Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Favorite Holiday Salad

The only similarity between this and the Red Jello recipe made famous by the Lutheran Church Basement Women, is that this recipe uses red Jello and hot water. My mom has been making this salad for holiday dinners for as long as I can remember. I think she does it just for me because it's always been my favorite. What makes it unique is that it has walnuts in it. There is something about the combination of the nuts, celery and apples that goes mixed in with the cinnamon candy flavored jello that is just too good for words. I could make a snarky remark about nutty jello and the Lutheran Church Basement Women, but I'll be nice. Don't be afraid of nutty jello though, because each bite of this is a cool burst of sweet-apple-cinnamon-nutty-crunchy goodness that will make your mouth very, very happy. Just think, you will be getting your fruit, veggies, and your Omega-3s all in one sweet treat. Sounds healthy to me!

Cinnamon Jello Salad

1 small box cherry Jello (it's okay to use sugar-free jello if you like)

1 cup hot water

1/2 cup boiling water

1/4 cup cinnamon red-hot candy

1 cup apples (peeled and chopped)

1 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over the red-hot candy in a small bowl, set it aside until dissolved, and then add enough water to equal 1 cup of liquid. Pour 1 cup hot water over jello and stir until dissolved. Add the cinnamon water to jello, and refrigerate. When it is almost set, stir in walnuts, apples, and celery. We make this in a 9 x 13 baking dish and cut into squares to serve.

Love it! Thanks, Mom.

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