Monday, November 17, 2008

Blueberry Salad

Several years ago I was visiting Rachel when she was preparing for company the next day. One of the things she was making was Blueberry Salad. I promptly went home and tried it because I love blueberries and I don't love Jello-O salads.

I think Jell-O salads are a bit weird. Whoever thought carrots suspended in green gelatin was a good idea? And moreover, who eats that? But this one has blueberry pie filling it in. Blueberry.Pie.Filling. Hello? Who doesn't love blueberry pie filling?

As a side note here I distinctly remember in fourth grade receiving the assignment to create our own candy bar. We had to list the ingredients, make a wrapper and we were also allowed to bring in a sample. I made a blueberries and cream candy bar which was blueberry pie filling swirled in white chocolate. And I brought samples - what a mess.

This recipe is from my favorite cookbook, lovingly called "The Pink Cookbook". Some of you dear friends will know exactly which pink cookbook I am talking about. It is a church cookbook and we all know church cookbooks have the best recipes. They also have the strangest recipes. On the same two page spread as the Blueberry Salad recipe is a Buttermint Salad. Really? Buttermints and gelatin? Or Circus Peanut Salad. I keep threatening to try this one. And right under the Circus Peanut Salad is a recipe I am not ashamed to say is another favorite of mine: Cookie Salad. Yes, cookies and salad. Fudge-striped cookies nonetheless. My husband once said he saw a man eating popcorn salad. Now that is just wrong.

Another reason I love the church cookbooks is all the little notes about where the recipe came from or how it was served. Sometimes I "read" cookbooks just to see all those little notes. I've included the little note in this recipe, but gave the original hostess some anonymity.

Ok, back to the salad. Do you love how it's called a salad? Blueberry pie filling and grape jello covered with cream cheese and sugar. Isn't salad supposed to be remotely healthy?

Ok, now back to the salad for real. Here's the recipe:

Blueberry Salad
2 (3 oz) grape Jell-O
2 c. boiling water
1 (20 oz) can undrained crushed pineapple
1 (20 oz) can blueberry pie filling

1 c. sour cream
1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla

Mix Jell-O and water until dissolved. Add pineapple and pie filling. Pour in a dish and chill. Beat cream cheese and sugar, add sour cream and vanilla. Spread on chilled Jell-O. Note: I got this recipe from MR; she served it in individual footed dessert cups.
*I regret to inform you that I did not take a picture of the beautiful amethyst color of this salad before it was attacked at the church carry-in.


  1. I so do not remember that visit!!

    I discovered that I like that Cookie Salad too! My sister in law made it and I turned up my nose...then I tried it! It is amazing that a wierd recipe like that actually WORKS!

  2. Just for the record, Mr. Steady had NO part in empting the bowl in the picture. Nor any bowl prior or there after.

    -Mr. Steady


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