Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Inviting Salads Around Your Table

When we lived in Peru (South America), Nancy, a fellow missionary wife invited me to a luncheon at her house along with four other missionary wives. She wanted us to get together and enjoy a time of fellowship. Her plan was for each one of us to bring a different type of salad to share.

"So, Sharon," Nancy asked after I accepted her invitation, "What kind of salad will you bring? I don't want duplicates."

Salad? Salad means lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers, right? "Umm, I don't know, I guess I'll just bring a lettuce and tomato salad."

I don't think real fast on my feet. 

When I got there, she had prepared a beautiful salad from Southern Living magazine with a little fruit adornment on the top. Too pretty to eat...well almost.

I was embarrassed that I didn't know what other kinds of salads there were in the world!

Not too long after that we moved to Colombia (South America). My oldest son went to second grade at a school for missionary children. I was new to the country, raising three little ones, and following my husband around to the churches where he was preaching on Sundays. As a discussion leader at a ladies' Bible study, I had interaction with a lovely group of Colombian women, but I wanted some American friends, too. 

But no one was inviting me over.

So I decided I had to "be Nancy" in my new setting. I called the six or seven other mothers of children in my son's class and invited them to a "Salad Lunch". I didn't ask them to tell me what kind they would bring, but I scoured cookbooks (no one knew what the Internet or Pinterest was in 1993) for creative salads. And, you know, I rarely had two people bring the same kind of salad to the same luncheon.

We had a great time! We thoroughly enjoyed being in our own culture for a couple of hours and chatting to our hearts' content in our native English.

Since we all had the second grade class at El Camino Academy in common, and since the teacher had just had a double barreled case of Bell's Palsy, I suggested we have a time of prayer for her and the class. Everyone enjoyed it so much, I started doing it once a semester for the mothers of each of my children's classes as they began going to school. 

In my son and daughter's class one of the mothers was the school director. Beth suggested we invite the teacher and she would find a sub for her. The teacher thoroughly appreciated the opportunity to visit with the mothers on a purely social basis and the time of prayer with us.

Beth was always full of ideas and it wasn't long before I found myself in charge of organizing a "Prayer-Lunch Mother" for each grade and hosting a lunch to show them the idea. Those evolved into parent lunches or dinners, and family get togethers on Saturdays.

Eventually, I handed over the job to others and then in 2008 we left Colombia to live in the states again. 

In the meantime, I learned a lot of salad recipes and I love creating salads out of what I have on hand. So if I ever get invited to a salad luncheon, my only dilemma will be which salad to bring.

Whether just salads, full meals, or coffee and dessert, our table time can be used to connect us with others, and with those we pray for.

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  1. Such a lovely idea with summer just around the corner...refreshing and little work time.

  2. Well those salads look awesome. Could you bring one over to my house tonight for supper? ha ha. Thanks so much for linking up with me at Blessings to you!


  3. Oh, I am getting hungry looking at your salads! LOVE your heart bowl! I bet it makes it taste EVEN better!

    What an adventure to live in Columbia for a while! You lucky girl! I bet those lunches were priceless time spent together (and memory recipes gathered!).

    Thanks for this inspirational post!

    hugs x
    Crystelle Boutique

  4. Fun story...your salad journey : )
    And lovely images of salads. I love salads.

  5. What a great idea to have a salad lunch. I love salads and the carrot one looks really delicious! How fun to have everyone bring something different like salads!

  6. All of your salads look beautiful and delicious! I love the salad lunch idea, and seeing what fun combiations everyone comes up with! There's nothing better than good good, friends, and talking about the Lord! :)

  7. I have never been a fan of salads but this is pretty cool to see all the variations!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  8. I love the idea of lunching with the mothers of your child's classmates. It would do wonders for helping everyone know what's going on in school.

  9. Great idea! I love lots of different salads. Sometimes my girlfriends and I share a lunch for which everyone brings a salad topping and the hostess provides the greens. But how fun would it be to have a variety of salads?!



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