Busy as many of us are from day to day, when we do have a bit of free time, it's good to do chores and various activities ahead of time and get them done. This same principle applies to food, too. If we know in advance we have to prepare a recipe, if our schedules permit it, it's always a help to do them ahead and have them completed, ready to enjoy when we're ready for it.
If you like to have dishes ready in advance because of your work or other activities, you'll like the recipe I'm sharing, which is for "Twenty-Four Hour Salad". This is a fruit salad that you prepare ahead and though you could serve it anytime after it's chilled even a short time, it's best if it chills 24 hours. This is much like the popular Ambrosia and this consists of pineapple, cherries, oranges and marshmallows. It's coated with a dressing you make from pineapple juice, eggs, lemon juice, sugar, a bit of salt, and whipped cream.
The recipe uses, as I mentioned, cherries. This uses the Royal Ann cherries, which is a light colored cherry. These can be found in the canned fruit section of most stores. It's also calls for large marshmallows that have been cut in quarters. To make it easier, I suggest using about 2 cups of miniature marshmallows, if you'd prefer not to cut the marshmallows. If you choose to cut them, use kitchen shears and wet the blades each time you cut to prevent sticking.
The recipe for the dressing calls for whipped cream. If you wanted to, for convenience, you could use whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, if you'd prefer not to deal with having to whip whipping cream. The dressing can be made ahead and chilled before assembling the salad. Actually, it would be best to do it this way since the dressing should be cold when mixing the salad. Otherwise, it could melt the marshmallows.
This is good served as a side dish or even as a dessert. If you wanted to take it a step further, serve this with a slice of pound cake to make a special treat! Even as a snack, this would be much healthier for you than most snack foods.
Sometime ago, I shared a recipe for a "Fruit Salad Dressing" that was something similar to the dressing in this recipe. To get it, follow this link:
If your time permits, assemble this salad, knowing that in 24 hours, it's one less dish you have to prepare for dinner!
TWENTY-FOUR HOUR SALAD
- 1 large can pineapple chunks, drained and juice reserved
- 1 can Royal Ann cherries, drained
- 2 oranges, peeled and section, seeds removed and cut into small pieces
- 1/2 pkg. large marshmallows, cut into fourths OR 2 cups miniature marshmallows
Combine these ingredients and mix with the following dressing. Chill for 24 hours before serving.
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons reserved pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup sweetened whipped cream OR whipped topping
Mix ingredients except for whipped cream in a saucepan. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Set aside to cool and fold in the whipped cream. Yield: 6-8 servings.