Monday, August 15, 2011

Pineapple Lettuce Salad

This is a salad that my mother-in-law regularly makes at her house.  I was probably married to her son 10 years before I got brave enough to try it LOL.  Something about pineapple, cheese, and lettuce just DID NOT sound good to me.  Boy was I WRONG!  This is now my favorite salad and she makes it for me often.  I'm wishing I hadn't waited all those years to try it!  I wasted some important pineapple salad eating in those 10 years! 

Whenever we have spaghetti or lasagna, I always have to have this salad!  Also goes terrific with ham dinners LOL!  This combination may sound a little strange, but trust me when I tell you, it is delicious!  Also, I think this is a great recipe for cooking from the pantry.  Give it a try!

"Pineapple Lettuce" (This is what we call it!)

Ingredients for the salad:

  • 1 head rinsed, drained, and chopped lettuce
  • 1 can chunk pineapple
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons juice from draining the can of pineapple

  • Rinse the lettuce, removing the core. Drain for a few minutes on a tea towel. Chop lettuce as you would for salad. Put it in a bowl.
  • Drain the can of chunk pineapple, reserving the juice for use in the dressing. Place the pineapple on top of the lettuce in the bowl.
  • Top the lettuce and pineapple in the bowl with grated cheddar cheese.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients. Stirring well to dissolve the sugar. Wait to add the dressing until just before you are ready to serve the salad. When ready to serve, drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss the entire salad to incorporate the dressing, cheese, pineapple, and lettuce. Its divine!
This salad is not great leftover. Everything kind of wilts, so if you are preparing this for single servings, just keep the lettuce, pineapple, cheese, and dressing in separate containers to make up single servings and to keep the ingredients themselves separate until you make another salad.


  1. I haven't looked at your profile but you must be in the South! My family always had a salad like this and I would never try it growing up. The mayo and cheese always made me shy away. I was wrong too. When I finally got up enough nerve to give it a try, I knew why they always served it. Thanks for the memories!

  2. Hello! Actually, I come from the South, but have lived in the midwest for most of my adult life (Missouri). And its the Missouri in-laws who turned me on to this delicious recipe! Maybe I'll have to make it for my southern family when I visit!

    Thanks for posting! I love to see that someone appreciates my posts!



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