70’s salad 

Hello Dear Reader,

Salads these days are ‘complex’, full of grains from far flung lands, with sprouting seeds and exotic embellishments. 1970’s salads had lettuce, tomato and cucumber, in season and  from our garden and with a sprinkle of cress grown on the window sill in the kitchen. Ham came out of a tin, and cheese was cut with a wire on a board in the pantry. 

And……..there was nothing wrong with that!

My salad today hasn’t changed! Salad, boiled eggs, beetroot, ham, a tiny lump of cheese and a measured amount of salad cream……..far more retro than mayo. I keep my portions small, I get enough  and watch the costs.

Dearly Beloved’s salad is the same but much bigger with more cheese, ham and a bowl of crusty bread. Does anyone else get the bread in Lidl? The small baguettes are 19p and great for a man mountain who likes nice bread with everything. 


A parting shot of DB’s supper in all its 1970’s glory…….if we had any pickled onions, he’d have had a sprinkle of them to. Now over to you, who else watches portion size to stretch the budget? Who else loves old style salads? Anyone else have 1970’s food memories?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxxx

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31 thoughts on “70’s salad 

  1. I remember the 1970’s salads and my dad who had been a prisoner of war in Burma and would not eat cucumber as he had been fed it when rotten, I love beetroot with anything but can no longer eat eggs since being diabetic as they make me ill, Thanks for the memory

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  2. Hello the salad looks yummy, I remember tinned potato salad and a mixed vegetable salad by Heinz wish they would bring them back my mum kept them in the pantry with a salad just like yours,

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    • I adored those tinned salads too. Salad cream peps up a homemade salad dressing as it is more acidic than mayo.

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  3. I’m a 70’s child and would much rather eat this than the fancy salads you get these days…must have salad cream on it though with a sprinkling of sugar…..and if its followed by strawberry Angel Delight all the better!

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  4. I am not only watching portion size to stretch the budget, but am actually fasting twice per week. I have managed to reduce our grocery bill by about a third, I feel great and full of energy and am fitting into all my old clothes again.

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    • hello the salad looks yum and perfect for this hot weather. I am finding hard to eat in the heat. I am curious about the comment from Roz Russell as I don’t understand why she can’t eat eggs. I am diabetic and my doctor hasn’t said anything about avoiding them. Dear Roz please can you let me know. Maybe I am doing something wrong.

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      • Hi Kit, don’t worry! I have Type 1 diabetes, my mum has Type 2 diabetes, neither of us need to avoid eggs so please don’t worry. Everyone’s different, it’s not nice for Roz to have to avoid eggs but I would imagine this doesn’t apply to you. Keep eating eggs – I love em! 🙂

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  5. Salad in my house was simple and homegrown too, but there certainly was no meat or cheese in them!! Eggs on sundays or easter, but for me, salad is just vieggies, some olive oil and vinegar (or lemon juice).
    Must be a matter of geography/culture/family

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  6. Absolute perfection that salad although I would have to add some red onion. I had a salad yesterday when I went out with friends and it looked like all the scraps ready to go in the compost bin. All different coloured leaves and great ribbons of carrot it were ‘orrible.

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  7. Hi Froogs,
    I love that kind of salad, I grew up eating these salads for dinner during our stupid hot summers growing up in Gympie, Queensland. Mum would also add pineapple and our meat would usually be corned beef. Have a great weekend
    Fiona from stayhomeinstead.blogspot.com.au

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  8. Reminds me of Sunday tea when I was a child in the seventies, love it. I still love to eat beetroot and salad cream sandwiches. I wish I could buy baguettes for 19p, sadly we don’t have a Lidl store in Cambridge.

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  9. Reminds of chef salads from the 70’s…always on iceberg lettuce…I discovered tacos in the late 70’s…still love them…just have them as a salad now without the shell…

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  10. Was anybody else daring – adding a couple of spoonfuls per plate of tinned sweetcorn? I remember it being a red letter day when my mother bought coleslaw for the first time. We knew how to live. And I really loathe trendy, ubiquitous rocket!

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  11. Modern salad is so fussy that I’ve stopped making it at home and gone back to the old style ones (chopped lettuce, tomato, onion) from the 1970s, served with a boiled egg and a scattering of grated cheese. If we’re really fancy, we’ll have some carrot sticks on the side as well.

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  12. I put whatever is handy into salads. I especially love cold leftover broccoli, although my husband definitely does not. I also put in dried cherries in winter when fresh tomatoes aren’t worth buying, and husband also loves feta cheese as often as possible! I am partial to hard boiled egg myself, and whatever sweet peppers are nice looking in the store. Always onion of some kind. In summer, when tomatoes are homegrown, I need little more than Romaine and tomatoes with onion! I also love Jello salads because I was a child in the 50’s and they were very popular then among homemakers. Congealed salads, gelled salads–do you make them in the UK? I don’t recall having any there. Sometimes we have it plain for dessert with a little whipped cream. I grate carrots into my salads quite often too–carrots are very popular at my house, in just about any form whatsoever.

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  13. When I was a child, salad in our house consisted of a whole tomato, 2-3 spring onions, a lettuce leaf and some sliced beetroot from a jar, together with slices of Spam, on a plate with maybe some celery sticks in a jug on the side. No mayo or dressing. My mother was sadly no cook! Despite my childhood experiences I love salads. My husband makes a salad meal for us every week and he has perfected a Greek style salad with new potatoes, onion, tomatoes, peppers, black olives and feta. I always keep a jar of homemade vinaigrette dressing in the fridge which complements it nicely. My Mum wouldn’t recognise it at all!

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  14. I always remember having a bag of chips on a Saturday, we always went to the local market, then for tea tinned ham sandwiches, lettuce, toms and grandads cucumber, there was always pickled onions and beetroot.Back in the good old 70’s.

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  15. Now that’s a salad! Exactly what I would put between two slices of bread! Did you know if you mix mayonaise with salad cream its perfect for potato salad which I make my own with any kind of potato but new ones are best.

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  16. You can’t beat a retro salad, my go-to salad is always lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber with lots of beetroot. I used to love salad cream and even ate it on butties when I was growing up, much to my Mum’s horror, but I can’t stand the stuff now so it’s mayo for me 🙂

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    • It was salad cream with everything when we were kids; crisp and salad cream sandwiches or cheese and salad cream sandwiches were popular!!! Can’t stand the stuff either now I’m older and much prefer mayonnaise.

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  17. I like all salads: “retro”, or modern with those coloured leaves and rocket which some people cannot stand. It really annoys me though when I go into one of those modern coffee outlets which sell “salads” which are actually noodles or pasta with no vegetables and it’s a choice between these or panini.

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  18. Linda dare I say it? Tinned sweetcorn in situ or in mashed potato (and ham, chicken or tuna) with salad cream …. Celery and grated carrot (not ribbons) in my retro salads. That Heinz salad was Russian Salad. This past year I have been enjoying Greek salads and thank cmikolj for her husband’s recipe. If I want a change I just cook the Greek salad ingredients – ratatouille with just about anything; with aubergines and mince – moussaka; in soup – minestrone; and so on. Froogs as always your recipes are inspiring.

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