A traditional candle salad
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|Lettuce, pineapple, banana, cherry, mayonnaise or cottage cheese|
|strawberry yogurt, alfalfa sprouts|
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Candle salad is a vintage fruit salad that was popular in America during the 1950s and 1960s. The salad is typically composed of lettuce, pineapple, banana, cherry, and either mayonnaise or, according to some recipes, cottage cheese. Whipped cream may also be used. The process is as follows: First arrange a few leaves of lettuce on a plate or decorative napkin. This forms the salad's base. Then stack pineapple rings on top of the lettuce, providing a niche for inserting one whole (or more often half) peeled banana. For garnish the banana is topped with choice of cream and a cherry. Modern authority Amy Sedaris appeared on Bravo TV's Watch What Happens L!VE to prepare candle salad on a segment titled "Craft Time with Amy Sedaris."
A favorite for moms, candle salad was known as an easy way to get kids to eat fruit because of its unusual appearance. It was also considered a child-friendly introduction to cooking because of its simple construction. The recipe for candle salad was published in the 1950 edition of A Child's First Cook Book by Alma S. Lach, one of the first cookbooks written for children. It is also in the 1957 edition of the Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls with the description, “It’s better than a real candle because you can eat it.”  A version of this salad appeared in the Mormon magazine for children (called "The Friend") in 2008, which included a bed of alfalfa sprouts and strawberry yogurt drizzled over the top of the banana to look like dripping candle wax.Mormon bloggers have also republished this recipe, and it has become a shorthand way of mocking the content from LDS publishers.