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Holiday salad that's ribbons of flavor

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Here at the holidays, the colors of the season are quite spectacular! With all the vivid reds, greens, blues, in addition to silver and gold, the Christmas season is full of colorful splendor! Many of the foods we make at Christmas are often colorful, too. Foods that are colorful seem to give the dining table a festive look and feel.

If you're looking for a colorful salad to make for holiday entertaining, I suggest a "Holiday Ribbon Salad". This beautiful salad has three layers of gelatin, each showcasing the colors of red and green, with a white layer in the center. It does take a little bit of planning ahead to make it, since it's done in layers. But, the end result is quite stunning!

You begin with the green layer, which is lime gelatin. Once that layer has just become firm, you then prepare the white layer and place that on top of it. When checking to see if the green layer is congealed enough, you want the gelatin to be almost firm to the touch, but not completely set. This is how the center layer binds with the green layer. I made the mistake once of letting the green layer get too firm and when I tried serving it, the center layer didn't adhere to the green layer, causing the layers to separate. Once the center layer is in place, begin making the red layer. Again, you want the center layer to also be nearly firm so that when the red layer goes on it, it'll hold together when it completely congeals.

This makes a large salad, so if you're having a special dinner with lots of guest, this will certainly go a long way, not to mention it being beautiful to see and good to eat! One good thing about this salad is that since you should make it ahead, you'll have it finished and congealing while you do other things you have to get done.

Back a few months ago, I shared another gelatin salad recipe that was for a "Fruited Cream Cheese and Pecan Salad" which is also pretty with its red appearance. To get this recipe, follow this link:

Just in case you're not big on gelatin salads, you may want to consider another favorite, "Waldorf Salad". Here's a link to this recipe:

Brighten the holiday table with this colorful and wonderfully good holiday salad!


  • 2 (3 oz.) pkg. lime gelatin
  • 5 cups hot water OR fruit juice
  • 4 cups cold water OR fruit juice
  • 1 (3 oz.) pkg. lemon gelatin
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (20 oz) crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup heavy cream, whipped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 (3 oz.) pkg. cherry gelatin

Dissolve lime gelatin in 2 cups hot water and 2 cups of cold water. Turn into a 9x13 inch dish and chill until almost set. Dissolve lemon gelatin in 1 cup hot water. Add the marshmallows and stir until melted. Add pineapple juice and cream cheese. Beat until mixture is smooth (I use the electric mixer for this). Add the pineapple. Let cool and fold in the whipped cream and mayonnaise. Chill until thickened. Pour over the lime layer and chill. Dissolve cherry gelatin in 2 cups hot water. Add 2 cups cold water. Chill until syrupy. Pour over the other layers and chill until completely congealed. Yield: 12 servings.



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