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DIY Salad Bar party and Maple Dill Dressing Recipe

I love having parties. I really do. I love planning my menu, putting out fresh flowers, and doing as much as possible ahead of time so that I can enjoy my guests to the fullest. When Dole reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in hosting a Dole Salad Party, I jumped at the chance. I decided to do a DIY salad bar party. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, all I want are fresh and crunchy salads. Since we just welcomed spring, it was the perfect occasion to celebrate the salad. Aside from being healthy and delicious, the party is very interactive. People can pick and choose what they want in their salad, and make it entirely their own. Especially the kids, let them pick and choose what they want, and I bet that they will be more apt to try new things if they get to pick it out.

The part that I love the most? I can do almost everything ahead of time. I prepped and chopped all of the vegetables and kept them chilled in the fridge. I put all of the nuts, seeds, and dried fruit out in bowls, and set them aside. I cooked the bacon, marinated the chicken and beef earlier in the day and kept it in the fridge. As soon as my guests arrived, I tossed the shrimp in some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. We threw the shrimp, chicken, and steak on the grill. I bought a few different varieties of bread from the bakery and all I needed to do was warm them right before it was time to eat.  I made some homemade dressings the day before, and set out the plates and utensils. It was one of the easiest parties I have ever thrown, and the clean up was a breeze.

DIY Salad Bar party and Maple Dill Dressing RecipeDole Extra Veggie with Snap Peas
parsley
red peppers
carrots
green onions
cucumbers
tomatoes
avocado
feta
cheddar cheese
blue cheese
sunflower seeds
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Nuts
dried cranberries

bacon
grilled shrimp
grilled chicken
Marinated Flank Steak

Home Made Ranch Dressing
Honey Dill Vinaigrette

assorted bread and rolls

http://salads.dole.com/products/salad-blendsHere is how you make Honey Dill Vinaigrette:

1 garlic clove (I mince mine with my Microplane)
3 Tablespoons honey mustard (I like the Whole Foods 365 brand)
3 Tablespoons honey
1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh dill
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
1/2 cup olive oil

http://salads.dole.com/products/salad-blendsWhisk together garlic, mustard, honey, dill, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle the olive oil in while whisking.

honey dill vinaigrette recipePut the dressing into a jar. It should last at least a week in the fridge.

dole salad partyDole sent these cute little Salad Circle Guides with recipes, party ideas, and coupons inside. Great ideas for get togethers with your family and friends that are fun and healthy at the same time.

dole salad blendsThey also sent 3 of their new Extra Veggie Salad Blends.

dole salad partyMy personal favorite? Veggie Spring Mix with Snap Peas! The greens are ready to go, and are fresh and crisp. The snap peas are sweet and crunchy.

dole DIY salad partyAnd bowls of different toppings.

DIY salad partyBuilding your own salad is so fun because you can make it exactly the way that you want. This salad was so good, that everyone at the party had more than one salad. There are just too many ways to make them, and one was just not enough.

dole DIY salad partyThank you Dole for hosting a wonderful evening, we had a great time, and cannot wait to do it again.

Dole Extra Veggie Salad Blends

Dole Salad Guide on Facebook

diy salad bar party

Honey Dill Vinaigrette Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 garlic clove (I mince mine with my Microplane)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey mustard (I like the Whole Foods 365 brand)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk together garlic, mustard, honey, dill, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly drizzle the olive oil in while whisking.
  2. Put the dressing into a jar. It should last at least a week in the fridge.
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20 Responses to Dole DIY Salad Bar Party

  1. [...] DIY Salad Bar Party April 5, 2012 By bakedbree Leave a Comment If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for [...]

  2. What a great idea for a party! I love this! :D
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  3. How fun! And your yellow dining table with the baby blue chairs is absolutely darling.
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  4. Joshua Woodman says:

    Bree at first thanks for such a nice recipe. I liked the presentation also. Waiting for more like this.
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  5. Reima says:

    I am raw and would definately enjoy your salads! 8) It gives nice opportunity to everyone to choose their own blend, for me sometimes it is a problem, because id doesn’t eat meat and any cooked stuff, so if it was mixed I will be walking home hungry. 8) I would like to mention that salads served this way stays fresh and good lookig much longer then already dressed and mixed ones.
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    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you Reima. I like a party where everyone can eat what is being served. I feel bad leaving anyone out.

  6. Sara says:

    Everything looks so good, I love build your own salad bars, what a great party idea.
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  7. Nicole says:

    MMM….Your shrimp salad looks delicious I wish I could grab that salad through my computer.
    Keep up the good work!!!
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  8. Emily says:

    Yum! I love the idea of a dill vinaigrette. I can’t wait to try this! Lovely photos, as always.

  9. Dorothy says:

    Having 25 volunteers for workshops. Like salad bar idea. Quick and easy, healthy and fun. What are the quantities I need for a salad bar DiY for 25 women? Thx

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