Fresh Vegetable Salad

This Fresh Vegetable Salad is a quick and delicious side dish perfect for potlucks!

This Fresh Vegetable Salad is a quick and delicious side dish perfect for potlucks!

I know today is Father’s Day, but I’m talking about my mom today.  She is a 3-time breast cancer survivor.  She is my rock.  She is the most amazing woman I know.  When Kim asked me to join in to help raise cancer and hospice awareness there was no way I wasn’t helping.  After watching my mom’s struggles and {thankfully} victories with cancer over the years I have the utmost respect and love for everyone fighting cancer.  It doesn’t matter if it’s you, your mom, your dad, your grandparents, your best friend, or your second cousin twice removed…we all fight together.

This Fresh Vegetable Salad is a quick and delicious side dish perfect for potlucks!

My mom’s first diagnosis was in 1998.  I was 14 and it was the first time I ever had to think about not having my mom in my life.  It was heartbreaking and scary.  She told me everything would be okay, but after losing my grandma the year before it was hard to take in.   Mom went through radiation therapy and after months of treatment, and the cancer went into remission.  (I let out that breath I didn’t know I was holding.)


Her second diagnosis was in 2009.  We couldn’t believe it had come back after all this time.  Mom’s life had gone on like we were in the clear.  She had my little sister, and I had grown up, gone to college, come home, and moved out on my own.   This time, the doctors decided she would need chemotherapy.  It was a long hard process.  The toll it took a toll on her physically and mentally was painful to see.  But we hoped for the best and I did everything I could think of to help.  Mom chopped her hair before it started falling out to make things easier.  I would watch my little sister after school and during the summer sometimes so Mom could have some alone and not have to put on her happy face for a couple hours when she was hurting.  But, that same year I had Otto.  Mom got immense joy from her first grandchild, and he didn’t care if she had hair or not.   Again the cancer went into remission.


The third diagnosis was spring 2011.  She had two options: chemotherapy again (no thank you) or a double-mastectomy.  Mom had a serious choice to face and in the end had the surgery.  I talked to her about the surgery.  Did the doctors think this going to be the last time if she has the surgery?  She had high hopes that the mastectomy would take care of the cancer for good.  So here we are.  So far it’s worked and Mom is hopefully this will be the end of worrying.  She’s got way too much left to do in her life, family and friends to love, and grand babies to cuddle to go anywhere.

I have always been inspired by my mom, but seeing her go through this last bought of cancer has shown me a new level of resolve and strength I knew she had but had never seen.  I am so blessed to have her as my mother and so proud of her resilience.  In honor of my amazing mother and everyone who are fighting and surviving cancer {and those who have not been so lucky, but are strong in our hearts} I’m sharing one of my mom’s favorite recipes.

This Fresh Vegetable Salad is a quick and delicious side dish perfect for potlucks!

Fresh Vegetable Salad
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This Fresh Vegetable Salad is a quick and delicious side dish perfect for potlucks!
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 8 to 12
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ears yellow corn, cooked, cooled, and cut off the cob
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 6 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, vinegar, jalapeno, celery seed, salt, and pepper until smooth. Set aside to let the flavors marry while you prepare the veggies.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all vegetables together..
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables and gently mix together until well combined. Serve immediately.
You can leave out the jalapeno if you don't like your foods spicy. I like the extra kick it gives this dish.

If you're in a pinch, you can get away with two 15 ounce cans of corn that have been rinsed and drained, but fresh tastes better.


This Fresh Vegetable Salad is a quick and delicious side dish perfect for potlucks!


  1. says

    Your mum sounds like a strong woman. Being 3 times diagnosed with cancer must be so though! I hope your family will stay healthy, I wish you all the best!

    Oh and I like your salad, it would go well as a grilling side with sausages etc.

  2. Alyce says

    How lucky you and your Mom are to have each other.

    If I were lucky enough to win this prize, I think I would make Fresh Peach Ice Cream…our family’s favorite.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. says

    Boy, your mom has had a tough ride. I’m so glad she’s in remission again…whew. And her salad sounds amazing. It sounds like something I would love…so will definitely print out the recipe when we get home.

  4. says

    Thank you for sharing your Mother’s amazing story with us. She is a true warrior!! I wish her continued good health. 🙂

    This salad looks amazing… I would be all over it. 🙂

  5. says

    Thank you for raising awareness about cancer Julie & spreading the word on hospice and donating. Such a great cause. I know so many people who, because of hospice, have been able to spend their last days at home rather than at a hospital. Your mom sounds like an amazing woman!

  6. says

    I am so sorry about your mother. I know how she feels as went through a similar scenario at the age of 38. In my situation, howver; it was non malignant, which I am so grateful for. During the timeframe of diagnosis I was very stressed. Your mother seems like a fighter and I am thinking of her. What kept my sanity during this, was my baking as it kept my mind preoccupied. The baking was not for me but to share with my loved ones as it kept my life in some sort of routine.

  7. says

    I cannot thank you enough for sharing your very personal story with us. Your mom is a total rock star, 3 time survivor is impressive. That’s so amazing and does my heart good to hear. Your recipe is perfect for this event. Thanks so much for joining us for this wonderful cause. xx

  8. Mom says

    Julie, my daughter, you are such a love. You are an inspirational woman and a wonderful blessing in my life and many others. XO

  9. says

    I’m so sorry to learn that you mom has had such a trial with cancer. I join you in trusting for her full and complete recovery.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful salad at Monday Funday Link Party!
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

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