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Green salad for St. Patrick's Day....or anytime!

"Creamy Lime Salad" will be pretty to see and good to eat for St. Patrick's Day or anytime you want a refreshing salad!
"Creamy Lime Salad" will be pretty to see and good to eat for St. Patrick's Day or anytime you want a refreshing salad!
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Happy St. Patrick's day everyone! Hope that you're having a good day today and that you're wearing green! It's a fun day that makes EVERYONE Irish! If you have the chance today, you may want to make something fitting for the occasion, whether it be Irish-oriented or even just something green. Last Friday, I shared some recipes that are authentically Irish and would be fun to have with tea, just as the British do. In case you missed the article, worry not, for here's the link!:

http://www.examiner.com/article/irish-treats-for-st-patrick-s-day

Even if you may not feel like baking something for St. Patrick's Day, you can still make a good salad for your dinner tonight. I'd like to share a recipe for a "Creamy Lime Salad" that has a pastel green color. This would be very appropriate for St. Patty's Day or even anytime you'd like a cool, refreshing salad. This is a gelatin salad and would be especially good during the spring and summer months when we have warmer weather. A cool salad like this hits the spot on warm or hot days!

This is a simple recipe. You begin by dissolving lime gelatin in hot water. Then, you add pineapple juice and marshmallows, stirring to dissolve the marshmallows. Then, you combine cream cheese with some mayonnaise and add the dissolved gelatin mixture. After this has cooled some, you fold in crushed pineapple, chopped nuts and whipped cream. This is turned into a shallow dish and refrigerated until firm. Cut this into squares and place on lettuce leaves. If you'd like, top with a bit of whipped cream and a cherry. It'll be as pretty as it'll be good to eat!

This recipe calls for 1/2 cup of pineapple juice. My suggestion is to drain the can of crushed pineapple called for in the recipe and if needed, add enough water to make a total of 1/2 cup. For the whipped cream, you could use thawed whipped topping, such as Cool Whip. If you whip your own cream, make certain to have a cold bowl and beaters before whipping it. Also, you'll want to sweeten it. I would add about 2 tablespoons of sugar to the cream as it's whipped. Just use care not to overwhip the cream as you'll end up with butter if you do!

Another good recipe for St. Patrick's Day is a cake I shared last year for "Irish Cream and Coffee Pound Cake". To get this recipe, follow this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/irish-cream-flavors-this-cake

Have fun being Irish today and join the spirit of the day with serving a refreshing, green salad!

CREAMY LIME SALAD

  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. lime gelatin
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 flat can crushed pineapple, drained and reserve juice
  • 12 regular-sized marshmallows or 120 miniature marshmallows
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped with 2 tablespoons sugar OR 2 cups thawed whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

In a small saucepan, dissolve gelatin and hot water over low heat. Add pineapple juice and marshmallows, stirring to melt. Remove from heat and cool. Cream together the cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Combine with the dissolved gelatin mixture (I do this with the electric mixer). When mixture is cool, fold in the crushed pineapple, whipped cream or topping and chopped nuts. Turn into a shallow 1-1/2 quart dish. Cover and chill until firm. Cut into squares and if desired, serve on a lettuce leaf with a small spoonful of whipped cream and a red or green cherry. Yield: about 8 servings.