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Vegetable Salad

on August 20, 2014

This recipe is one of the original recipes that helped make the decision to start this blog. When my daughter and I were originally looking through Grandma’s recipes, we saw this one and just laughed. Lemon Jello AND vegetables? That seemed really weird. We decided then and there that we HAD to try ALL of these recipes – even the weird ones – and EVERYONE had to try all of them! I don’t doubt that this Vegetable Salad recipe comes from the 50’s or maybe even the 60’s when there were a lot of these unusual Jello salads going around. This recipe comes from Grandma’s oldest sister. This photo is of this sister and their aunt (their mother’s youngest sister).


It’s a bit blurry, but I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!! This was taken around 1910 or so. I love the little brothers in the background and the chicken in the foreground. They just seem to be so very much enjoying this lovely summer day together. This is one of those pictures that shows a less formal shot than the usual very formal and dressed up ones.

Vegetable Salad

Bear with me here, this one is a little strange.

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Vegetable Salad

Dissolve 1 small package of lemon Jello in 1 1/2 cups boiling water.

Add 1 Tablespoon vinegar and let stand until quite firm (I put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes).

Whip the Jello.

Fold in:

1/2 cup Miracle Whip

1 cup diced celery

1 cup grated cheese (I used cheddar)

1/2 cup sliced stuffed olives

1 teaspoon minced onions

025 (2)

Whipping the Jello makes it fluffy in a weird sort of way.


I had to put it in a ring mold – just like the 50’s.


I sprayed it lightly with cooking spray, dipped it in warm water, flipped it upside down on the plate, and it plopped right out of the mold.


I think the cheese and Miracle Whip are really more strange than the vegetables and olives. Oh let’s face it – it’s all strange.

025 (3)

Surprisingly, it was pretty good. The sweet of the Jello makes an interesting contrast to the salty olives and cheese. We all tried it, but I don’t think we’ll try it again. If you want something a little bit different for a cool summer salad, give this a try. It’ll take you right back to the 50’s.

3 responses to “Vegetable Salad

  1. uncle paul says:

    Looks and sounds disgusting……..

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