Cook outs, picnics, barbecues, pot lucks. Summer is the ideal time of year for entertaining and parties. I have a dim memory of having a salad something like this at my friend Paula’s house for Thanksgiving. She said she was tired of all the standard sweet potato recipes and made this salad instead. I thought the combination of ingredients was amazingly delicious – which is why I remember it all these years later – but I am sad to report it ‘s not a good vehicle for the roasted marshmallows that usually come along with sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving.
How did I get side tracked from summer entertaining? I brought this salad with me to a pot luck and it was a BIG hit. In fact, although I say it serves 6 to 8 – it was completely polished off by six women of a certain age. The good news is this recipe is easily doubled if you are cooking for a crowd.
I love red cabbage salad. Growing up my mom made what we called Ketchup Salad every time the ketchup bottle was getting low. She would add vegetable oil and red wine vinegar to the remaining ketchup (Heinz, of course) in the bottle and shake – great way to use every drop of ketchup – then pour it over shredded red cabbage and shredded carrots – add plenty of salt and pepper and a family favorite was created. Jump forward 40 or 50 years – I’m working in the soup kitchen and we get a case of red cabbage donated. I know just what to do with it – Ketchup Salad! My fellow volunteers were horrified but I stood firm and insisted we add ketchup to the vinaigrette. Guess what – they all loved it too (except Lenny who wouldn’t taste it) and every now and then one of them announces s/he had made Ketchup Salad at home that week. So though I don’t have exact proportions of oil/vinegar/ketchup to give you, I encourage you to make up your own Ketchup Salad, if you dare!