Auntie Lucy’s Recipe Box: Salad Jello

This photo was taken around 1949. The Baby Boomers were on their way, nourished by jello.

This photo was taken around 1949. The Baby Boomers were on their way, nourished by jello.

Technically, “Jell-O” is the trademark name of the common gelatin dessert that made an appearance at every one of our family potluck dinners back in the 1950s and ’60s. However, everyone, except those living in fear of infringing on a trademark, called it jello. Although jello had been around since the turn of the century, the craze of my childhood, as I recall, was turning it from a dessert into a salad by adding a strange mix of vegetables, fruit, and assorted dairy products. The “Jell-O Gallery” online contains recipes with updated and more sophisticated versions of the jello salad, but this version of “Salad Jello,” as my mother noted, came to her from Aurelia Mujat, one of her Polish American coworkers back in the day.

Salad Jello

1 pkg. lemon jello
1 pkg. lime jello
2 cups boiling water
1 lb. cottage cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
1 small can pet milk
1 small can crushed pineapple
1 small diced pimento (optional)
1 3 oz. jar stuffed olives, sliced
1 tsp. salt

Blend together, cover top with chopped pecans. Chill until firmly set.

Note that “blend” does not mean in a blender, since we had no blenders in those days. Also, “pet milk” refers to a brand name, Pet Evaporated Milk. I always thought it was strange to call something pet milk and wondered just exactly what pet we were going to milk for it.
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