Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Orange Almond Molded Jello Salad

My Sister-in-law, Emily, has been making this salad for family gatherings for as long as I can remember.  It is delicious and not your typical jello concoction.  Today we made it ourselves for the first time for Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow.  Lucky us, that is all we were asked to bring??  Seems criminal, doesn't it while Jim's cousin, Debbie, will be slaving over a hot stove all day. Blessed her heart!  Well, we'll sure give her a hand once we arrive.

Emily said she usually doubles or triples this for large gatherings so we decided to do a triple batch.
Serves 4-6

6-oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2/3 cup water
3-oz pkg. orange flavor jello
3/4 cup lemon-lime carbonated beverage
11-oz can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup slivered almonds

In large saucepan, heat orange juice and water to 
boiling; stir in jello until dissolved. Slowly add 
lemon-lime beverage; chill until thickened.  Fold
in mandarin oranges and almonds.  Pour into 4-cup mold 
Chill until firm.

The above picture is not mine, got it from Google images.  We actually just made it in a festive bowl.  But I like the way the mold looks and the garnish is lovely too.  The orange juice makes this salad opaque and the sprite makes it a little tangy.  The slivered almonds and mandarins are just great combination as well.  It is a winner and so easy!  

What I like is how pretty it will look with that turkey and all the trimmings.  Eye appeal on the plate is important, especially if you like to decorate the plate as much as preparing it(Or more!) It just comes with the territory if you are an interior decorator.  Smiling! 

 Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S.  I am thankful for your friendship! ♥


Sister Susie said...

Looks delicious! I have got to add it to your other receipes! My taste buds are ready to try this one too!
Merry Christmas, Susan