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Vintage Jello Recipe - Ginger Upper Salad
Lime And Ginger Ale in Jell-O Make a Refreshing Salad
Jello made with ginger ale. Not a new idea, and this Jello recipe leaves lots of room to make your own version.
I make mine with Lime Jello and diet ginger ale. (I like Canada Dry, but choose your own favorite.) And I like pears, but you can vary both the fruit and the Jell-O flavor to suit your own tastes, and what your family likes best.
There's something about the lime flavor that makes this dessert hit the spot with the right combination of tangy and sweet.
The soda gives it some zip, refreshing for summer, or any time you want a different twist on an old favorite.
Photos by kimbesa
Ginger Upper Jell-O Recipe
- 1 small box (3 oz) lime Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup ginger ale
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 cup diced pears (canned or fresh)
- Dissolve the Jello in boiling water, in a medium bowl. Add the ginger ale and lemon juice, and chill until very thick.
- Meanwhile, drain and cut up the pears.
- When Jello is thickened, fold in the pears. Spoon into a mold if desired. Chill until firm.
Tips For My Gingery Jello Recipe
- Be sure to use dead-ripe pears if using fresh ones. Canned pears work just fine, too
- Play with your favorite fruit and Jello flavors, any combination that sounds good make a good Jello salad (but don't used fresh pineapple, as it contains enzymes that prevent the gelatin from firming up)
- Test different brands of ginger ale, too. If you're in Michigan, for example, you might use Vernor's and see if you like it
- Stir a bit of ground ginger, or minced candied ginger, into the Jello along with the water for even bigger zing!
- Serve with a dollop of real whipped cream, to complement the gingery flavor. A dusting of ground ginger on the topping would be fun as well, if you really want to kick it up a notch!
The great thing about Jello is it can go as a salad, or a dessert. It can be as plain or as fancy as the occasion. And you have lots of room to experiment with different combinations.
Add Fruit When Jello Gets Thick
Ready to Serve
More Vintage Jello Recipes on the Web
Find Vintage Jello Cookbooks on eBay
The Joys of Jello recipe book has been reissued many times, and there are other cookbooks with vintage recipes to explore as well.
I just love vintage cookbooks because of the windows they offer into the food fashions and traditions of the past.