Monday, January 23, 2012

Grandma's 5 Cup Salad

First, thank you for your kind thoughts and comments. We had a long but beautiful weekend with our family - lots of tears, lots of laughter, and lots of memories. We have a great big, supportive family and it was truly wonderful to be together even for such a sad occasion. We miss her but we rejoice for her.


A few years back, I was planning and hoping to compile a family cookbook and began collecting family recipes. I still hope to do that. Instead, we had the best kind of interruption and found out that #3 was on the way very quickly - surprise! We learned of our youngest in early July and he was born mid August. His adoption was finalized in November. Whirlwind. Sometimes I still think we are recovering and he is 3. :) My sweet Grandparents were some of the first people I called with the news of our eminent arrival. They were excited for us. I have pictures of my grandma holding him when he was maybe 4 or 6 weeks old. She loved babies and she got to see him quite a bit those first few months as we had 3 family weddings within 6 weeks.

Anyway, I was looking through the recipes she submitted - some were new to me and others were old standbys. This recipe is the latter. It's quick, easy, and delicious. I most remember it coming to picnics - we are big on pitch-ins and picnics in our family. Oh and I must mention that one thing I really admired about my Grandma is that she regularly tried new recipes. A funny thing is that she sometimes apologized for her food which was, in fact, nearly always delicious. It was not fake modesty, it was genuine humility - she was definitely not a praise seeker.

So here is her 5 Cup Salad to kick off our time of tribute to one of our favorite cooks and one of our favorite people! I made it just as she wrote and chose to add pecans because I think that is mostly what she did. She really liked nuts. You could easily add both coconut and nuts but then it would be 6 Cup Salad or you could add 1/2 and 1/2 or just pick your favorite.  Also, I used red grapes. I'm pretty sure this salad was served at the funeral dinner on Saturday or at least several like it.


1 c. mandarin oranges, drained
1 c. pineapple chunks, drained
1 c. seedless grapes
1 c. coconut or nuts
1 c. sour cream

Mix and serve.

(P.S. I'll add the printable link later - my computer is in the shop and I don't have a pdf writer on my back up one.)


  1. What a wonderful way to remember your grandma! Everytime I make one of my grandmother's recipes, I think of her and all the time we were able to share. I hope you can finish the family cookbook!!! We made one a few years ago for our family (both sides) and everyone really appreciated it!!!

  2. This is so sweet to share her recipes on your blog. :) I LOVE this salad (we call it ambrosia salad down here).

  3. I had forgotten about this one. I'll choose the coconut route, but I do remember loving this at Memorial Day and at her house when we were still a small enough group to congregate there. Thanks, Alaina!

  4. the original recipe was in a cookbook called stillmeadows cookbook by gladys tabor and it called for a cup of marshmellows, cut up not grapes.