Have I ever mentioned how much I hate tuna in gelatin? I haven’t? Well, I hate it. Hate!


So when Stephanie sent me a recipe (a dieter’s recipe, no less!) for this fishy gelatin salad for our Glistening and Jiggly contest, I almost gagged.

Stephanie writes:

Ok, I just found this in a magazine I bought at a recent estate sale. Dell no. 15 – 1959 “1000 Recipe Cookbook”. It’s listed in the “dieters” section.



Basic Main Course Salad
Author: Dell no. 15 – 1959 “1000 Recipe Cookbook”
  • 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatine
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 1/4 cups very hot water
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tbsp diced green pepper
  • 2 tbsp finely diced onion
  • 1 1/4 cups flaked cooked lean fish
  1. Sprinkle gelatine on the cold water to soften. Stir the softened gelatine into the very hot water until thoroughly dissolved. Add vinegar and salt.
  2. Chill to unbeaten egg white consistency. Fold in vegetables and fish carefully.
  3. Turn into one large mold (3-4 cup) or 6 small molds. Chill until firm. Serves 6.
  4. Note variations: Use 1 1/4 cups flaked salmon; 1 1/4 cups whole shrimp plus 1 tbsp mayonnaise; 1 1/4 cups flaked tuna fish -reduce vinegar to 2 tbsp and salt to 1/4 tsp. Use any one of the above in place of cooked lean fish in recipe.



Tom, however, was almost clicking his heels together.


“What’s that ‘Ha’ for?”

“Finally something that you hate in gelatin! And no American cheese in sight!”


“Yeah, well. I’ll get you for this. Eventually.”

“Eh, Future Tom can worry about that. Right now, I am happy.”

“Are you excited to eat this, then?”

“Nope. It’s probably going to taste like crap.”

Tom TastesIMG_0298

I almost threw down the camera. “Seriously?”

“Yep. It tastes like tuna salad without mayo. Not bad at all. I might actually go as far as saying this tastes good.”

I took a bite, and was shocked. It completely blew my tuna-and-gelatin hating mind. “Oh my God. This thing is completely edible.”

“I know, right? Craziness.”

The Verdict: Actually Good!

From the Tasting Notes:

Tastes like tuna salad sans mayo. Surprisingly edible. I would add a thin layer of mayo to this just to make it completely taste like tuna salad, but mayo is optional with this one. Would be a good choice to serve at a retro or themed meal. You can scare your guests a bit and still give them something they can eat!