Grandmother’s Surprise Salad

Growing up, I was never a fan of congealed salads. You could always count on one at a big family dinner and I tried them a few times but just never cared for them. Thankfully, our family dinners were always big buffet-type meals with many options to choose from so I could skip the congealed salad without being rude.

And then I got married.

At the very first holiday meal I shared with my husband’s family, there on the table in the middle of the seven of us gathered sat a congealed salad. I put a spoonful on my plate, this Southern girl wasn’t going to be rude, and gave it a try. It wasn’t like any congealed salad I’d eaten before and I actually really liked it. In fact, I started looking forward to eating it when we’d spend holidays with my husband’s family. I even got the recipe and now make it for my family from time to time.

My husband’s grandmother doesn’t cook much anymore but she always used green(lime) jello when she made it. My mother-in-law always uses red jello. I typically use whatever I have on hand.

Since we’re headed into the holiday season I thought I’d share it with you. If you’re not fan of congealed salads this recipe just might change your mind like it did mine.

Grandmother’s Surprise Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 oz. pkg. lime jello (or any flavor you’d prefer)
  • 1 c. water, boiling
  • 1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese (grated yourself is preferable over pre-shredded)
  • 1 c. whipping cream, whipped

Directions

  • Combine pineapple and sugar in small saucepan and bring to low boil
  • Dissolve jello in boiling water and then combine with pineapple and sugar.
  • Stir in cheese and pour into serving dish with 4-6 cup capacity.
  • Chill until partially congealed. (around 1 hour)
  • Fold in whipping cream and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Grandmother's Surprise Salad
 
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Recipe type: Salad/Side
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 oz. pkg lime jello (or any flavor you prefer)
  • 1 c. water, boiling
  • 1 c. shredded mild cheddar cheese (grated yourself is preferable over pre-shredded)
  • 1 c. whipping cream, whipped
Instructions
  1. Combine pineapple and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil.
  2. Dissolve jello in boiling water and then combine with pineapple and sugar.
  3. Stir in cheese and pour into serving dish with 4-6 c. capacity.
  4. Chill until partially congealed. (around 1 hour)
  5. Fold in whipping cream and refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Enjoy!

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Janet is a mom to two daughters and is married to her best friend. Her belief that we are blessed so that we may bless others fuels her writing at frugalandfocused.com where she shares her thoughts on faith, family, and frugal living. She strives to make the most of what she's given in life and hopes to inspire others to do the same.