Retro Recipe: He-Man Salad (Blogtoberfest Day 8)

I have a very large collection of retro cookbooks and recipe pamphlets. I am fascinated by the era of the late 40s to mid 60s. I love the design of the clothes of those times, the illustrations, the hairstyles, culture, the music, the architecture, the cars and of course, the food.

I started playing with one of my recipe pamphlets this afternoon and wanted to share a recipe from my copy of ‘Tasty Salad Recipes’ by Lora Lee Parrott. Isn’t that a fabulous name? Anyhoo, flipping through the pamphlet my eyes caught the title of He-Man Salad; how could I not use that one?! I haven’t tried this recipe, although I have tried many of those from my collection.

One day I want to host an authentic retro dinner party. All foods from recipes of the time, music of the time and guests must dress in period. Ah, one day!

The image above is the result of my playing. The two illustrations come from the cover of the booklet and the rest is from my own little hands. I had so much fun making the image that I think I shall do more! I hope you enjoy these images, too.

* Soundtrack: I Don’t Want to Set the World On Fire by The Inkspots.


  1. I love what you’ve created! The whole style of it is just so adorable. Though I don’t know that I like the sound of the salad lol. Mayonnaise and I have a tenuous relationship and celery and I have a love-hate relationship. It can be a hard life sometimes.


  2. I don’t think I would eat this salad either, it’s very odd! But that is part of why I love retro recipes – the odd combinations (but only to read about lol)

    Celery free house here – the Husbitect is allergic to it, so it is banned! I use fennel instead, nom!


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