Patio Salad – A Retro Recipe Flop

By Cedar | April 10, 2014

patio salad vintage recipe

Well, that looks horribly unappetizing, doesn’t it? This chunky, crunchy, chewy, creamy orange dish is called Patio Salad, recipe taken from the Knudsen Recipes book (which I also used last week to make a delicious, but not so crunchy, Apple Crunch) from 1962. It is slightly sweet, and packed with flavor. Unusual, why did I think I would like this, sweet, flavor.

As you may have already guessed, this one was not a winner. Upon first bite I thought to myself, ‘hmm this is interesting’, and with each subsequent bite my taste for this unique salad lessened and lessened. I think I made it four bites in before I decided I was done, for good, forever. Patio salad is not for me, at least not in this incarnation.

The ingredients in this recipe should have been a warning sign, but I hoped that maybe this was one of those odd recipes, where once it all came together it would create a party in my mouth. Or, at the very least, I figured my non vegetable eating three year old would like it with all those dates and pineapple. Wrong and wrong. No one liked it, I am almost afraid my compost pile will throw this one back in my face.

Anyhow, here is the recipe. Who knows, you may like it.

  • 4 medium sized carrots, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon candied ginger, chopped
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 cup celery
  • 2 cups Knudsen Hawaiian Pineapple Cottage Cheese (since I am pretty sure this product no longer exists, I used 2 cups plain cottage cheese and 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, running the pineapple through the processor before mixing in)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Mix carrots, ginger, dates and celery with the cottage cheese (and pineapple), chill. At serving time toss with sour cream. Serve on crisp greens.

patio salad vintage recipe

patio salad vintage recipe

patio salad vintage recipe

The burger and fries were amazing!

4 Responses to “Patio Salad – A Retro Recipe Flop”

  1. Hallie Taylor Says:
    April 10th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Nom nom nom! Things I must put into my mouth immediately!

    (Or not.)


    Cedar Reply:

    I’ll send some back with mom when she visits next week. ;)


  2. Debra Says:
    April 13th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Hmmm…very interesting. At least you are adventurous and are willing to try something new. The burger and fries do look yummy.
    Some recipes come together and some don’t, but you’ll never know your next favorite thing if you don’t try, right?


  3. Jessica Cangiano Says:
    April 14th, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I’m sorry that this was a flop on the taste bud front for you. It’s interesting because on the surface, those ingredients sound like they might marry well together, though I can totally see it going either way. I think I’d lose the celery, sour cream, and dates, and focus on the pineapple, cottage cheese, carrot and ginger (which calls to mind a carrot ginger muffin recipe I created that I’ve been making for about fifteen years now).

    ♥ Jessica