Saturday, November 26, 2011

It started with jello . . .

My mother used to make this salad, and she served it on her pink "button and bow" Depression Glass plate, just like the one above. She'd add nuts to anything she could, so I recall walnuts in this salad. 

The Salt Lake Tribune started all this. They have an annual haiku contest on the topic of jello. Since none of MY entries won, I thought I'd share some here. 

Thanksgiving staple
On Grandma's pink glass platter

Nuts, pineapple, bliss.

And here is the recipe: 


1 c. boiling water
3 oz. pkg. orange Jello
1/2 c. cold water
1/8 tsp. salt
1 can crushed pineapple in syrup, undrained (8 oz.)
1 c. shredded carrots

Pour boiling water on Jello. Stir until Jello is dissolved. Stir in cold water, salt and pineapple. Refrigerate until slightly thickened. Stir in carrots. Pour into glass bowl or 3 cup mold. Refrigerate until firm. Garnish with salad greens if desired.

My mother would have been 88 today. I'm enjoying the memories.

Lorene Ethel Miller Craner


JoLynne Lyon said...

I love it! Both the salad and the shape bring back such memories. I forgot Mom always put walnuts in the Jell-O salad when she was pulling out all the stops.

JoLynne Lyon said...

Sorry to clog up your comment box, but you tripped a creative wire. Here's my Jell-O haiku:

Green shred, suspended.
Cabbage encased in Jell-O.
Is this good for me?

Pam Williams said...

Love this! My mother's "staple" for Thanksgiving dinner was Waldorf salad. It's still one of my favorites. Go to the "Keeper of the Recipes" blog and find my favorite jello salad recipe.

Janet Kay Jensen said...

Keep them coming. Next year we'll win!

CTW said...

Thanksgiving's mellow,
As long as Bob doesn't come,
and eat the Jello.

Janet Kay Jensen said...

If we keep writing haikus, who knows what could happen? Greatness can be achieved.