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Log Cabins for Lunch (Recipe: Log Cabin Salad)

January 15, 2013

Searching for fun, interesting food  to feed children is a never-ending mission for Mamas and Grandmamas.  It’s a wonderful way to use some of your creativity and make meals special.  Not that every meal isn’t special.  If you’re eating, it’s special. Maybe memorable is a better word.  Nah, that one doesn’t work either.  Every bite you’re lucky enough to eat is memorable.  When you get right down to it, I have no idea why we look for  fun ways to prepare food for our kids.

Log Cabin Salad was popular around the turn of the century.  Interestingly enough, it wasn’t considered a kid’s delight. It was very popular at country club luncheons.  Imagine that!

I’m taking it out of the country club and putting in front of my grandchildren.  After all, everybody feeds their kids and grandkids log cabins. Right?

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Log Cabin Salad  ~ Syrup and Biscuits

Log Cabin Salad 

Inspired by Henrietta Dull’s “Southern Cooking”

yield: 2 servings

Be very careful when slicing the bananas as they tend to break easily.  If the spears break, just place them on the bottom of the log cabin.  No one will every know. 

2 bananas

orange sections

orange juice

2 maraschino cherries

Cut bananas in half and each half into 4 spears yielding 8 spears per banana.  Marinate sliced bananas in orange juice, covering each spear, for 5 minutes to prevent oxidation.

Place the spears on a plate in log cabin fashion: two spears parallel on the plate, two spears on top in the opposite direction.  Add two more layers in the same fashion.

Fill the center with orange segments.  Top with cherry.

Chill before serving.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2013 12:31 am

    I’ve never heard of log cabin salad but I bet it would be fun to see kids construct their own. The rule would have to be whatever they made they had to eat. 🙂 It’s really a cute salad.

    • January 17, 2013 8:17 am

      Both of my grandchildren loved this. They were tickled to death when I showed it to them and I told them I built a log cabin for them. 🙂

  2. January 18, 2013 4:27 pm

    popular at country clubs? no wonder i haven’t heard of it–my people aren’t country club people. 🙂
    fun dish!

    • January 18, 2013 8:30 pm

      Neither are mine, Grace! I never heard of it until I saw in Mr. Dull’s cookbook.

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