Top 5 Worst Thanksgiving Side Dishes: Please, Please, Do NOT Pass the Ambrosia Salad
3. Green bean casserole
Photo by Pattie Wait, aren't green beans supposed to be green, not brownish gray?
I know I'm dumping on your Thanksgiving memories when I say this, but green bean casserole should be banned from all tables, holiday or otherwise. (I happen to think that most casseroles should be banished, but that's another story entirely.) Everything that goes into green bean casserole comes out of a can, and still, it's considered a vegetable dish. Let's consider each element on its own. Canned green beans: Mushy, flavorless, no longer really green, taste like the can they come in. Cream of mushroom soup: Flour, water and dehydrated cream and "flavoring" are not valid substitutes for actual cream and actual mushrooms. French fried onions: Onions are not the first ingredient listed. You know what's easier than green bean casserole? Cooking fresh green beans.
2. Ambrosia salad
Photo by Steven Depolo "I'll have the salad that looks like vomit," said no one, ever.
Can we just make a rule that nothing containing Cool Whip is allowed to be referred to as a salad? Same goes for Jell-O. Much like green bean casserole, every ambrosia salad I've ever encountered comes almost entirely from cans, bags and the freezer section. Syrupy canned fruit, sweetened coconut shreds, mini marshmallows and Cool Whip does not a salad make. In fact, Merriam-Webter's definition of "salad" reads as such: "a mixture of raw green vegetables (such as different types of lettuce) usually combined with other raw vegetables." To be fair, the second definition is all-encompassing enough to include ambrosia, I guess. Still. That stuff doesn't belong anywhere but on a dessert table, and even then I question its presence.