If there’s one dish (besides turkey) that says “holiday” to me it’s one that I make called Five Cup Salad. Of course, you can make it any time of year since it’s so easy to prepare. All you need is 1 Cup of each ingredient:
Five Cup Salad With Mandarin Oranges
- Pineapple, chunks or crushed (I prefer the crushed) drained
- Sour cream
- Mandarin oranges, drained
- Coconut (sweetened, shredded)
- Miniature marshmallows
Add all ingredients to a large bowl and fold together to incorporate the sour cream throughout. I usually make a double batch because everyone loves the citrus flavors with the sweetness of the coconut and the tang of the sour cream. At this time of year many of us receive boxes of mandarin oranges and they would also be great in this salad as a fresh ingredient.
Adding citrus to your diet any time of year is beneficial. Before exercising, after a hard game of soccer or touch football, or just as a sweet alternative to all the cookies an candy during the holiday. An orange a day might keep the doctor away too!
The glory of this salad is that you can tinker with the amounts of each ingredient in order to tailor it to your personal tastes. If you want to make it more festive, use the multicolored marshmallows; if you’re into such things, maybe add some maraschino cherries to the top for presentation.
This is my own personal recipe.