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Somber's Dish - Dump Salad

Updated on May 3, 2014
5 stars from 2 ratings of Dump Salad


This dump salad, is simply that.

A bunch of things we simply tossed into a salad one day when we didn't really know what to make for a side dish one early evening to go with our dinner. It turned out pretty good. The best thing about a dump salad is you just toss in whatever you have. Got a few cherry tomatoes, plop them in!

It's that simple.

The idea behind this kind of salad, is just to get rid of whatever you happen to have in your chill chest, although this particular recipe is quite tasty.

Although a lot of flavors and textures can be good, try to limit yourself to about ten items when it comes to dump salads. That's just about right, not too much, and not too little.

Cook Time

Prep time: 25 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 5-7


  1. Chop the lettuce, green pepper, cucumber carrots, and sweet onion, and place them in a large enough bowl that it has room to be tossed properly.
  2. Mix the mayonnaise and the sugar together, until they're well blended.
  3. Gradually pour the dressing over the salad to taste, tossing gently until everything is evenly coated. Some people like more dressing than others.
  4. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese, and if you feel like it, salt and pepper to taste.

Ingredients for salad

  • 1 large head lettuce, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, grated
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 2 cups Hellman's Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1-2 cups cheese, shredded
  • a pinch of salt and pepper, if desired

Some Notes

  • You can substitute Hellman's mayo for any type that you may like.
  • Add some bits of fried bacon for an added salty crunch.
  • Cheddar cheese works well, but so does any other cheese with a kick to it.
  • The key to a good dump salad, is to just throw in what you have. Cherry tomatoes, celery, cabbage, minced garlic, anything really.
  • A squeeze of lemon right at the end, along with some zest heightens the flavor.
  • Get creative with fruit too. Diced apples and strawberries add sweetness.

Picky little eaters?

It's a known fact that not all kids love healthy food, especially when it comes to salads. However, children will sometimes be more apt to eat something they've helped to make. There's a few ways to get them involved with this dish:

  • Allow them to help mix the dressing and toss the salad.
  • Let them decide on an ingredient they would like to eat. Raisins, pickled beats, sundried plumbs, radishes, orange slices, or seedless watermelon. There are any number of things you can add to this salad that are great for the little ones to enjoy.
  • If you have the time, have them shred the lettuce by hand. If you're going to be in the kitchen for a while, this is a great way to keep them busy.
  • If they're old enough to use a greater with supervision, have your child grate the carrots and measure them.

Tasty, healthy treat!

Sometimes all it takes is a little food fun. If you have a little juice, such as orange juice, grape juice, or cranberry juice, something with color, you have a fun, easy project at your disposal. Add a little juice to their portion of the dressing makes for a fun sweet flavor that kids will love.

Other things you can do:

  • You could always take some pickled beats and cut them into fun little shapes like stars and hearts. They're sweet, and tangy, so kids love them.
  • Same goes for the cucumbers, cutting them into shapes make them fun to eat for picky little eaters.
  • If they don't like cheddar cheese, go with string cheese, that's a kid favorite too, and tastes pretty good in the salad.

Final Thoughts

I love dump salad, and it's an easy, go to recipe.

We've through everything from leftovers from the thanksgiving turkey to bacon bits, dried plums to picked beats, even cabbage and snow peas. It's a good all around salad, that, when you get lazy you can make a bunch of it, pop it in your chill chest, and it'll keep for a few days, as long as you keep the dressing separate.

Although, purely by accident one time, we made a pretty decent slaw from it when replacing lettuce with just goes to show how versatile this really is. Hope you enjoy it, I know my family does.


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