I stopped by my pal, Margaret's wonderful blog and I saw her recipe for Strawberry Salad. I hope she doesn't mind if I share it here with you! It got me to thinking about "salads" in the Midwest and the particular kind that we make with Cool Whip and cream cheese and Jell-o. I think those types of dessert-y salads could be particularly indigenous to the Midwest. I have lived in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin my whole life and I think so!
Here is Margaret's recipe:
8oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
20oz can crushed pineapple, very well drained
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup nuts - I used pecans
10oz frozen strawberries, thawed
Cool Whip - about 2 cups
Cream sugar and cream cheese. Add pineapple, bananas, and berries. Stir in nuts. Fold in Cool Whip. Freeze in a 9x9 pan. Remove from the freezer 20-30 minutes before servings.
And then I was also reminded of a salad that I like to make called Snickers Salad or Caramel Apple Salad
For that you will need
One package of instant vanilla pudding
8 ounces of Cool Whip
6 Snickers candy bars
6-8 green apples
Follow the directions to make the vanilla pudding and then add the Cool Whip and blend. Core (obviously!) and chop up the apples, and also cut the Snickers into bite size pieces and blend into the pudding mixture.
Do you have any recipes for your region? Share with this Midwestern girl!
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