Not too long ago, my mother shared with me a little book that my grandmother had hand written her recipes in, so I am going through it and plan to share at least some of those recipes with you. I thought with this weekend being the last event of summer, it was a perfect time to share this frozen lime salad. This salad is a recipe that I remember from my childhood. It may not actually be the case, but I don’t remember eating it after I was about ten years old. I have to admit that back then, it wasn’t my favorite. I mean I loved the creamy green part, but for some reason I really thought it should not have nuts in it. I am sure it would be fine without them, but as an adult, I like the nuts.
Sometimes deciphering my grandmother’s recipes is a bit challenging, so hopefully I will be a bit more clear. For example, the recipe called for 1/2 cup whipped cream, so is that 1/2 cup of cream, whipped or 1/2 cup of already whipped cream. Well, if you read the directions, you find out that you whip 1/2 cup of cream. Unfortunately, my grandmother also spilled water on her little book, so sometimes the directions don’t help as much as they should. At any rate, I figured this one out, and it tastes just like I remembered it.
Now for those of you who like to get upset over processed ingredients, I just have to say that even though I try to eat healthy maybe eighty percent of the time, when it comes to my grandmother’s recipes, they will be posted as is. Someday, maybe I will come up with healthier versions of my favorites, but that is not really the point. The point is to preserve her recipes. Rest assured that I do not plan on eating gelatin salad daily. Though this one is good enough that it is tempting.
Grandma's Lime Salad
- 1 3 oz. package lime flavored gelatin
- 1 10 oz. package miniature marshmallows
- 3 oz. cream cheese, softened (I don't think they make that size anymore, so you will have to cut an 8 oz. block.)
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained (I used the unsweetened kind.)
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/3 cup nuts, chopped (I used pecans.)
- Place gelatin, marshmallows, and cream cheese in a large heatproof bowl.
- Pour boiling water over mixture and stir until all is melted and combined. There may be a few small lumps of cream cheese that don't melt.
- Refrigerate until set (about 2 hours).
- Whip whipping cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- Beat gelatin mixture with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Stir in mayonnaise, pineapple, and nuts, stirring until well combined.
- Fold in whipped cream.
- Pour into a 7"x11" glass dish and freeze until firm.
- To serve, remove from the freezer 5-10 minutes before serving. Cut into squares.
Courses Lime Salad