Betty’s Salad for #SundaySupper is a classic Ohio salad full of fresh spinach, crispy bacon, hard boiled eggs and a rich, tangy dressing.
I have so many things that I want to talk about today, but first let me start off by wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day!
You might be wondering a little about this salad. Well, let me give you a little bit of the background of this regional favorite. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio you couldn’t go to a potluck or summer picnic without coming across a Betty’s Salad. This salad is known for it’s fresh spinach, crumbled bacon, hardboiled eggs and tangy reddish/orange salad dressing. It’s a flavor combination that brings to mind visions of childhood summertime. Sunshine, grass, families and fun. And of course, my mom.
Betty’s Salad was actually created by Betty Timko who had a restaurant, called Timko’s Soup and Such, just blocks away from my childhood home. This salad was on the menu and even after the restaurant closed, it remained a classic in our area. You can even buy jars of Betty’s dressing in grocery stores in Ohio.
I told you it was a classic.
It had been a while since I had thought about this salad and a few weeks ago I went into the small local grocery store near my kiddos school to pick up a few things for dinner. While wandering by the deli counter, I saw that they had Betty’s Salad! Well, I couldn’t not get some, so I popped it in my cart and went home. The Baby wanted to share and by ‘share’ she meant eat all of the eggs and bacon. We need to work on her idea of sharing a little bit, but I couldn’t blame her, those are my favorite parts, too. Most of me was just thrilled because she was loving something that I had such fond memories of as a kid.
It made me think that I really wanted to make my own at home so the Buddy and my husband could try it and I started looking into recipes for the dressing and found a few different versions. Every recipe had oil, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and sugar in slightly different proportions. Yes, it has ketchup, just go with it. So I picked one and tweaked it to fit my memories.
When I served the salad to my family my husband chuckled at my ‘ketchup dressing’ but proceeded to clean his plate, so I figured it must have tasted pretty good. Betty’s Salad is a simple, but perfectly flavor balanced salad that takes me straight back to my childhood. I’m so glad to have rediscovered it just in time for Mother’s Day.
Yield: 4 servings Place oil, sugar, salt, pepper, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and onion in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. In a salad bowl, toss together romaine and spinach. Top with bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and serve. Enjoy!
Betty's Salad Recipe
Yield: 4 servings
Place oil, sugar, salt, pepper, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and onion in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside. In a salad bowl, toss together romaine and spinach. Top with bean sprouts, hard boiled eggs and bacon. Drizzle with dressing and serve.
The last tidbit that I want to share today is that I’m so excited to be joining the #SundaySupper movement celebrating families gathering around the dinner table. If you’re looking for some more Mother’s Day dinner inspiration, look no further than our Sunday Supper table!
Mother’s Day Breakfast:
- Bacon,Egg and Cheddar Scones from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Chai Berry Muffins from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chocolate Almond Prune Bread from What Smells So Good?
- Greek Breakfast Strata from Curious Cuisiniere
- Maple Almond Butter from girlichef
- Orange Julius from Neighborfood
- Rum Rolls from Daily Dish Recipes
- Slow Cooker Eggs with an Asian Accent from NinjaBaking.com
Mother’s Day Appetizers, Soups and Salads:
- Asparagus and Prosciutto Crostini from Hip Foodie Mom
- Carrot Ginger Soup from Confessions of a Culinary Diva
- Chilled Spring Pea Soup from An Appealing Plan
- I Love You Mom Melon Salad from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Strawberry Salad with Asparagus Mousse from Delaware Girl Eats
- Truffled Sea Salt Shrimp Arugula Salad from Family Foodie
- Vegetable Shu Mai from My Healthy Eating Habits
Mother’s Day Main Dishes:
- Betty’s Salad from Jelly Toast
- Brussels Sprouts Kofta from Soni’s Food
- Cajun Shrimp Eggplant Casserole from Food Lust People Love
- Crepes Lorraine from Noshing With The Nolands
- Greek Chicken Pizza from Casa de Crews
- Ham and Spinach Quiche from Try Anything Once Culinary
- Lightened-Up Penne & Tomato Cream Sauce with Peas & Prosciutto from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Mac & Cheese Dressed Up for Mother’s Day from Cooking Chat
- Mini Pot Pies from Jane’s Adventures in Cooking
- Paprika Shrimp from Nosh My Way
- Spears in a Blanket from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Mother’s Day Desserts:
- Banana Cream Pie from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Black-Eyed Susan from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cannoncini alla Crema from Manu’s Menu
- Chocolate Babka from Run DMT
- Chocolate Caramel Tart from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Creme Brûlée from Desserts Required
- Frozen Strawberry Cheesecake from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
- Gluten Free Lemon Curd Pie from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Lemon Cookies from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Limoncello Lemon Pound Cake from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Mom’s Glazed Blueberry Tarts from The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Mom’s Coconut Macaroons from MealDiva
- Mango Sorbet from Pescetarian Journal
- PB&J Macaron from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Peach Cobbler from Cookin’ Mimi
- Pina Colada Cake from The Foodie Army Wife
- Pineapple Empanadas from La Cocina de Leslie
- Scotch Tea Cookies from Shockingly Delicious
- Strawberry Shortcake Whipped Cream Cupcakes from Seduction in the Kitchen
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Pies and Plots
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