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Set the Table With Salad

Over the weekend Fab and I attended the Junior League of San Francisco's — a great organization that helps mothers in need — annual luncheon and fashion show. Instead of having a boring buffet or walking waiters, the tables were set with ingredients to make-your-own salad. Having to pass platters was a great way to start conversations between the unacquainted guests.

Serving a set table of food is more affordable than hiring caterers and waiters. This exceptional, assembled-meal idea would work wonderfully at a bridal or baby shower. Here's how you do it:

  • Place a plate of greens in front of each chair.
  • In the middle of the table, set platters of grilled chicken, smoked salmon, onions, capers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, fresh fruit, etc.
  • Add depth by filling martini glasses with other ingredients such as fresh mozzarella, nuts, and dried figs.
  • Fill small glasses with different types of dressing and arrange next to the platters.
  • Place rolls on small plates next to each setting and fill tall tumblers with grissini (breadsticks).
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the table. Fab accidentally spilled her Sauvignon Blanc in the chicken!

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Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
That's very fantastic!
QueenLeaher QueenLeaher 9 years
very cute idea. will remember this one
limelindsey limelindsey 9 years
My mom and I have done a different version of this for bridal showers. We make a fairly plain chicken pasta salad (seashell pasta, grilled chicken chunks, sometimes hard-boiled eggs, with a vinaigrette/lo-fat sour cream/mayo/fresh herbs concoction for the dressing), then have tons of add-ins. We usually have tomatoes, olives, cucumber, celery, peas, carrots, bell peppers, cheese, sunflower seeds - whatever you can think of! I like the fact that it's totally customizable - the only big dietary restriction you have to worry about is vegetarians - and everyone ends up with something they'll like. It's always been a big hit!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I love serving salad this way. Nothing gets sogged, you can easily avoid items not to your taste and kids love it. Easy to pack up the leftovers, as well.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's really cute, though I'd be a bit annoyed to be served nothing but a salad for my meal--but that's just me :)
cupcake345 cupcake345 9 years
I love this idea.
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
love it! i really like using martini glasses for serving.
AnnaLove AnnaLove 9 years
This is so cute and do-able!
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