7-Up Salad

I don't know the source for this recipe--it has just been in our family cookbook for a long time.  I wouldn't be surprised if it was from my grandma Beverly.  The recipe seems like a very 1950s or 1960s classic fancy Jell-O Salad.

7-Up Salad
1 (6 oz.) pkg. lemon Jell-O
2 cups hot water
2 cups 7-Up
1 can crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
3 sliced bananas

Dissolve Jell-O in water. Add 7-Up. Refrigerate until soft set. Stir in pineapple, marshmallows, and bananas.
Refrigerate.

Topping:
½ cup pineapple juice
½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
¼ cup flour
4 Tb. butter
2 eggs
1 cup whipped topping

Mix all the ingredients except whipped topping in a saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Cool. Fold in whipped topping. Spread on Jell-O and refrigerate.

Tiffany's Notes: I've never made this before--but the name has always interested me.  7-Up!  Jell-O!  Now, after making it this week I wonder if I've ever eaten it before! 

The final dish was met with mixed reviews from my kids.  The Jell-O base was fairly classic--if you like lemon and tartness then it's a great basic yellow Jell-O. The topping was also tart.  I don't usually go to so much work for a Jell-O topping (spreading on a little bit of Cool Whip would be easier!).  Like the Jell-O, it was also tangy.  The topping was a generous amount for the Jell-O--half of the recipe might be enough.  (Well, I also added about 2 cups of Cool Whip [a whipped topping] instead of the suggested 1 cup.)  

I think that if you wanted a milder taste you could try all pineapple juice instead of the pineapple and orange juice concentrate mix.  The topping would make a yummy tart fruit dip or fruit salad dressing.  I dipped some cantaloupe pieces in the topping and it tasted good.  For a creamier fruit dip you could make the fruit topping and add it to an entire container of Cool Whip (instead of just 1 cup).  I'm sure that would be creamy and good on fruit!

Comments

  1. Actually it was from Relief Society a long time ago, probably the 1960s or 70s, and yes, you have had it many times. I like the zing the pop gives it, or is it just the sugar rush?!

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  2. Yup - it was all the rage in RS in the 60's. My mom got it from my aunt and it was 7-UP Salad from then on. I really have never made it. But right now it sure sounda good.

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  3. We have a very similar recipe in my family that we call Selfish Salad. My grandparents went to Arizona for John Glenn's wedding (I think?) (This is the John Glenn who is my second cousin and a mutual friend of the Tanners.) A sister in the Relief Society brought this Jello salad. Everybody always raved about it but she wouldn't share the recipe, so they took to calling it her Selfish Salad. She didn't mind sharing it with our family because we lived so far away. The Selfish Salad recipe is here: http://glennfamilyrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/03/selfish-salad.html I was thinking of making and publishing it here with a picture, but I've been avoiding sugar, and now you beat me to it!

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  4. Thanks for all the great comments! Marcelaine's link is very close to the same recipe--the two changes I see is that her's has a package of marshmallows instead of 1 cup and the topping is slightly different. It has one egg, is made from only pineapple juice, and has 1 cup of cream (which when it's whipped would be about 2 cups). I'm sure that would taste good! It's funny that I mentioned those changes in my post! Maybe we should do a 7-Up Salad, version 2 post. :)

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