Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
R2D2's Chopped Salad for Padmé
by Susu

When Senator Amidala of Naboo was forced to go into hiding, the Jedi Council ordered Anakin Skywalker to take her home, using refugee transport as a disguise. The lovesick Jedi spent all his time gazing at the lovely Padmé Naberrie, so it was up to R2D2 to remember to attend to his mistress's real needs. He went through the food line and picked up sustenance for both her and for Anakin (of whom the loyal 'droid was actually quite fond). Unfortunately, the food was greasy and starchy, and Padmé couldn't take more than a few spoonfuls, and it left her feeling hungry and moody.

R2 snuck into the galley and found a few fresh vegetables and with his cutting tools, managed to make a sort of diced, chunked salad. The colors of the food appealed to his sense of aesthetics (remember, he designed and painted Anakin's podracer, in Episode 1), so he simply laid them across the surface of a large platter in stripes and presented milady with a choice of dressings. Delighted, she ate the whole platter, while the always-hungry Anakin happily polished off her share of Refugee Ship's Biscuits and Gravy.

  • 1 large green pepper, cut into ½ - 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large red pepper, cut into ½ - 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large tomato, very ripe and cut into 1 inch chunks, or 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced thin across the grain
  • ½ head iceberg lettuce, cleaned, dried, crisped in the refrigerator, then cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 large can kernel corn, drained
  • 6 slices cheese, cut into squares (R2 used provolone and swiss)
  • 4 slices turkey, cut into squares
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • salad dressing of your choice (R2 used bleu cheese)
Assemble all salad ingredients. (Since this is a sort of "salvaged" dish, you can use any combination of fresh and canned vegetables, cheese, cold cuts, leftover cold meat, etc.)

On a serving platter or large plate, lay down a bed of lettuce. r2d2's chopped salad for padme This plate was oval, but use what you have; circular or rectangular plates are fine, too. Using your sense of what's pretty, lay down a strip of one vegetable, cheese or meat down the plate, like in the diagram. Pour a strip of dressing down the center of the dish, crossing over the chopped ingredients. Let the eater toss the portions they want. As he or she eats, they get different tasting and textured bites, making it an interesting salad. Pass more and/or different dressing for additions at the table

This recipe makes two very generous main dish sized salads, but adjust quantities based on what vegetables and meats you have. This can also be scaled down, or tossed all together, to be served as a side salad, if you wish.

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