Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gather with friends and Overnight Salad

It is official.  I took the leaf out of our dinning room table this week, which means we aren't hosting any holiday gatherings, baby celebrations or birthday parties for the foreseeable future.  It is a little sad, because I love entertaining at our home.  But I know that it will only be temporary, because in a couple months I know we will be hosting again at our house.

There are many reasons why I love entertaining, and one reason is that I get to make Overnight Lettuce Salad.  This salad is a delicious combination of lettuce, cauliflower and BACON!  Another great aspect to this dish is that you make it the night before your gathering with family and friends.  (And I think everyone that has ever hosted at their house knows how nice it is to get some food done the day before the event!)  So without further ado, here is my family's favorite and go to entertaining salad dish:

Overnight Lettuce Salad recipe - perfect for entertaining

Overnight Lettuce Salad

Place ingredients in order in a large bowl, lettuce on the bottom, onion on top.

1 head lettuce, chopped
1 head cauliflower, chopped
1 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I make sure there is enough to cover the entire surface)
1# bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 medium onion, chopped

Cover and refrigerate at least six hours (overnight is best).  Stir right before serving.

This makes a huge batch and only has about 48 hours of "quality of life".  So I only make it when I'm having a large group of family and friends over, like last night when I went to the North Iowa Bloggers Pizza Taste Off (more on that on the blog soon!).

Do you like to entertain at your home?  What is one of your go-to dishes if you're hosting a large group of family and friends?  Do you have any entertaining tips?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

15 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try this again (without onions) of course! I think I'll take it to a family Easter!

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    1. It'll be at our family's Easter celebration!

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  2. This was so good! Thanks so much for making it :)

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  3. I just might make this for he blogger event on Saturday!

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    1. Too bad I won't be there :( Let me know if you do! It is definitely a good potluck dish!

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  4. This dish are my very favourite food of all time. Yours look amazing! YUM! Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe! I cant wait to try it!

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  5. My family is going to love this. I will have to get ingredients I need to make this on the weekend. Thank you, Val!

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    1. Enjoy! I love bringing this salad to family and friend gatherings or making smaller batches just for my family and I.

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  6. When I am feeding a crowd I try to make as much as I can ahead of time. Most salads are last minute sides. I love that I could make this the night before.

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    1. That is one of the best parts! I love that you can make it the night before and forget about it until five minutes before serving.

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  7. These look delicious! i will have to try your recipe soon. My kids will love these so much. I will try the best. Now I can change my menu regularly for my family,esp.for my kids. Thank you.

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  8. You've pretty much had me at overnight and bacon! But the parmesan cheese too? I'm in! Thanks for giving us some fresh ideas at Celebrate 365 Blog Party!

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    1. It is my go to side dish for any type of gathering or potluck.

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