Say the word “salad,” and most people think carrots, iceberg lettuce and, if they’re having company over, croutons. But for many people – specifically cakers – the word “salad” covers a vast culinary landscape; a landscape not always conducive to growing vegetables.
I grew up eating Pistachio Salad, Ambrosia Salad and other sophisticated side dishes. What defined these as “salads” seemed to be whether or not there was Cool Whip involved. For my family, Cool Whip was a miraculous binding agent, bringing together unlikely ingredients and marrying them to make a symphony of flavour. Pro tip: Cool Whip also makes an excellent moisturizer. You can also use it to silence squeaky door hinges.
I’ve seen recipes for Snickers Salad before, but never made it. When I recently picked up a copy of Taste of Home’s Church Potluck magazine and saw the recipe, I figured it was high time.
Snickers Salad contains apples, pudding mix, Cool Whip and Twix Bars. LOL! Just kidding. It contains Snickers Bars. And while some people may feel that anything with Snickers should never be categorized as a “salad,” need I remind you there are apples in this? Hello?!?
1 ½ cups cold 2% milk
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed (see note)
4 large apples, chopped (about 6 cups)
4 Snickers candy bars, cut into ½-in. pieces
In bowl, whisk milk and vanilla pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand until soft-set, about 2 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Fold in chopped apples and Snickers. Refrigerate salad until serving.
I brought this to my Italian mother-in-law’s for Mother’s Day. It’s always a bit dicey getting her to try one of my dishes. She usually looks disturbed when I tell her what’s in it.
What did she think of my Snickers Salad? It was a bonefide hit! She even went back for a second serving – something she never does.
In terms of overall feedback, tasters felt there were too few Snickers pieces and too many apple pieces. There I was, in front of a bunch of Italians, defending a salad for having too few Snickers pieces. The irony was not lost on me, folks.
If you make this – and you should – you might want to add another Snickers bar, or two, to keep everyone happy. Besides, it’s a salad. That means all the ingredients are healthy.
Note: My Snickers Salad looked decidedly creamier than the magazine photo, so I’m not sure if I used too much Cool Whip. Not like that’s a bad thing.