RECIPE WEDNESDAY: Beef Salad from 1934


Recipe from Hotel Roosevelt, New York, NY


Put two cups of minced boiled beef one-half cup minced onions, one pimento, cut in small pieces, one-half cup diced boiled potato, two chopped green peppers, two sliced tomatoes, one chopped clove of garlic and a bit of chopped parsley in a salad bowl.

Hotel Roosevelt postcard

Toss lightly with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are covered with dressing. Serve on crisp lettuce and garnish with olives, diamond-shaped pieces of pimento and squares of green pepper.

If you want to have a real vacation from the kitchen on the day that you have served beef salad, serve jellied soup, crisp rolls or bread sticks with the salad and then a frozen ice-box dessert, all of which can be prepared the day before or in the early morning hours while it’s cool.

An excellent plan would be to have a hot meal with boiled beef and horseradish sauce one day and then the beef salad the next. If there still is some beef left, make luncheon or supper sandwiches.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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One comment

  1. Victoria Stanz Abernathy

    The old Purifoy Hotel, Anniston, cookbook has some marvelous things if you can find one..

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