woolworth’s lunch counter hot turkey salad

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Today I woke up feeling a little bit oogie and didn’t really want to get out of bed. Ho hum. I got up anyway, took a couple ibuprofen (maybe I need to buy a new pillow)…made a pot of tea… took a leisurely bath… and used some lavender scented moisturizing oil (that I usually scent with ylang ylang and rose absolute, but this time I used lavender) which worked it’s aromatherapy magic. I ate a big piece of peanut butter toast for breakfast. Then our friend Dave knocked on the door and came in to join us for tea. I’m feeling much better now. Tea and friends have a way of turning the whole day around, don’t you think?

So here I am, writing to all of you. I have to say, I appreciate you all so much! I love your funny messages and emails. There’s always a treat in my mail box, every day, that lifts me up and encourages me and reminds me why it is I am doing all of this. I am so happy and blessed, and you are all a part of what makes that statement so. I love our exchanges in this space and on facebook. We just hit 36K over there a couple days ago, and we’re well on our way to 37. What the what? I can hardly believe it!  Thank you, also, for being such amazing ambassadors of my social networking world. Mwah 🙂

I suppose I should stop gabbing and share this recipe. I’m meeting my friend Clare for a hike up Memorial bluff in about a half hour so I better get a move on.

I give you the first recipe in our new series… Woolworth’s Lunch Counter Favorites! This is very tasty, but also very rich so you may want to keep those portions small and serve with a yummy tossed salad…

preheat oven to 450 degrees F

serves 6 to 7 people

2 (12.5 oz) cans turkey, drained well and broken up a bit (chicken will work also)

3 cups finely chopped celery

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 teaspoon salt

a couple dashes of black pepper

1 Tablespoon finely chopped onion

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup real mayonnaise (or a little more, if needed)

2 cups crushed, plain potato chips

Combine everything, except for the potato chips, in a big mixing bowl.  Place in 6 individual baking dishes (approximately 3/4 cup a piece.)

Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly golden and bubbling. Crush potato chips over the top of each serving.



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  16 comments for “woolworth’s lunch counter hot turkey salad

  1. linda eller
    November 14, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you so for this delight into life love this–linda

    • Melissa
      November 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

      Hi Linda! 🙂 My pleasure! Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy. XO

  2. November 15, 2013 at 6:21 am

    You da best, lady! You fill my feed with awesome…

    • Melissa
      November 15, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      aw! thanks, Sweetie! 🙂 XOXO

  3. November 15, 2013 at 7:59 am

    So glad you found a way to perk up and feel better, Melissa! I love heritage and retro recipes. They seem to be making a comeback. In my book, they never went out if style. 🙂

    • Melissa
      November 15, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Jackie! I agree…classic, simple good food never goes out of style 😉 XOXO

  4. Gloria R.
    January 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    I do so miss the lunch counter! Nothing was more fun than going shopping with a few friends and taking the time to laugh over a sandwich and fountain Coke or really be “bad” and share a huge, mouthwatering banana split. If you could coax the person behind the counter, you could get extra cherries. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Love your recipes. 🙂

    • Melissa
      January 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet note, Gloria! I’m so pleased that you’re enjoying my blog and recipes. XO

  5. Karen
    January 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    This sounds delicious I can’t wait to try it!

    • Melissa
      January 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      yay! enjoy, Karen! 🙂

      • Sharon
        June 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm

        I would love to have their recipe for vegetable soup. It was the best!

        • Melissa
          June 22, 2014 at 8:32 am

          Hi Sharon 🙂

          I have the original Woolworth’s lunch counter cookbooks! I’ll look for the veggie soup recipe and see if I can’t make, photograph and post it for you. XO ~M

          • Renee Rogers
            December 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

            What are the names of the cookbooks about Woolworth’s lunch counter recipes that you have? I looked on Amazon and Google and find nothing with actual recipes in there…. 🙁

  6. Christy
    October 20, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Melissa, where did you find the Lunch Counter cookbook? I would love to add that book to my collection!

    • Melissa
      October 24, 2014 at 7:13 am

      I found a copy on Amazon, Christy 🙂 thanks for stopping by! xo

  7. Jo Ann Vanderpool
    December 31, 2014 at 8:15 am

    3 cups celery? Sounds like a lot

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