This post was written by my foodie sister Robin, who is now sharing all of her favorite recipes and kitchen tips regularly on the new “Make It and Love It – in the KITCHEN” portion of this blog. Try a few of her recipes…your belly will thank you! -Ashley
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Hey guys, it’s Robin! You’re going love this really simple Ham & Swiss Salad, that has a deliciously smooth and creamy texture, with a subtle crunch. It is really versatile, works in so many things, and is a quick (and inexpensive) little something you can bring to your book club next week! :)
I created this recipe while in college. I know, it kinda sounds strange to come up with something in college, that I still eat and enjoy today. (Yeah, the whole budget thing is sometimes a downer for creativity in the kitchen. But stay with me…) It was during the time when sushi joints were just starting to pop up and catch on (so it seemed to me at the time, anyway) around 2003 or so. I decided to throw a little sushi party and I wanted to pull people in who really didn’t like the idea of raw fish. I kept having to explain to people that sushi is Japan’s equivalent of a burrito. I also had to let them know I wasn’t going to serve Sashimi (which is raw fish), so that they wouldn’t avoid coming. You know, the whole raw fish and food poisoning was a lot more worrisome 10 years ago. (I mean, it can still happen…..but as long as it’s properly prepared, no biggie.)
Anyway, I wanted to give the option of a non-fish sushi at my sushi party because I was getting the vibe that there were a few who didn’t like fish. Hey, this was when I was living in Utah, and good fish was hard to come by at the time. So it was not commonly eaten by the college crowd, except for maybe fish sticks or cod nuggets at the cafeteria. (I had neighbors make a movie about how bad the cod nuggets were. Really, so bad.)
So I chopped up a little bit of this and a little bit of that and whipped up this delicious Ham & Swiss Salad. Yes, super affordable and quick to make, but surprisingly, a hit when I created it all those years ago (and continues to be for anyone who tries it). Hey, easy AND delicious is always a winner in my book! :)