Warp-Speed because you make it in the microwave - no all-day cooking for this spicy-sweet spread! My kids like to put it on their toast, and pretend they're having pumpkin pie for breakfast! It does taste like pumpkin pie filling, and makes a wonderful hostess gift. Make sure your recipient puts this right into the refrigerator! NOTE: Don't try to "home can" this. It's hard to get the dense-textured pumpkin hot enough in the center to assure it has processed properly, and from what I've seen, the USDA recommends against it. Just make a small batch up when you want to give someone a treat! Microwave times are approximate, as ovens vary.
When I got engaged, at my bridal shower we served this salad and everyone loved it. I then started making it for my friend's bridal showers. It is a great hit and has a wonderful taste. Definately different from the usual salads. I usually cut up all the vegetables the night before so on the day of the party all I have to do is mix it up. Perfect for a crowd.