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Lew Spinner, Joan Derynck and Lou Van Overbeke enjoy some of the Boulder Estates salad standoff entries on Friday.

MARSHALL — Salads took center stage at Boulder Estates on Friday, as 17 different recipes were sampled in a tasting competition.

The contest, known as the Salad Standoff, was a first-ever event for residents. It included two categories, one for savory salads and another for sweet salads.

Participants rated each salad on a scale of one to five, made notes if they wished and then chose a favorite. Whoever garnished the most votes in each category became the winner.

Elaine Dressen won easily in the savory category with her recipe for potato salad. She used to own and operate the Brick Manor supper club in Arco with her husband, Babe Dressen. Her potato salad was the most popular side dish on the menu.

“I perfected it over the years,” Dressen said. “It’s my own special recipe. Potato salad has to start with good potatoes, and then it just takes the right combination of ingredients.”

Dressen competed with eight other savory salad entrants. There were five pasta salads, a seafood salad, a chicken and wild rice salad, and a cucumber salad.

The sweet salad voting was much closer. The Boulder Estates Men’s Club edged out tenant services assistant Jaden Briffett by one vote.

The men entered a recipe for orange dreamsicle salad. It was offered to the club by Frank DeSleer as one of his wife Helen’s culinary creations.

“It’s Helen’s recipe,” DeSleer said. “We decided to get together and make it. I’m happy with how it turned out and that people liked it.”

Briffett entered a chocolate and peanut butter dessert salad with Reese’s bars as the main ingredient. There were six additional sweet salads, four that had fruit and cream and two others that were simply fruit salads.

Boulder Estates Tenant Services Director Monica Amaya said entrants in the contest included residents, all three tenant services staff members, kitchen staff and Boulder Estates Director Jim Knudson.

She said the idea for a salad contest took shape after a successful chili cookoff last winter. It’s likely to be repeated at some point in the future because of the strong response.

“I’m glad we had 17 salads and plenty of entrants in both categories,” Amaya said. “It was a good chance to try a wide variety of food samples. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.”

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