Sea Breeze Salad – A Mid-Century Gelatin Test

Posted on Aug 14 2013 - 6:00am by RetroRuth

This week we have a gelatin that is decidedly NOT gross. Sea Breeze Salad!

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This thing is basically jelled lemon pie filling with pineapple in it. Nothing bad here. Surprising, isn’t it?  Well, we were invited to a picnic earlier last month where I knew there would be kids present and I didn’t want to completely gross the kids out. I was told to bring a salad, so I picked this.

4.5 from 2 reviews

Sea Breeze Salad
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Ingredients
  • 3 packages lemon or lime Jell-O (or a combination of both) (*I used all lemon)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold liquid
  • 1 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1 can lemon pie filling or 1 large package lemon pudding/pie filling mix
  • 1 envelope Dream Whip
Instructions
  1. Dissolve Jell-O in boiling water. Add cold liquid (water and juice off pineapple). Let set until Jell-O begins to thicken.
  2. Stir lemon pie filling or prepared and cooled lemon pudding into thickened Jell-O with electric mixer. Reserve one cup of mixture. To the remainder at the crushed pineapple. Put into 13×9 pan and refrigerate till set.
  3. Whip Dream Whip as directed and fold in cup of reserved Jell-O mixture. Spread over first layer and refrigerate.

 

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Tom peered over my shoulder as I was cooking. “So what’s going into this to ruin the lemon pie filling? Cheese? Tuna?”

“Nope.”

“Olives?”

“Nope. Nothing.”

“Nothing?!?”

“Well, pineapple is going in, but nothing gross.”

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“Are you sure? Give me that recipe.”

“Here.”

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“What the…this isn’t a salad! This is a dessert!”

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I shook my head. “Nope. Read the name. It says Sea Breeze Salad.”

“That’s garbage. There is Dream Whip in this. It’s a dessert.”

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“Look, the concept of a salad used to be different, okay? According to 1960’s thinking, this is a salad. See? Sea. Breeze. Salad. SALAD!”

“Fine, but if the kids go into sugar shock it is going to be your fault.”

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“So, how is it?”

“Really good, but this is totally a dessert.”

The Verdict: It’s A Dessert

From The Tasting Notes:

Very good, if you like lemon pie. Especially good if you like lemon pie but not meringue. This basically tastes like a lemon pie with pineapple added to it, and a lemon-flavored whipped topping. The pineapple was actually a really good addition. We polished this thing off in a few days and probably gained five pounds in the process.

19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. veg-o-matic August 14, 2013 at 8:41 am - Reply

    They still make Dream Whip? :)

    • Lily August 18, 2013 at 2:07 am - Reply

      My stepmom used to buy Dream Whip. It was another reason to hate her, even though I never tried it! Now I HAVE to try it! This salad *cough* DESSERT sounds yummy!

      • Charlotte August 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm - Reply

        :::owwww::::

  2. Ae August 14, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

    This looks so much better than when my mom made it! She used lime jello.

    • RetroRuth August 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Ew.

  3. Amorette August 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I was born in 1958 and through much of my childhood, a ‘salad’ meant something with Jell-O, not lettuce.

    • dkzody August 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      You are so right Amorette. Especially for potlucks and nice dinners. NO ONE would think of serving a green salad to company.

      • Charlotte August 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

        Me too–3/1958. The closest thing we had to a green salad was iceberg lettuce; chopped tomato..and mayonnaise mixed in to make a sort of pink “dressing”. NEVER for company..or holidays. If there was a salad–it would be fruit cocktail and cool whip; sometimes coconut

        • Charlotte August 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

          P.S..this would’ve been a salad at our house.

  4. Sara In AZ August 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    Mike’s Dad would go bonkers for this, I’ll have to make this for him one of these days!

  5. Nina August 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know you could still buy Dream Whip! My initial thought too! Yes, I grew up with these “salads”, I so appreciate you bringing these foods back to life :) These memories help me put more childhood into perspective.

  6. Cristina August 15, 2013 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Looks delicious!

    • RetroRuth August 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Cristina!

  7. Dan August 16, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

    As tasty as this looks, and it does look tasty, I’ve come to find (perhaps as a result of reading this blog and the memories it evokes of my own mother’s mid-century cooking) that Jello just isn’t as interesting without olives or cocktail wieners or green peppers or some other horror floating lifelessly inside it.

    • RetroRuth August 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm - Reply

      Ha! :)

  8. celia September 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I just printed this. It’s like my dream come true. My husband hates meringue and I love lemon pie. THIS IS SO ON.

  9. Angela January 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I made this with all lime (including lime pie filling) because that’s what I could get easily. If I make it again I’ll try it with lemon – I like lime but this was a little overwhelming. The little pineapple bits were really nice but something like mandarin oranges would probably have worked better with lime. The SO suggested that I add marshmallows inside and sprinkle nuts on top if I make it again. It was relatively inexpensive to make and its pretty good even if it does remind me of eating in a cafeteria.

  10. Barbara February 14, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    What size Jello packages? Small or large?

    • RetroRuth February 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm - Reply

      Small!

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