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Build Your Own Salad Party

Build Your Own Salad Party

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Wondering how to host dinner for a handful of friends without cooking a thing? I found the answer. Create a salad bar. It sounds so simple that it is almost silly, but everyone is detoxing after the holidays, and this is a fun way to have a get together while ensuring that no one needs to break their new year diet.

Last week, when the temperature dipped below zero, eight of my incredible girl friends came over to catch up over dinner, wine, and cupcakes. It was the type of last minute gathering that just happened. At first just one friend was coming over, and then more people wanted to come, and eventually we decided to invite everyone. The more the merrier, right?

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All of the sudden eight people were coming over, on a weekday, and I needed a plan. I really don’t have time to cook for eight people on a weekday since I have a full time job, so I needed to get a little creative. I decided that build your own salad party would be easy, inexpensive, and fun. I headed to the grocery store and stocked up on greens, vegetables, and cheese. Plus I bought a rotisserie chicken, eggs, and bacon. I did cook, but just a little. I crisped up the bacon and boiled a few eggs before my friends arrived.

Just before my friends arrived I placed all of the salad ingredients in cute bowls, and I chopped up a pear, an apple, and an avocado. I also put out some cupcakes – because you always need to serve something sweet when friends come over.

I asked my friends to bring over wine, and a their favorite salad dressing. Most people already have salad dressing in their fridge, and I really didn’t want to end up with even more bottles of salad dressing in my fridge after the party.

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It was a fun gathering to kick off 2015. Plus, I got to eat all the leftovers throughout the week. I was especially proud of Saturday’s salad and could resist taking the photo, which also shows The Maine Magazine which I read while I ate.

This isn’t my first “build your own” party. I’ve hosted Avocado Toast, Caramel Apple, and Christmas Cookie parties too. I love hosting this type of party since it includes an activity for guests, and everyone gets to eat exactly what they want.

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Nicole Regan

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Kit I didn't even think of this from a host's perspective. So easy and now that you mention it, affordable! From a guest's point of view it was so satisfying and was just happy that it was a healthy dinner. Totally canceled out my 3 cupcakes. Whoops! I think I may do this at my next book club or little gathering as well. Thanks for the inspiration and unique, creative idea!

Mary Beth

Saturday 17th of January 2015

love this! after our kitchen was remodeled, I invited contractor and his wife for pizza (he lives in town and thought the wife might like to see what her husband does all day at work). We had a candlelight dinner of pizza and a salad bar, EZ p-z and no pressure.

thekittchen

Saturday 17th of January 2015

So easy! Right? Pizza night is a great idea too!

Nikole

Friday 16th of January 2015

This is such a cute idea! But I would eat that avocado by myself :)

thekittchen

Saturday 17th of January 2015

Haha! Good point Nikole! I think I might have chopped up 2 or 3. I don't really remember.

Katie @ Live Half Full

Friday 16th of January 2015

What an awesome idea! I think I will do this for my Book Club this month!

thekittchen

Saturday 17th of January 2015

It would definitely be a great dinner for a book club! I love that you have a book club… and time to read.

Lauren Nolan

Friday 16th of January 2015

Such a fun night! Thanks again for having us!! xoxo

thekittchen

Saturday 17th of January 2015

Thanks for coming!

thekittchen