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Grandma's Recipes One By One!

Salad #3

on September 21, 2015

The recipe for today is #3 in the long line of salad recipes in Grandma’s file. Salad #3 is another incredibly easy one. I’m not even kidding. REALLY easy. And I’m gonna go ahead and put in into the Retro Oddities category. It’s one of several salad recipes that includes ice cream!! I think I’d rather just go ahead and put a scoop of ice cream on top of a salad – Jello salad, that is, but that’s just me.

I can see this recipe being around about the time this photo was taken of my mom in high school (speaking of someone who would rather eat just the ice cream – ha!). The date on the top of the photo is October of 1957, so this was during high school. Her trombone is at her side there next to the brand new television set. You always had to take photos next to the tv so you could get that great new technology in the shot. This demure young lady is the epitome of the term “bobby soxer”!! Mom always talks about those skirts they wore and how many crinolines (petticoats) they wore under them.


LOVE the skirt – and the BOBBY SOX – and the new TV!!!

Salad #4

Note the “V. Good” connotation again here!!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Salad #3

Mix together and bring to a boil:

1 can of fruit cocktail

1 package of strawberry Jello


1 pint vanilla ice cream

Mix well until ice cream is melted.


That’s it! Incredibly easy!


This has you boil the fruit cocktail with a Jello – so weird.


How strange is putting in ice cream? Oh well. It did say “V. Good”!


It turns a creamy pink on top. I used a pretty glass bowl that was about 4 sizes too big. This does make a smaller salad.


Such a pretty color – hot pink! I mean REALLY bright hot pink! This looks like something straight out of the 50’s, 60’s, or 70’s.


It turned out to be delicious, but it is also “plenty sweet”. Never second guess the “V. Good” connotation! This salad is really easy and really good and just prefect for any occasion.





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