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Florida Fun Salad, Payne's Pantry, Anne Payne


Last updated 7/15/2019 at Noon

My husband, our two sons, and my mother all lived in our home in the Pensacola area of Florida for three years when my husband began working at Westlake Petro Chemical in Pace, FL. We lived in a subdivision called Ashmore Place, where we were some of the few civilians, since most of our neighbors were Top Gun pilots or Coast Guard personnel! It was such a fun place to live, even with its own Bunco group. One of the Navy wives once made this salad for Bunco, and my mom and I went crazy for it! This is so healthy and guilt-free.

Equipment needed:

1 very large salad bowl

Salad tongs

Cutting board

Kitchen knife

Colander for draining

Manual or electric can opener


1-8 oz bag fresh Arugula leaves

1-8 oz bag fresh spinach leaves

1-10.5 box mini red tomatoes

1 bag cut raw broccoli heads

1 sml bag short, baby carrots

2 medium sliced raw cucumbers

2-15.5 oz cns kidney beans, drnd

1-15.5 oz Mandarin orgs, drained

1 med bag red seedless grapes

8 oz bag shred. cheddar cheese

8 oz bag shred. mozarella ches.

1 bottle poppyseed dressing or red vinegarette dressing

Sunflower seeds and/or croutons, for topping, if desired.

(NOTE: Mandarin Oranges and

red kidney beans are optional. Add/omit foods according to personal preferences.)


Drain kidney beans and Mandarin oranges in colander, if using. Set aside. Empty bags of Arugula and spinach leaves to very large salad bowl. Mix with tongs or very clean hands. Add mini red tomatoes to salad, aka grape tomatoes. Then, use cutting board to cut broccoli heads into small pieces, adding to salad. Next, empty the small bag of raw short, baby carrots into salad bowl, mixing well. Use the cutting board again to thinly slice the cucumbers, adding to very large salad bowl.

This is now the time to add the strained red kidney beans and the Mandarin orange slices that were set aside, if desired. The grapes and both cheeses are the next to go in the bowl. Mix

well with tongs or clean hands.

Serve with poppyseed or red vinegarette salad dressing, or your favorite dressing. (May top with sunflower seeds and/or

packaged croutons, if desired.)

Time to eat a Florida Fun salad!


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