Today, I thought it’d be fun to share another family-favorite holiday recipe. This Orange Pineapple Dream Salad is a staple of our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinner tables, I’m certain you’ll love it as much as we do.
This recipe came from my mom’s best friend. She called it “White Jell-O Salad,” but because that name isn’t descriptive, and there’s no Jell-O in it, I renamed it Orange Pineapple Dream Salad. (I love you, Joanna, and appreciate the recipe!)
I still don’t know why some old-fashioned desserts are referred to as “salads,” however, I’m not complaining. If I can eat a “salad” that’s actually a dessert, life is good.
I would classify this as dessert, not salad because it brings a sweet component to any holiday meal. It’s similar to ambrosia, but with fewer fruits and fillings.
The resulting concoction is a sweet, light cloud-like cream swirled with pineapple and mandarin oranges. It’s nothing fancy, but it tastes oh-so-good! It’s one of those things I always look forward to when the holidays roll around.
If you’re not certain your family will get that this is a side dish, you could simply serve it as dessert. And since it doesn’t contain any seasonal ingredients, you could serve it any time of year.
No matter when or how you make it, I’m sure your family and guests will love this dessert-disguised-as-salad.
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) crushed pineapple
1 cup sugar
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup whole milk
2 envelopes (1 box) Dream Whip
1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained and chopped
Fresh mandarin segments for garnish
In a small bowl, combine the gelatin and water. Set aside.
Then, in a saucepan, combine the crushed pineapple (with juice) and sugar. Heat until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in the prepared gelatin. Set aside to cool completely.
With an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and whole milk. Beat until smooth. Add the two envelopes of Dream Whip and beat until the mixture forms peaks. Fold in the cooled pineapple mixture and chopped mandarin oranges.
Pour into an 8x12" dish and chill 3-4 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh mandarin orange segments, if desired.
As you can see, this is super simple to make and comes together in less than 15 minutes, hands-on time.
I hope you’ll give it a try. Enjoy!