Homecoming weekend is here for OSU. In fact, as I write this, the Sea of Orange parade is probably making its way through downtown Stillwater. As I take a moment to remember the good times I had at Oklahoma State, a burst of nostalgia sets in. All I can do to ‘be there’ right now is wear my orange shirt and raise a toast to my beloved Alma mater.
In the spirit of celebrating Brand Orange, my Homecoming recipe has to have orange in it. This is the simplest possible recipe and is close to my heart. This was my favorite go to dessert at school – the one I always chose over fancy cakes, cobblers, and the gourmet Blue Bell ice cream at the cafeteria.
Five Cup Salad is a classic, and requires no cooking which means you can make it even if you are living in a dorm. Although, if you are currently on a meal plan, you probably see this on your salad bar in the OSU cafeterias.
I currently do not have a photo of this so I am reproducing one from a fellow food blogger. You can click on the image to visit her blog.
The fruits here are canned, and I suggest you keep them that way. After all, this is supposed to be quick and easy!
The recipe for five cup salad is as follows –
Five Cup Salad is a classic, and requires no cooking which means you can make it even if you are living in a dorm. In the spirit of celebrating Brand Orange.
- 1 cup mandarin oranges
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup sour cream
- Drain the liquid from the mandarin oranges and keep aside. Drain syrup from the pineapple and keep aside.
- You can use pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple according to your preference.
- Add all ingredients to a bowl. Mix gently.
- Add a little syrup according to how loose you want it. I would not add much myself.
- Refrigerate overnight or for a few hours. Serve.
There are some variations out there. Some people add nuts. Some add other fruits to make this a 7 cup or 8 cup salad. But I would not change it at all.
If you remember eating this classic fruit salad, how about taking a walk down memory lane and enjoying it again? If you have never tasted this, you must try it.
If you don’t like sour cream or it is not easily available to you, substitute with 1 cup of Greek Yogurt (chakka in Marathi).