Monday, December 30, 2013

Stained Glass Salad

During the busy holiday season, we prepared several meals and dishes. Many of the items that were prepared we had made at one time or another, a few were family favorites but we had yet to try our hand at them. This stained glass salad is one of those recipes.

This is a fun and festive salad that my great-aunt would bring to special family gatherings. The salad can be changed up to fit many occasions, based on the colors of jello used for the "stained glass". A little time consuming, due to the set up of the jello, but worth it!

Starting Lineup
1 pkg. of lime Jello*
1 pkg. of cherry Jello*
1 pkg. of lemon Jello
1/2 c. hot water
1/2 c. cold water
1 c. pineapple juice
1/4 c. sugar
1 container Cool Whip

*Other flavors of Jello can be used, or added to the mix. The lemon jello is necessary for the salad base.

Play by Play

 Fix Jello according to package for each type aside from the lemon.

When water has come to a boil, dissolve one pack of Jello in the boiling water and add in the cold water. 

I cheated so I wouldn't have as many dishes and  dissolved the Jello right in the 8 in. square pan. Let the Jello set up.

While the Jello was setting up, I started getting the salad based started. I'm too cheap to just buy pineapple juice, when I have another recipe that calls for just the pineapple. 

Saving the rest of the crushed pineapple for another tasty salad.

Next, heat the pineapple juice and sugar, dissolving the sugar. 

Once heated,  add the juice and sugar mixture to the lemon Jello. (Some of the crushed pineapple made it into this jello salad, but it still turned out great!)  Let this mixture set up until think and syrupy.

 When set, cut the various types of Jello ("stained glass") into cubes that are about a half inch. Too big and it's hard for the salad to 'hold' the pieces of Jello for the stained glass effect.

After that, add the Cool Whip to the now syrupy mixture of lemon Jello, sugar, and pineapple juice.

Add the Jello pieces (mine were too big. Live and learn.)

Refrigerate until serving. Not the best picture, I should have one after dipping into the salad, but our niece and nephews inhaled this salad before a better picture could be taken.

Happy Holidays!

--The Whitehairs

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