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Mar 13, 2014 06:55 AM

Salad ideas for a crowd?

We're having a party for about 50 people for our son's first birthday and are going to grill kabobs and do salads. The kabobs will be Moroccan style so I'm trying to come up with some salad ideas that have a sort of Mediterranean bent and would be easy or at least not too scary to make for 50.

Grandma is bringing a cucumber salad (sour cream, red onions) I was thinking of a quinoa salad and a green salad but would so appreciate your ideas and favorite recipes. Would love ideas that can be prepped or at least partially prepped 1-2 days in advance. If not quinoa, a substitute that would be as easy to make (I envision boiling potatoes for that much potato salad becoming a fiasco).

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Taboulee, tastes even better after a few day to marinate.

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    1. re: treb

      +1 on tabbouleh - this would go well with the kabobs; if you make this ahead, which you certainly can, I would hold off on adding the tomatoes until a few hours before serving.

    2. I would make a couple of very large bowls of Chopped Salad. You can cut most everything in advance and toss together with a light lemony (read Mediteranean) vinaigrette.

      For your menu I would chop:
      Red Cabbage
      Broccoli (chopped small this is a nice texture)
      Red Onions
      Cucumber (I would add these later for the watery factor)
      Halved Grape Tomatoes
      Red or Orange Peppers
      Adding some marinated pepper rings & olives would be nice.

      I made a similar type of "everything but the kitchen sink" salads for a homeless camp a friend was serving dinner to. She said everyone absolutely loved the salad.

      A sprinkle of feta or goat cheese on top right before serving would be nice.

      Have fun!

      1. I make a version of a quinoa salad that holds up well and generally pleases people - I do not really gave a recipe per se as it sort of evolves but it has a basis of Quinoa, Citrus fruit , usually oranges, and Avocado - I usually dress it will a cilantro/lime/garlic dressing - and keep the dice pretty chunky so it does not turn into a mush- there can be other ingredients but that is the basis -generally throw in some chopped Kale for extra color.

        1. Carrot Coin salad. Can last for over a week and gets better with age. If you don't normally have celery seed don't buy it just for this recipe, not needed. There are many variations on the web, this is close to the one I make. Some recipes don't cook the sauce, just whisk it all together. I think you need to cook it for best flavor.