Salad Delight

Salad Delight has tropical fruit, fluffy marshmallows, and whipped cream and toasted coconut.  It makes this vintage dessert perfect for the holidays, cookouts or anytime. 

Salad Delight in a bowl with slider sandwiches and a craft beer off to the side.

This Mitten Movie Night I’m taking it to the tropics so salad delight it is! Don’t let the name fool you this ‘salad’ is a tropical fruit salad that is a sweet treat. Fruits, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.  I may not be able to escape to a warmer climate right now but I can make this salad delight, sit under a bright light with sunglasses and sip on a mango sour beer.  Sounds good, huh?

What TV show pairs well with fruit salad?

Recommended watching: We are catching up on a new to us show, Atlanta.  If you are a fan of Donald Glover either the show he started in Community or his music you will see him at his finest in this drama.  A little thing you may not know about him thought (and no he is NOT related to Danny Glover) he was actually discovered by Tina Fey and wrote for my favorite show ever, 30 Rock.

What beer pairs well with Salad Delight?

The beer: In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.

With this, I am serving it as a side with some slider sandwiches.  A perfect beer to pair this with is In The Flesh from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing.  I’m a really big fan of sour beers and this one made with mango is on the top of my favorites list. The sourness does cut the sweetness of the salad. Delicious!

Now on to this salad delight that’s not a salad at all.

Salad Delight in a bowl ready to eat.

How to make Salad Delight:

While I do usually like to have pictures of each step there simply was no reason for it.  All you have to do is set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw.  You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator.  Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.

Next, open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too.  You don’t want it making your salad runny.

In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana, and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.

In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter.  Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes.  Take off the stove and let cool.

Sprinkle on top of the salad.

And here you are…..

Salad Delight in a bowl ready to eat.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Salad Delight
Don't let the name fool you! Salad delight is a sweet treat. Fruit, marshmallows and whipped cream topped with toasted coconut. This vintage recipe stands the test of time and perfect for holidays, picnics or any night of the week.
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
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servings
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Salad Delight | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Set the whipped cream and frozen fruit on the counter and let thaw. You could also do this overnight in the refrigerator. Once the items have thawed make sure to drain the frozen fruit as it may have water in the bottom.
  2. Next open the can of crushed pineapple and drain that too. You don't want it making your salad runny.
  3. In a medium sized bowl add the fruit, pineapple, whipped cream, chopped banana and marshmallows. Mix to combine all the ingredients.
  4. In a small pan on the stove over medium heat melt 1/2 tsp of butter. Add the coconut and toast for 2-3 minutes. Take off the stove and let cool.
  5. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the salad. Enjoy!

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake

White cake is ‘poked’ and filled with peppermint mocha pudding. Top with a simple whipped cream topping and chopped peppermint bark.  Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake is an easy holiday dessert everyone will love.

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

The holidays are so much fun around here.  Not only do we have Christmas coming but it’s also a time for several birthdays in our family.  Just a few days before Christmas we celebrate my Mother -In-Law’s.  After spending the week with her recently I found out she has a peppermint mocha obsession so I decided to bake her something I know she will love, Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake.

While we were in Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving I found out that my MIL has a ‘Starbucks’ Sixth Sense.  It was like she could sniff one out from 300 feet away.  She would say “I’ll be right back!” then return with a steaming cup of Starbucks Peppermint Mocha with delight in her eyes.  I think it was her favorite thing to do next to eating at Be Our Guest.  I hope she enjoys this cake as much as she enjoyed that Starbucks!

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Feel free to cook the white cake mix per package directions.  For me, that is usually just a ‘guide’.  Most boxed cake mixes call for water which I will substitute with milk.  Or for my Piña Colada Upside Down Cake I added pineapple juice.  Mix it up! And this trick works for most baked goods.  Take my Chocolate Cherry Cafe Brownies, for example, I used coffee instead of milk or water.  Turned out great!

How to make Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake:

For this particular recipe, I used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup milk, and 3 eggs.

Mix then add the batter to a 13″ x 9″ greased pan then put into a preheated 350-degree oven.

Bake for 34-38 minutes.

Take out to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it’s time to ‘poke’ it.  Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.  Once it’s been sufficiently poked now it’s time to prepare the pudding.

With an electric mixer blend together the milk, peppermint mocha creamer and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, about 3 minutes.

Pour the pudding over top of the ake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.  Now lick the bowl, you know you want to! 

Refrigerator to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.

Just before serving frost with the whipped cream.  Chop up the peppermint bark and sprinkle over the top.

So festive!  And here you are….

Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Happy Holidays!

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Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake is a fluffy white cake 'poked' and filled with pudding. Top with whipped cream and peppermint bark. A great holiday treat!
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
White Cake
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
Topping
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake, Holiday
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 38 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
White Cake
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
Topping
Peppermint Mocha Poke Cake | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
White Cake
  1. For this particular recipe I used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup milk and 3 eggs. Mix then add the batter to a 13" x 9" greased pan then put into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 34-38 minutes. Take out to cool for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Once the cake has cooled down a bit now it's time to 'poke' it. Take a straw and insert to make holes all over the cake.
Peppermint Mocha Pudding
  1. With an electric mixer blend together the milk, peppermint mocha creamer and chocolate pudding mix until completely blended, around 3 minutes. Pour the pudding over top of cake then use a spatula to spread evenly while pushing the pudding into the poke marks.
  2. Refrigerator to let the pudding set for around 2-3 hours.
Topping
  1. Just before serving frost with the whipped cream. Chop up the peppermint bark and sprinkle over the top.

Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie

Did you know that Tuesday was National Pretzel Day ? When I saw this I knew that I had to make & share one of my favorite desserts. It has a sweet citrusy center and a crisp, salty crust made of…you guessed it ~ Pretzels!  It’s Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie.

This is actually a take on a recipe that my Mother-In-Law makes. When I asked where she got it from she said a friend who she worked with made it. So where the original recipe comes from I can’t quit say but it’s delicious and I’m sure a classic in many households by now. I will never forget her making this for me and bringing it over right after we brought our now 9 yr. old home from the hospital. It was just the pick me up I needed to get through the long nights with a newborn.

My Mother-In-Law calls it ‘Margarita Pie’. Here is her hand written recipe card if you prefer to stick to her original version.

Pretzel Pie

For me I changed up the recipe to what it finally became which is Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie. When she came over with the recipe she brought me a can of sweetened condensed milk so I was literally had everything for this pie BUT the orange juice. I looked in my refrigerator and I had Cherry Limeade so it only made sense to make a few minor changes and Viola! This new version of the ‘Margarita Pie’ that I know and love was created and it was just as good as the original.

So on to the recipe. Gather your ingredients.

Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie

First, crush up some pretzels. I took about 1/2 a bag of my 2 yr. olds beloved Meijer Alphabet pretzels (Shhhh, don’t tell him!) and rolled them with a rolling pin to crush them. Roll to desired consistency. I like big pieces but you may prefer them as a finer texture.

Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie

Melt 1/2 cup butter while crushing the pretzels. When done add them to your greased pie plate with 1/4 cup sugar.

Pretzel Crust

Mix it all together and form the crust on the bottom and around the sides of the pie plate.

Pretzel Crust

In separate bowl you are going to combine everything BUT your whipped topping. Once combined you will then fold in your whipped topping.

Spoon it into your crust.

Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie

Refrigerate until chilled which takes a good 4-6 hours.  A perfect no-bake treat for any occasion. And here you are….

Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Cherry Limeade Pretzel Pie
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pretzel Crust
Cherry Limeade Filling
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pie
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Pretzel Crust
Cherry Limeade Filling
Instructions
Pretzel Crust
  1. Crush pretzels to make 1 1/4 cup crushed pretzels.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup butter while crushing the pretzels.
  3. Add 1/4 cup sugar to greased pie plate. Add crushed pretzels and meted butter to plate with sugar.
  4. Mix it all together and form the crust on the bottom and around the sides of the pie plate.
Cherry Limeade Filling
  1. In separate bowl you are going to combine everything BUT your whipped topping. Stir to combine.
  2. Once combined you will then fold in your whipped topping.
  3. Spoon combined filling into pretzel pie crust.
  4. Refrigerate until chilled for 4-6 hours.

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