Memorial Day in America is the end of May and is viewed as the unofficial start of summer. With summer comes parades, trips to the lake or beach, picnics, and barbeques. You may not be hosting, but your mom, Aunt Edna, or maybe your boss are and they give the dreaded “just bring a side” recommendation. If you’re like most people, you’re working on a budget (and if you’re here, you’re probably doing surveys with PointClub to give yourself some additional cash).
Sure, you could grab a bag of chips or a veggie platter on your way, but maybe you want to wow a bit. Or at least make an impression. But you don’t want to break the bank, either. We at PointClub thought we’d share some inexpensive and easy to make side dishes as suggestions. Prices are estimates and may vary at your local grocery.
Watergate Salad (sometimes called Pistachio Fluff)
Pistachio instant pudding mix
Cool Whip 8oz
Maraschino Cherries 16oz
Pineapple Tidbits 20oz
Mini Marshmallows 16oz
Chopped Walnuts (optional)
Estimated Cost = $14.36
It’s better to make this salad the day before the event, and let it sit untouched overnight in the refrigerator.
- Open and drain the cherries and pineapple. Set aside.
- Empty Cool Whip into bowl (the one you intend to take to the event).
- Stir pudding mix into Cool Whip. It will turn a pale green.
- Stir in cherries and pineapple (and walnuts, if you opted for them).
- Carefully fold in the marshmallows. You want to make sure they’re incorporated well, but don’t mix enough to break them down.
- Cover and leave in fridge overnight. It will be ready to eat the next day. By then the marshmallows will have softened. Keep cool if you can.
Amish Broccoli Salad
1 head broccoli chopped *
1 head cauliflower chopped *
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
½ cup sugar
½ tsp salt
½ lb bacon, fried & crumbled
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Estimated Cost = $18.46
* We’re all about easy, so we’re likely to buy a bag of raw, chopped veggies.
- Combine chopped broccoli and cauliflower in large bowl.
- In separate bowl combine mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, and salt to make dressing.
- Add dressing to vegetables and stir well until coated.
- Stir in bacon and cheese, holding a small amount aside for garnish on top.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Tri-Color Pasta Salad
Tricolor Pasta 12oz
Black Olives 6oz
Peppers & Onions, pre-diced
Pepperoni, sliced 6oz
Italian Dressing 16oz
Feta Cheese 5-6oz
Estimated Cost = $18.96
- Cook pasta until it is al dente. Rinse and set aside to cool.
- Drain olives and cut pepperoni into ¼ slices.
- Add olives, peppers, onions, pepperoni, and feta cheese to cooled pasta.
- Pour in ¾ of the dressing and stir well.
- Cover and refrigerate. Stir in last ¼ of salad dressing before serving.
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