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    Hi - my family has a last minute picnic going on tomorrow.

    Already on the Menu:
    Hamburgers & corn cobs from Mom & Dad
    Salad/dressing, beans, drinks from Bro & family
    My family...side dish & dessert...basically nothing yet!!!


    I need a side dish of some sort that won't go bad in the heat. I'm pregnant so I need to be careful with mayo so I really don't want to bring potato or macaroni salads since we may not eat immediately.

    Dessert really shouldn't be a problem - if I can't make anything, then I'll swing by the market and get something already prepared.

    My side dish is the problem - what should I bring?

  • #2
    Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

    This is really good! Make it a day before.

    Tessa posted -

    Southern Slaw - Cole Slaw made without Mayo


    Here's one that has no mayo.. It keeps well in frig.

    Southern Slaw

    (from Linda Giuca, Hartford Courant)

    1 med. Sized head green cabbage (about 2 pounds)
    2 T kosher salt
    3 T. sugar
    1 small red bell pepper
    cup red wine vinegar
    cup veg. Oil
    2 T. chopped fresh parsley

    Remove the tough outer leaves of the cabbage and discard. Cut the
    cabbage in half, top to bottom, then remove the core. Cut each half
    into inch slices then rotate the cabbage to cut into a inch dice.
    Repeat with other half
    Put the diced cabbage in a large bowl and toss with 1-T. kosher salt
    and 1 T. sugar. Let stand for at least 45 min, then pour off excess
    Cut open the pepper, remove the stem, pitch and seeds. In the beaker
    of a blender, place the trimmed pepper, remaining 2 T. sugar and 1 T
    kosher salt, red win vinegar and oil
    Turn on high and puree. Combine with the drained cabbage and let sit

    for 2 min. Toss with 2 T of chopped parsley, then serve.
    Makes about 1 quart


    • #3
      Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

      How about a relish tray with black olives, green olives, sweet pickles, dill pickles, etc. Maybe a plate with lettuce, slice tomatoes, sliced onions for the hamburgers, along with some cheese slices. Dessert could be different fruits. Kids always love rice krispie treats


      • #4
        Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

        I sometimes make potato salad with a vinaigrette - no eggs to go bad.


        • #5
          Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

          Guacamole salad
          ( Ina Garten recipe )

          1 pint grape tomatoes , halved
          1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and 1/2 " diced
          1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
          1/2 cup small-diced red onions
          2 tablespoons minced jalapeno peppers, seeded ( about 2 peppers )
          1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
          1/4 cup fresh lime juice ( 2 limes)
          1/4 cup good olive oil
          1 teaspoon kosher salt ( I use sea salt)
          1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
          1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
          1/4 ground cayenne pepper
          2 ripe Haas avacados, seeded, peeled and diced

          Place tomatoes, yellow peppers, black beans, red onions, jalapeno peppers and lime zest in a large bowl. Whisk together the lime juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic and cayenne pepper and pour over vegetables. Toss well.
          Just BEFORE serving fold in avacados into the salad. check seasonings and serve at room temp.


          • #6
            Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

            When I took my food handlers class, they told us that if someone gets food poisoning from a potato salad, it is because of the potatoes..not the mayo. In fact, mayo doesn't even need refigerated. Doesn't stop me from refrigerating mine though. the very thought of warm mayo....ick!


            • #7
              Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

              This is a recipe, I have not tried, that is in a cookbook given to me by one of my patients, Ester Goolsby, before she moved home with her family, just before she passed away. The cookbook is her own recipes, good old fashion comfort foods. I've had it a good 10-12 yrs.

              Potato Salad

              5lb white potatoes
              6 hard boiled eggs, chopped medium
              1-1/2 c sweet pickle relish, drained (personally I'd use half dill, half sweet)
              2-3 tbsp vinegar
              1 small jar pimentos
              4 tbsp butter
              1/4 c. milk
              salt and pepper to taste

              Peel and cut potatoes to boil. In pot, add enough water to cover, boil until tender, but not mushy. Drain and reserve juice. Whip potatoes until no lumps appear. (I'd leave mine chunky), add 3 tbsp butter and 1/4 cup milk, continue whipping until light and fluffy. If too dry, add a little juice from boiled potatoes). Add onions while still hot, and salt and pepper, vinegar and stir well, add pimentos and relish, stir well, add eggs, mix well, as it cools a little, may appear to dry, if so add more juice. Store leftover in tightly sealed container, no metal, refrigerate.


              • #8
                Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

                Pine Nut Salad

                2 c. pine nuts
                lb. pasta I use bow ties (Farfalle(SP))
                1 c. black olives sliced
                c. fresh parsley, minced
                1/3 c. green pepper chopped
                1/3 c. red pepper chopped
                c. fresh lemon juice
                c. good quality olive oil
                freshly ground pepper
                Parmesan cheese, to taste

                In a large skillet, lightly toast the pine nuts, remove to rest on paper towels. Cook the pasta in boiling water drain and rinse in cold water. Be careful not to overcook the pasta. Very gently mix together all the ingredients, cover, chill and serve.

                Since I like tomatoes I garnish with cherry or grape tomatoes.


                • #9
                  Re: Need Mayo-less Picnic Recipes Pls!

                  My aunt got food poisoning when she was pregnant back in 1973. The corn is what made everyone sick. She ended up having Tommy that night. He was fine, just a few weeks early just wanted to warn you against the corn.
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