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.

Sea Breeze Salad
Author: Kansas Newspaper, 1968
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.

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