|The impossible-salad sandwich. © Ryan Schierling|
We were in Hawaii, house-sitting and hungry after a morning of snorkeling. Perusing the cupboards, she found a single, solitary can of Nuteena, which instantly took her back more than 20 years.
Julie, raised vegetarian, had eaten Nuteena sandwiches since she was a kid. It was part of her history and she'd all but forgotten about it. As a consummate carnivore, I had no idea what to make of the pale brown, faintly nutty loaf, and I wouldn't have had the faintest what to do with it. But, I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater and was intrigued by such a strange product. What "salad" sandwich was Nuteena supposed to be replacing for vegetarians? Tuna salad? Chicken salad? I've heard of peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, but this was just bizarre. Mixing the stuff with mayo and onion and dill pickle, it looked like a simple tuna or chicken salad, but it certainly didn't taste like anything I'd ever eaten before.
I loved it.
1 cup finely chopped white onion
1 1/2 whole kosher dill pickles, chopped
1/2 cup Best Foods or Hellman's mayonnaise
1 tablespoon pickle juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
a few grinds of black pepper
|Don't think about it too much. © Ryan Schierling|