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Is there one certain recipe that seems to be at every extended family gathering you have?
For me, it’s my Grandma R’s layered salad.
Grandpa and Grandma R* with Libbie a few days after we came home from the hospital.
It is seasonless. The ingredients are nothing terribly out-of-the-ordinary. And it’s graced the buffet for every family holiday I can remember.
The crunchy lettuce, the creamy mayonnaise, and the rolly-polly peas meld together for a truly delicious bite. I am honestly not a big mayonnaise fan; I eat pasta and potato salads and the like, but if I have it on a sandwich I just spread the tiniest amount. Thinking of eating straight mayo makes me gag–it is seriously the grossest thing I can think of. But the mayo in this blends with the other ingredients and seasonings and I never think of it as anything but a good dressing for the lettuce.
This salad would be great for any 4th-of-July gatherings you’re planning this weekend. My grandma always serves it in a Pyrex 9 by 13 pan.
*I always called my grandparents Grandma and Grandpa S (the whole last name) and Grandma and Grandpa R (same). NO ONE in Tennessee calls their grandparents “Grandma and Grandpa.” It’s Nana, Pawpaw, Mawmaw, Memaw, Nona, Granny… is “Grandma and Grandpa” Northern jargon? (My parents and grandparents are from Ohio.) It just always strikes me as one of those funny things.