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Melba's Swap Shop

Melba Lovelace shares recipes, insights and inspiration in her weekly swap shop.
Oklahoman Published: June 25, 2014

Swap Shop


DEAR MELBA: One of my favorite things to eat at Dodson’s Cafeteria those many years ago was Cauliflower Salad.

I have tried many recipes but never have come close to it. However, you sent me a recipe. I tried it, with a few changes, and it was perfect. Whether it’s really Dodson’s recipe or not, it’s still good.


1 head cauliflower

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sliced stuffed pimiento olives

11/2 tablespoons minced onions



Into large mixing bowl, slice each section of cauliflower in very thin slices. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise with olives and onions. Stir into cauliflower. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. It should serve 10 or 12.

— Zil King, Oklahoma City

I talked with Charlotte Dodson, former owner of Dodson’s Cafeteria, and she said the secret to this salad is to be sure to slice the cauliflower as thin as you can, and not to substitute salad dressing but to use mayonnaise.

— Melba

DEAR MELBA: This is such a good salad, I thought you might want to share the recipe with your readers.


1 can (20 ounces) sliced peaches, drained, reserve juice

1 can (20 ounces) sliced pears, drained

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained

2 bananas, sliced horizontally

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1 package (33/4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix

In large mixing bowl, cut up fruit and toss. Pour dry pudding mix over all and stir gently. If needed, add some of the reserved peach juice. Refrigerate overnight. Serves 10 or 12.

— Marie, Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: I work with NICU Helping Hands as a volunteer seamstress. This organization uses donated wedding gowns to make “Angel Gowns” for babies who do not get to leave the hospital. When the “Angel Gowns” are completed they are sent to Fort Worth, Texas, to be wrapped in a white box with tissue and then sent to hospitals that have requested to be in the NICU network. Unfortunately and sadly, NICU Helping Hands cannot keep up with the demand for the “Angel Gowns.”

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