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Welcome to our Salad Directory. Dessert Salads are popular all throughout the year. And when the holiday season approaches; you can bet there will be plenty of cold dessert salads in all shapes and colors to match the holiday being celebrated :)  It's very popular for red jello dessert salads to honor our dinner tables on Christmas and Valentines Day; where green dessert salads will always represent St. Patrick's Day. Yellow and pink is the color of choice for Easter and blue will always pop up somewhere on the 4th of July. Halloween will usually end up with a cold jello dessert where the colors have been mixed to turn a purple or black color for a bewitching meal and green for goblins meal. Anything goes for the rest of the holidays :)

What are dessert salads?
"Dessert salads are dishes made with jellos, whipped toppings, fruits, vegetables, mayonnaise, and various other ingredients. These salads are served at some buffet and cafeterias, and are also served at potlucks and parties. They can be prepared ahead of time and are transportable. They include sweet ingredients, but are not always served as desserts, and are sometimes considered more generally in the salad grouping and served with the main meal rather than as a dessert. The fruit and vegetable ingredients are often canned, but fresh ingredients can also be used."

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Jell-O salad, or congealed salad is the common name for a molded salad made with flavored gelatin, fruit etc. Other ingredients may include cottage cheese, cream cheese, marshmallows, nuts or pretzels. Because of its many elements, the result has speckled bits of color against a colored gelatin background. Pictured here is a cranberry jello salad, popular at Thanksgiving


Fruit Salads: Fruit salad (also called Macedonia) is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, served either in their own juices or a syrup. In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad is also known as a fruit cocktail.
•  see Fruit Salads


Snickers Salad: "Snickers salad is a mix of Snickers bars, granny smith apples, and whipped topping (such as Cool Whip) served in a bowl. It is a potluck and party staple in the Midwest of the United States, where the "salad" is popular alongside glorified rice, pistachio salad, jello salad and hotdish. It is sometimes included in church cookbooks and is also served at funerals."



Watergate Salad: Watergate salad, also referred to as Pistachio salad, Hawaiian Surprise, Pistachio Delight, and Picnic Passion, is a sweet-tasting dessert salad made from pistachio pudding, canned fruit, and cool whip. It is very quick to prepare: the ingredients are combined and it can be chilled, if desired cold.


Ambrosia: "Ambrosia is a variation on the traditional fruit salad. It contains sour cream and/or sweetened whipped cream (or whipped topping) mixed with yogurt, pineapple, mandarin oranges and coconut. Some versions also contain maraschino cherries, bananas, strawberries, or miniature marshmallows. The mixture is then refrigerated for a few hours."


Citrus Green Salads: Ok so this is not really a dessert salad but I thought I would give you an idea of a fruity dinner salad :) These salads are light, refreshing and seem to taste on the tropical side. Many recipes are popular with walnuts, beats, orange slices, grapefruit, cranberries, and many times topped with a fruity vinaigrette dressing.



Sauced Fruit Salads: Fruit Salads do not contain lettuce at all. Many times the fruit sauce that's pored over the dish is not added until right before serving as to save some varieties of fruit (such as sliced bananas) from getting soggy.




Fruit salad: (also called Macedonia) is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, served either in their own juices or a syrup. In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. When served as an appetizer or as a dessert, a fruit salad is also known as a fruit cocktail.



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Meal with Dessert Salad

The photo above is a perfect example of a holiday meal; in this case a Easter meal; which is served with a jello dessert salad. This salad may be called a dessert salad but many times it's eaten right along side the main meal and not necessarily served just for dessert.
see Traditional Easter Food
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More Dessert Salad Examples

Cookie Salad: Cookie salad is a dessert salad from the U.S. state of Minnesota made with buttermilk, vanilla pudding, cool whip, mandarin oranges and fudge stripe shortbread cookies. It is popular with children and for potlucks. Berries can also be added.
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Glorified Rice: "Glorified rice is a dessert salad served in Minnesota and other states in the Upper Midwest. It is popular in more rural areas with sizable Lutheran populations of Scandinavian heritage. It is made from rice, crushed pineapple, egg, sugar, vinegar, flour and whipped cream. When served it is often decorated with maraschino cherries."

"The long established recipe has been the subject of many newspaper articles. In 1995, Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson authored a humorous book comparing Lutheran and Catholic traditions called They Glorified Mary…We Glorified Rice: A Catholic-Lutheran Lexicon. The book includes a recipe for Glorified rice. The dish is also included in the title of Carrie Young's Prairie Cooks: Glorified Rice, Three-Day Buns, and Other Recipes and Reminiscences. Glorified rice often turns up at church picnics and potlucks."
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Seafoam Salad:  "Seafoam Salad, also known as orange salad, is a cafeteria and buffet staple popularized by F. W. Woolworth's lunch counters. Seafoam Salad is often considered a dessert and is one of many dessert salads. It is composed of green gelatin, cream cheese, pears, maraschino cherries and whipped cream topping. Orange salad uses orange-flavored gelatin instead of lime."

"Multiple versions of the recipe exist. Variations include substituting crushed pineapple for pears or adding mayonnaise and nuts to the mixture."

See Also:
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