September 13, 2015

#SundaySupper Grandma's Greek Salad

Happy Grandparents Day! This goes out to my mom and my in-laws because they are all pretty amazing grandparents to my boys.

I'm really happy to be joining in with Sunday Supper as part of my effort to get back into blogging again. Such a fantastic group of bloggers coming together and sharing meals that they are serving their families. This week is all about recipes that came from our grandparents, and the recipe I'm sharing is from my grandma.

My grandma was an incredible cook and when she knew you liked something in particular, she made sure to make it during every holiday and family gathering. I am the proud owner of a notebook she gave me with some of her favorite recipes when I got married. It's something that means so much to me since I can't just call her up and ask her how to make something anymore.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents on my mom's side. I would spend weekends and go shopping and just play in their living room while they watched tv or read the newspaper. It was like a mini vacation since it was just me visiting them.

My grandma was quite a prankster and I fell for her tricks every single time. I was annoyed at the time, but looking back I laugh about it and have some pretty funny stories to share with my boys now.   I miss her terribly as she has been gone almost 14 years now, so she didn't get to meet either of my boys. So, I try to make recipes from her notebook and share a bit about her every once in awhile so that know her through my memories.

She was an amazing cook and even had one of her pie recipes published in the paper out in Kansas City, which was later compiled into a cookbook. She had quite a knack with pie dough and she tried to teach me how to do it, but I am still pie challenged. I try every once in awhile thinking that at some point, I'll finally understand how the dough is supposed to feel.

The recipe I'm sharing today is one she marked in the notebook as one of my favorites, and it truly is. I haven't made it in quite some time so this week's theme inspired me to get the recipe out and let my boys try it. I really have no idea why this was called Greek Salad because it doesn't have a distinctive Greek flavor to me... but, that's the name it has on the recipe, so I'm going with it.

Grandma's Greek Salad |

It couldn't be easier to make... gather your ingredients and prep what needs to be chopped. Add it all to a bowl and stir to combine. Put in in the fridge and chill. Seriously, that's all there is to it. It's got a great crunch because of the cauliflower and the green bell peppers and pimientos add a nice amount of color.

Greek Salad

Recipe by Louise (AKA: My Grandma)
Prep time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cans cooked shrimp, salad size
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • green bell pepper, chopped
  • onion, chopped
  • 1 jar pimientos
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2-3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

  2. Serve cold.
It really doesn't get easier than this!

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Shelby Law Ruttan said...

Your post makes me smile :) I love how our grandmothers loved to make recipes that we loved. Mine was Nanny's Mayonnaise cake recipe that I have shared many times in different forms! I can understand why you liked this "Greek" salad! It has elements in it that I would love too. I will have to give it a shot sometime soon! Glad your getting back into the groove of blogging and I hope to see you around the SundaySupper table often. :)

30AEats said...

OMGoodness! When I saw Greek salad, I was not expecting shrimp or cauliflower, two of my favorites! I can't wait to try this recipe!

Wendy Klik said...

The perfect recipe, easy peasy and delicious. How lucky are you to be in possession of a cookbook made for you with your grandmas recipes. I am sure you feel her love pour out upon you each time you open it.

Tammi Forcier said...

I love that you have a notebook of your Grandma's recipes. I wish I had one! I love everything about this salad. You had a smart Grandmother.

Liz Berg said...

SO neat that your grandmother gave you some of her best recipes when you got married. What a treasure! And I love the sound of your salad, whether it's Greek or not :)

Patsy K said...

Thanks, Shelby! I've read many posts today about grandparents always making favorite dishes for their loved ones. I think I've already begun doing that!

Patsy K said...

30AEats - I know what you mean! As I was reading through the recipe before making it again... I really couldn't figure out why it was Greek, but then decided I didn't care because it has so many of my favorite things in it!

Patsy K said...

Wendy, Tammi & Liz - I do feel fortunate that she put this notebook together for me. It holds a very special place in my heart and the memories that come back when I look through it are priceless!

Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch said...

What an interesting salad full of so many goodies!

Delaware Girl Eats said...

I have saved every recipe scrap of paper my family sent to me and they are priceless. Thanks for sharing your recipe - cathy from Delaware Girl Eats

Cindy Kerschner said...

Very different salad, Patsy. It says something for keeping around those old recipes.

Lauren Everson said...

How wonderful that she gave you a notebook of her recipes, if I had that I'd probably cry every time I opened it. My son never got to meet my Busia either.
I love the recipe you chose, especially if she ear marked it as one of your favorites. It's not what I thought I'd find when I saw "Greek Salad" and I'm excited to try it!

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