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Old 02-08-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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Soup and Salad Luncheon

I need some ideas for a Soup and Salad Luncheon for 175 (ladies). Coming up in April. What are your favorite soup & salad pairings?

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Old 02-08-2012, 12:37 PM   #2
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Cream of broccoli soup with asiago/ roast beef sandwich
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
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If your function is in April you may want to steer clear of heavy cream soups. Some nice choices would be a nice minestrone or tortellini soup or even a home made chicken vegetable.

As for sandwiches, a small selection is always good in case there are vegetarians or people who don't eat certain meats.
- turkey with lettuce, mustard and mayo
- ham and swiss
- avocado and cucumber (can add cream cheese)
- lettuce, tomato, cucumber and red bell peppers

That's just some ideas. Hope it helps!
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:55 PM   #4
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How many pairings are you planning?
What are your facilities for preparing/reheating?
Do you have dietary restrictions? (vegetarian/vegan, kosher, dairy restrictions)
What sort of budget are you working? (penny pinching, modest but nice, sky's the limit)

I love cream of crab soup, or a seafood bisque but for 175 people that could get spendy.
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:17 PM   #5
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Good questions, Frank.

I wasn't quite going for pairings but a selection of soups and sammies. I guess I didn't read properly
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:17 PM   #6
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Just some soup ideas,

Broccoli Cheddar
Spicy Chili
Wedding
Chicken Noodle

For the sandwiches, (or wraps)

Roast Beef, with horseradish mayo and cheddar
Turkey, with honey or dijon mustard , lettuce, tomato and pepperjack cheese
Chicken Salad, with provolone
Grilled cheese w/ ham or bacon.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:20 PM   #7
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It's soup and SALAD pairings. I like a combo of light and heavier in either direction.


Vichyssoise and a simple Arugula Salad with shaved parmesan and a lemon vinaigrette

Tomato Consomme with a Salad Nicoise
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:49 PM   #8
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Don't know why I was thinking sandwiches, perhaps because it was lunch time here.

Can't go wrong with a Spinach salad w/ hard boiled egg, bacon, shaved carrot, tomato, and honey french dressing.

Also, I personally like a chopped salad with bleu cheese crumbles, tomato, croutons (or potato sticks) and aged balsamic.
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Don't worry, Mikey, we all got it wrong!

I agree with Jenny with the heavier/light parings but again, since it is spring you don't want to go too heavy.

Potato & Leek Soup with a nice apple slaw works well
Cheese Tortellini (broth) Soup with a Caesar salad
Chicken Noodle with a garden salad containing tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.
Vegetable or Minestrone with a BLT Salad and ranch dressing.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:25 PM   #10
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I am not big on creamy soups, but recently somebody asked me to make it for about 100 people. Instead I made vegetable soup and pureed the whole thing, people loved it. It was creamy without the cream. And in April it would be nice to have baby greens or a spring mix, I think it’s called, with some vinegrate dressing.
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