Another 1950s Picture Salad: Candle Salad

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 0 mins

Back in the 50s picture salads were popular and this one, perhaps, the most popular one of all. One-half of a banana and a pineapple slice makes an upright candle which can be trimmed in a number of ways. This version comes from Penzey's monthly magazine. An alternate version is given below; it comes from a church cookbook.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Blend the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon together with a mixer. Reserve.
  2. Peel bananas and cut in half crosswise. Remove the tips.
  3. Divide the lettuce among 4 plates Place a pineapple ring in the center of each plate. Fill the center with reserved cream cheese mixture. Place a banana (pointed end up) upright in the center of pineapple ring. Top the banana with a gumdrop "flame." Squeeze a little cream cheese m mixture onto the tip of each "candle" to represent wax.
  4. NOTE: As an alternate to the cream cheese mixture above, mix two tablespoons mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon peanut butter. Pour over "candle." Use a maraschino cherry for the "flame" instead of the gumdrop.