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Cereal Theme Dinner - Salad Course

EllieS Aug 15, 2013 04:23 PM

My sister has been invited to a potluck dinner where the theme is cereal - I have no idea why this theme was chosen. Easy enough for some courses, but she was asked to bring a salad. Does anyone have a salad that uses cereal in any way? My only idea for her was to use one of the relatively healthy cereals in place of croutons in a regular salad.


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    relizabeth Aug 16, 2013 04:01 PM

    The momofuku brussel sprouts recipe uses rice krispies. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

    She could make an summery salad using that dressing and add rice krispies.

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      jpc8015 Aug 16, 2013 07:46 AM

      I like your cereal for croutons idea. I would throw some Wheat Chex on a sheet pan with a little olive oil and salt to toast in the oven for just bit.

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        WNYamateur Aug 16, 2013 06:42 AM

        Isn't bulgur close enough to cereal? Wouldn't tabbouleh fit the bill?

        1. Emme Aug 15, 2013 10:40 PM

          cracklin oat bran panzanella?

          chilled grilled/roasted vegetable salad -- crush up some complete flakes or chex and use in combo with herbs and/or parmesan cheese and/or balsamic and oil etc. to bread the veggie slices before grilling or roasting.

          1. tim irvine Aug 15, 2013 07:33 PM

            Shredded wheat Caprese anyone?

            1. greygarious Aug 15, 2013 06:43 PM

              If there's Trader Joe's where you live, Just the Clusters Ginger Almond Cashew variety, which is similar to granola, is a good substitute for croutons in an Asian-style salad: assorted greens/mesclun, soy-ginger dressing, etc.

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                tracytrace Aug 15, 2013 06:41 PM

                Crispix toasted in butter and worcestershire sauce is awesomely savoury, and could be used as croutons, with lettuce, onions, amd tomatoes, and a vinaigrette with a splash of more worcestershire.

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                  Ttrockwood Aug 15, 2013 06:31 PM

                  She can make cheese patties or balls using a very soft cheese like goats cheese or farmers cheese and roll in seasoned and spiced crushed bran flakes or corn flakes. I have had the original fiber one twigs sprinkled over salad before too.

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                    valerie Aug 15, 2013 05:15 PM

                    I used to sprinkle Grape Nuts over a salad. I haven't done it in years but it was a staple in my house when I was growing up. Oddly enough, we never ate Grape Nuts in a bowl with milk, only on salad!

                    1. MidwesternerTT Aug 15, 2013 04:57 PM

                      Maybe look at some Oatmeal Salad recipes, too, where toasted oatmeal is used in place of nuts, or layered in with fruit/yogurt

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                        Tara57 Aug 15, 2013 04:37 PM

                        Croutons are a good idea. She can toast the cereal in butter and spices. Cheerios are tasty toasted like this, although I have never tried them over a salad.

                        She could bake bran or oatmeal bread and use that to make croutons.

                        I make a fruit salad with layers of fruit, yogurt, and granola.

                        Maybe use corn flakes as the breading for chicken or vegetable cutlets and use those to top a salad.

                        Would rice or grains count as a cereal? You can find lots of rice and grain salad recipes.

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                        1. re: Tara57
                          hotoynoodle Aug 16, 2013 05:53 AM

                          i'm with you on the fruit salad. it doesn't have to have "cereal" in it, since everything else will, and the natural acidity of the fruits will be a good-offset to lucky charms and cocoa puffs.

                          could also probably skip the yogurt, since most will be eating the cereals with milk?

                          gah. i hope somebody is bringing some eggs at least. :P

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