Found an interesting old recipe book at an estate sale, “It’s Easy to be a ‘Gourmet’ with Peanuts.”
It doesn’t have a date on it, but looks to be from the 1950s. It says it is “brought to you by the 7,000 peanut growers of Oklahoma and their families.”
The cookbook is filled with recipes that use peanuts, from main dishes to soups, breads, cakes and more. Here are a couple of recipes from the Salads section.
1 1/2 cups coarsely grated carrots
3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted peanuts
1/3 cup raisins
Lemon juice, if desired
Mayonnaise, or any peanut butter salad dressing, as needed
2 oranges, cut in sections
Combine carrots, peanuts, and raisins with mayonnaise or peanut butter salad dressing to moisten. Add lemon juice to taste, if desired, Arrange on lettuce with orange sections around edge. Serves 4.
Never heard of peanut butter salad dressing? Here you go:
Quick Peanut Butter Dressing
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons peanut butter
Mix mayonnaise with lemon juice, sugar and peanut butter.
Or if you want to get fancy:
Peanut Butter Fruit Dressing
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pineapple juice or pineapple-grapefruit blend
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey or sugar
Blend peanut butter with part of juices until smooth. Gradually add remaining juice, salt and honey, stirring until blended. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Makes 1 1/2 cups dressing. Excellent with fruit salad.
If you try and enjoy these recipes, say a word of thanks to the Oklahoma peanut growers!
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