Saturday, August 6, 2011

Summer Entertaining Salad Buffet

Just finished a big family gathering, I decided to break from the traditional BBQ fare of steaks, chicken, hot dogs for the kids, corn on the cob and all the usual items we would have at a summer gathering. This year we opted for a huge salad buffet, about 20 different toppings went into this event.

We did not do away with grill totally afterall it is summer and we usually cook out 3-5 times a week anyway. We had 3 meats as part of our buffet, beef, chicken and salmon, also grilling zucchini, squash and red peppers, the peppers went into a red pepper vinaigrette.

We had a full compliment of "fixings"
  1. Grilled Flank Steak
  2. Grilled Chicken
  3. Grilled Salmon
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Cucumbers
  6. Peas
  7. Brocolli
  8. Cauliflower
  9. Peas
  10. Onion
  11. Hard boiled Eggs
  12. Grilled Squash and Zucchini
  13. Crushed Ramen Noodles
  14. Homemade Croutons
  15. Feta Cheese
  16. Blue Cheese
  17. Sunflower Seeds
  18. Corn
  19. Pine Nuts
  20. Dried Cherries
  21. Garbonzo Beans

The menu was rounded out by an assortment of dressings made from scratch, ranch, honey mustard, Italian and red pepper vinaigrette. Add an assortment of breads, rolls and breadsticks.

When planning this party I assigned everyone 2 items to bring, an inexensive item and a more costly one, for example, someone was assigned cucumbers, and feta cheese. It was super easy for everyone to contribute and not spend a fortune or do a lot of work.

Favorite part for me was seeing my massive array of eclectic pottery on display, it was truly a beautiful spread, best part is there was something for everyone to enjoy!


Kathy said...

I will just say this, YUM. Fabulous looking buffet, and a lot of work am I am sure.

Athena's Armoury said...

That must have been a lot of fun! I would have loved making a huge salad with all of those fixings.

FabricFascination said...

What a fabulous buffet. My family would love something like that. And I love the way you shared the load.

ioana said...

everything looks yummy!!!

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