Jello salad

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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables.wikipedia
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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables. The name comes from the genericization of the brand name Jell-O, a common gelatin product in the United States.
By 1930, there appeared a vogue in American cuisine for congealed salads, and the company introduced lime-flavored Jell-O to complement the add-ins that cooks across the country were combining in these aspics and salads.

Aspic

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Therefore, it has a "salad appearance" (small pieces of food) although it's held firm in gelatin (like aspic). When the dish has plain gelatin instead of sweetened gelatin, the use of vegetables is more common (e.g. tomato aspic).
Non-savory, sweet dishes, often made with commercial gelatin mixes without stock or consommé, are usually called jello salads in the United States, or gelatin salads elsewhere.

Fruit salad

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For example, a jello salad might have green from a lime-flavored gelatin, brown from nuts or pretzels, white from bits of cottage cheese, and red and orange from fruit cocktail.
Another "salad" containing fruit is a jello salad, with its many variations.

Gelatin dessert

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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables.

Cottage cheese

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Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels.
It can be eaten on toast, in salads, as a chip dip, as a replacement for mayonnaise in tuna salad, and as an ingredient in recipes such as jello salad and various desserts.

Salad

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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables. The "salad" theme is more pronounced in variants containing mayonnaise, or another salad dressing.
Common variants are made with gelatin or whipped cream; e.g. jello salad, pistachio salad, and ambrosia.

Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise

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Composed in 1980, It is based on his experiences, in his youth, of playing the piano for women's clubs, and being fed absurd and unappetizing cuisine, including foods resembling Jello salad.

Potluck

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Jello salads are a common feature of US communal meals such as potlucks, most probably because they are inexpensive and easy to prepare, yet attractive and tasty.
In the United States, potlucks are associated with crockpot dishes, casseroles (often called hot dishes in the upper Midwest), dessert bars, and jello salads.

Cold plate

In Canada, a traditional Newfoundland cold plate commonly includes a variation on jello salad.

Fruit

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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables.

Carrot

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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables.

Vegetable

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Jello salad (technically Jell-O salad, also called gelatin salad, jelly salad, jelly dish, congealed salad, or molded salad) is a "salad" made with flavored gelatin, fruit, and sometimes grated carrots or (more rarely) other vegetables.

Cream cheese

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Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels.

Marshmallow

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Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels.

Nut (fruit)

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Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels.

Pretzel

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Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts, or pretzels.

Mayonnaise

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The "salad" theme is more pronounced in variants containing mayonnaise, or another salad dressing.

Tomato

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When the dish has plain gelatin instead of sweetened gelatin, the use of vegetables is more common (e.g. tomato aspic).

Generic trademark

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The name comes from the genericization of the brand name Jell-O, a common gelatin product in the United States.

New Castle, Pennsylvania

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The origins of jello salad can be traced back to a dish called perfection salad (c 1904) by Mrs. John E. Cook of New Castle, Pennsylvania, which won third prize in a Better Homes & Gardens recipe contest.

Better Homes and Gardens (magazine)

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The origins of jello salad can be traced back to a dish called perfection salad (c 1904) by Mrs. John E. Cook of New Castle, Pennsylvania, which won third prize in a Better Homes & Gardens recipe contest.

Communal meal

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Jello salads are a common feature of US communal meals such as potlucks, most probably because they are inexpensive and easy to prepare, yet attractive and tasty.