Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mom's Special Lime Jello Salad

For the last two and a half years of her life, I lived with Mom in Bellingham. That way she was able to stay in her own home, which was wonderful for her and me.

I did most of the cooking, but Mom helped with some of her favourite recipes. It gave her a chance to stay active, in her normal routine, and feel more independent.

Mom's been gone over a year now, but every time I fix her favourite foods I remember all the wonderful things she did for me. That makes them real comfort foods.

Mom liked to make a simple Lime Jello Salad that kept well in the refrigerator, and was a refreshing addition to her lunches and dinners. I especially liked it because it was quick and easy to prepare and serve.

Mom's Special Lime Jello Salad
1 small package of lime jello
1 cup hot water
1/2 of a 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple
1 large red apple
15-20 red seedless grapes
2 large stalks celery
Dissolve jello in hot water in an 8X13 glass baking dish. Stir in the half can of crushed pineapple (freeze the rest for another batch).

Let the jello cool while you prepare the other ingredients. Cut the grapes in half. Give the celery a fine chop.

When the jello is cool, add the grapes and celery.

Cut the apples into small pieces immediately before putting them in the jello and make sure they are coated with the mixture. This will prevent discolouration and help the salad last longer.

Cover with plastic wrap. Pat it down to touch the surface of the jello. This will also help it to keep longer in the refrigerator, usually up to a week.

If you are looking for a tasty salad to take to a holiday potluck, this one easily fits the bill. For a quick and easy side salad at supper, just shred some lettuce, place the jello on top, add a dollop of mayonnaise and shake a little paprika over the top. Yum!

Do you have any favourite jello recipes? I'd love to hear about them.

Hop on over to the Homestead Blog Hop at Idlewild Alaska and see some great ideas for homestead and simple living. more ideas? Try Nancy's Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. -- Margy

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Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy