Thanksgiving Recipe: Lime Gelatin Salad
A traditional dish served at my family’s table for Thanksgiving is lime gelatin salad. I can’t be certain where it all started, but my grandmother passed her recipe down to my mother, who has granted me permission to share it with you all.
Although this sounds like a dessert, it actually goes well with all the other fixin’s, which why we pile it on our plates alongside the cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
2 package lime gelatin
2 cups boiling water
20 ounces crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
Sliced maraschino cherries (for garnish)
- Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water. Stir in the pineapple and chill until partially set (about 45 minutes).
- Combine the cottage cheese and cream cheese with a mixer until well blended.
- Stir the cheese mixture and gelatin together.
- Fold in the whipped cream.
- Add cherries on top.
Keep this dish chilled until ready to serve.
Oh, and Mom says if you let the gelatin set too much, use a mixer to combine it with the cheeses. Any texture of the salad should come from the cottage cheese and pineapple, not the gelatin.