We have just returned from Disney. A mere sixteen of us went. Correct, 16. It was great. And work. And fun! And the "happiest place on earth" for all of the remaining time that you are not yelling at your own kids. But the food? Holy Mickey Mouse! Definitely did not make it the happiest place on earth for me. Sorry, Disney but I don't think we were about to co-brand anyway, but you gotta work on the terrible food. So, because I cannot cleanse (I obsess too much about food when I cleanse. Seems to have the reverse effect for me), vegetable and fruits up the wazoo to undo Disney is my plan. And my strategy is Suzie's Salad.
Here: Suzie's Salad. Suzie is my mom. This is her signature salad that has fed legions, literally, legions of friends and family over the years. She has been known to make it and put it in a trough, like a massive ice bucket made for frat parties, and it disappears in minutes. She is called upon to make this for every Thanksgiving, holiday & event and there were leftovers maybe twice in 30 years. If you know how to cut a vegetable, you too can be the champion of your community with this one. I have taken on this legacy and make it for my friends and community and the power of The Suzie Salad is real. This is staying in my fridge, undressed for this week, as a Disney vacation antidote.
Below is for a large salad. This is large group kinda salad.
4 Heads of Romaine Lettuce
3 Large Gorgeous Tomatoes or 10 ish Plum Tomatoes
2 Orange Peppers
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Can of Garbanzos
1 Large Cucumber
1 Package of Mushrooms (any kind will do and we historically use simple organic button)
Black and Green Olives (We use canned or jarred of each but going fancy is fine)
1 Bag or Fresh Shredded Carrots
1.5 Cups Crasisins
Italian Good Seasons Packet Dressing
1 Tablespoon Grey Poupon Mustard
2 Tablespoons Honey
For Salad: Grab a cutting board and small chop away. The key is to chop everything small and bite size. The secret is the dressing. Here, I divided up the vegetables to keep them from getting soggy but I do not usually do that. I usually just throw everything into a bowl, dress and serve. But since it is going to last a few days, I will not dress it and go the extra step and keep separate.
For Dressing: Simply follow the directions on the back of the dressing packet. Additionally, add 1 tablespoon of Grey Poupon mustard and honey. Shake well. This dressing last months in the fridge. Is this the cleanest dressing? Nope. But not blasphemously bad. The secret of the secret of the secret of the dressing is you must put dressing on and then mix well and cover all ingredients. This is not a little drizzle over the top kind of salad! I actually put the salad and dressing in a tupperware and shake up to make sure I have ideal coverage. I guess you can add chicken or shrimp or something. I do not. I am a purist. Let the Suzie Salad Legend Live On!