Luncheon Ladies

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


4 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
The character behind these salad gals was my mother. She'd serve them to my teachers each spring at a special lunch she hosted. I did the same when my children were little. Nowadays, I make them for my friends who love luncheon ideas like this. —Harriet Rummel, Reynoldsburg, Ohio


  • 3 celery ribs
  • 4 hard-boiled large eggs
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 4 pimiento slices
  • 20 carrot curls
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 cups chicken salad
  • 12 ripe olive slices
  • 8 whole pitted ripe olives


  1. Cut eight 1-in. celery sticks and set aside. Cut eight 1-1/2-in. pieces from remaining ribs; with a sharp knife, make lengthwise cuts in each piece, as close together as possible, beginning 1/2 in. from one end. Place in ice water. Refrigerate until celery begins to separate, about 1 hour.
  2. To form ladies, place each egg on a salad plate. Insert cloves into egg for eyes and nose. Add a pimiento for a mouth. Surround top and sides of egg with carrot curls for hair. Position a tomato slice below egg for the body. Tuck the narrow end of lettuce leaf under tomato for skirt.
  3. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken salad under each lettuce leaf. Place three olive slices on each tomato for buttons. Drain frilled celery ribs; place next to tomato for arms. Place celery sticks below lettuce for legs. Place whole olives at ends of celery for shoes. Serve immediately.