If you’re a Mormon, you understand the phenomenon that is Jell-O salad. You may not actually like it, but you do understand it. Or maybe you don’t understand it, but I’m pretty confident that you’ve at least eaten it once or twice.
When I was a kid, my mom always made the same green Jell-O salad for Thanksgiving dinner and other special occasions. It was the same Jell-O salad that her mother had made before her. Oh, how I loved it! Besides pumpkin pie, it was my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast, and I looked forward to it all day.
Naturally, I have perpetuated the tradition. I make the same recipe (sans walnuts) (I never did like the walnuts) for Thanksgiving dinner, Easter dinner, and any other time an occasion might call for it. Just like their mother, my kids love it and get very excited when they know it’s on the menu.
However, my husband hates it. And so does pretty much his entire family.
Once, when we were newly married, we were assigned to bring a Jell-O Salad to some family dinner. So I made the one I like best (besides, it’s the only one I know how to make!) and nobody touched it. Not one person. Well, except me, of course.
And yet the icky red concoction made with whipped cream and walnuts was devoured. That’s the Jell-O salad that Joel looks forward to at holidays. But, to each his own, I say, and I’ll stick with mine, thankyouverymuch. So I make it for every holiday, and Joel never eats it. But, I don’t mind–more for me, right?
Well, this Easter, Joel insisted on making HIS Jell-O salad. I agreed, supposing that it was about time he did. Unfortunately for him, we were also invited to an Easter celebration for Saturday afternoon and I was assigned to bring–you guessed it–Jell-O salad. So, I made mine, too.
On Sunday at our own Easter dinner, Joel set out his Jell-O salad, and I put out the leftovers of mine. The kids completely shunned his, poor guy. Finally, he asked them straight out which one they liked better. Sophia was very honest with her father and said “I like the green one! The red one is yucky!” while Bria and Chloe were more diplomatic and swore that they liked them both exactly the same.
It’s just that their plates told a different story.
Sorry, Honey. But, hey! More for you, right?
My Grandma’s Jell-O Salad Recipe
1 large box green Jell-O (lime)
1 bag small marshmallows
1 block cream cheese
1 can crushed pineapple
2 Cups boiling water
Pour Jell-O and marshmallows into large bowl. Cut cream cheese into small chunks and add to mixture. Pour 2 Cups boiling water over mixture, and stir. The cream cheese and the marshmallows should *mostly* melt. Add can of crushed pineapple, pour into 9×11 pan and put in fridge for a few hours to set.
You can add maraschino cherries and/or walnuts if you like. But I usually don’t.