How Green Was My Roast Beef
So it was a bit of a shock to come across this picture:
This is NOT an Eisenhower salad. Not a Republican salad at all, as far as I can see. There are definite premonitions of the 70s in this picture. Look at the ghastly avocado green background. Actually, there doesn't seem to be a difference between background and foreground here; the still life almost seems to be floating in a green void. And that's not all - there's a bunch of green grapes at the top, along with a green check cloth. I guess this was to compensate for the fact that what's being pictured is actually a salad, but it has hardly any green in it at all.
The dark brown basket gives me 70s-era shudders, but it's not just the colour; the whole thing seems to be hinting at some sort of picnic, but the way the salad is served makes the whole idea ridiculous. Look at it, spilling out of a glass trifle bowl - you could never get this thing outside. If it were from the 70s, there would not be nearly as much meat in the picture, so that's a tipoff that it's from the 60s. (If it were during WWII, they probably would have used cold tongue, so at least we were spared that horror.)
If you thought the picture was bad, then look at the recipe:
Frozen green beans; canned carrots; frozen lima beans - yeah, party hearty, man. But it's the 3 lbs of roast beef that kills me, oozing with 1/2 cup of Italian dressing and a few flakes of dried herbs. No lettuce at all - hard to see why they call it a "salad". It doesn't say how many it serves, but I think it's 6; on the next page, it gives instructions for serving 8: "Double all ingredients but sirloin tip roast; for it use 4 lb. roast."