree and found clear, hard plastic bowls that were the perfect size for our toppings. I knew all the colors of the vegetables and toppings we used would make art on the buffet bar if we used clear bowls. They also had large, clear hard plastic bowls, so I bought 3. One for punch, one for the spring salad mix, and one to hold sliced bread.
I was delighted that they had small, clear serving tongs, 4/$1.00! They also had a punch ladle and small, clear punch cups. I found little coffee stirrer type straws, they were blue and white (matched our shower colors) and were the perfect size for the punch cups.
Once you have all your supplies, it is just a matter of chopping and putting the toppings into Ziplocs until ready to use. We kept chopping to a minimum by buying veggies that were conveniently packaged, for example-shredded carrots, grape tomatoes, shredded cheese, heat and serve bacon. Convenience was the way to go to keep it simple enough to get it all done and enjoy my sister!
Hearty, Healthy & Delicious Salad Bar With A Trio Of Salad Dressings
Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Cute Cupcake Toppers
Lemon Refresher Punch-I may be posting about this, gotta find out if it is a “secret” family recipe or not:)
That’s it! Simple, Simple, Simple.
The Lemon Refresher and Cupcakes can both be made the night before, which again, helps with simplifying. We were going to make homemade dressings, but then decided to buy it instead. We stood in front of the dressing aisle, a bit stunned by all the different types of salad dressings. We choose Briannas Fine Salad Dressings, mostly because the bottles were pretty:) but also because they had 3 different types that we thought would suit most tastes. We got Poppy Seed (my favorite and the most popular of the evening), Blush Wine Vinaigrette, and Caesar.
I will be doing this often, whether it is for a ladies luncheon, a bridal or baby shower, or just having another couple over-it would work well in many situations. I do love to cook and bake, but sometimes it is just nice to just have a break and keep the oven off!
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