Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Color of Christmas: Red, White, and Green

The following “salads” were always traditional at Christmas. Although they had other names, they became known just as “the red salad, the white salad, and the green salad.” I know this is strange! But don’t let that keep you from trying them!

Nannie's Cranberry Cream Salad 

1 pkg cherry gelatin
1 c. hot water
1/2 c. cold water
1  1-lb. can whole cranberry sauce
1/2 c. diced celery
1/4 c. chopped pecans
1 c. sour cream

Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Add cold water. Let chill until slightly thickened. Break up cranberry sauce with a fork. Stir into gelatin with celery and nuts. Fold in sour cream. Pour into oiled one-qt. mold or just pour into a favorite dish. Chill.

Nannie's White Salad

16 large marshmallows
1 sm. can crushed pineapple, drained
1 pint whipping cream

Melt together the marshmallows and pineapple. While this mixture is cooling, whip the cream.

Add nuts to the marshmallow mixture. Stir and then fold in whipping cream. Chill. That’s it!

Ganna's Green Salad – also known as Creamy Lime Salad

1 pkg lime gelatin
¾ c. boiling water
1 cup evaporated milk
9 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 T. lemon juice
1 cup cottage cheese
½ c. chopped nuts
½ c. finely chopped celery
½ c. mayonnaise

Dissolve lime gelatin in boiling water.
Cool slightly, and then stir in evaporated milk.

Chill until mixture is very thick, but not set. Stir in crushed pineapple, lemon juice, cottage cheese, chopped nuts, celery, and mayonnaise.

Pour into a bowl. Chill until firm.


  1. They all sound so good. How will I decide what one to try firs?

  2. What an awesome blog! I LOVE collecting recipes! I am now off to snoop!

    Mrs. Nurse Boy

  3. these sound FAB!!! ....and easy. the perfect combo!

  4. I lost my comment. sorry. Anyway, great post. Love your blog!

  5. Diana, I can't wait to buy the ingredients to make Ganna's green salad. My mother made one like this years ago, and I've lost the recipe. This was always one of my favorite jello salads.
    I love your blog!

  6. Oh Diana, what fabulous recipes! I blogged today about all of my cookbooks, so I am always looking for good recipes! Thank you so very much, these are printing right now!