Mystery Salad

Someone stop me. I can’t stop myself from doing these. Every time I see one of these jello recipes I HAVE to do it. I need to know what it looks like! What does it taste like? WHY did people EAT THIS!?!

Why do I have raspberry jello and a can of stewed tomatoes in my pantry?

Even though this is an extremely short recipe – there is so much to unpack here.

Just in case you can’t see or read that recipe…Let me make sure you get the full picture.

  • 1 box of Raspberry JELLO
  • 1 #1 can of STEWED TOMATOES
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Hot Water

Raspberry Jello and Stewed Tomatoes! Raspberry Jello and Stewed Tomatoes! What in the ACTUAL? Who in the name of God thought to put these two things together?!?! Also, make sure it’s stewed tomatoes with onions, celery and stuff. Not worth the calories if it isn’t!

What’s a #1 can? Google to the rescue! Turns out a #1 is just 11 ounces. My can of stewed tomatoes was 14.5 ounces. Those extra three ounces would just have ruined the whole thing, I’m sure.

Dissolve the jello in hot water. Break the tomatoes in small pieces and add to the gelatin with the Tabasco. Because…yea….big chunks of tomato would bring this whole thing crumbing down. Pour the jello / tomato / Tabasco stuff into a lightly oiled mold (glass bowl) and leave to set in the fridge.

Finally, my favorite part was sour cream with a little sugar, salt and horseradish…to taste. I have no idea what this is supposed to taste like! As if I’m going to have a bite and think “I don’t know, a bit more sugar would really make this all come together”.

End Result

Here it is. Mystery Salad. It is, truly, a mystery.
It wasn’t…..disgusting. Shockingly. I would never make this again, nor would I ever intentionally order it. But if I was at a fancy dinner party and someone put this in front of me, I could get it down and still remain polite to the host. Because I’m SURE this is what the upper echelon of society is serving at fancy dinner parties these days.

The sauce, however, was gross and superfluous. And yes, of course I piped the sauce to make it pretty. Anything worth doing y’all.

My mother suggested that maybe a “crunch” factor was needed. Yep – that’s all that was missing … a wheat thin.

For more truly gross jello molds check out: Molded Crab Meat!

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4 thoughts on “Mystery Salad

  1. I’d feel bad *not* trying it with a presentation like that. I have to admit, I’m interested in trying it. I like jello dips for my crunchy snacks. My sister-in-law makes a great one with raspberry jello and jalepeños that I can’t get enough of.

  2. So many family dinners had something like this! It was from a 1920s newspaper clipping which my mother-in-law loved to make because her mother made it. Now I need to make it. The recipe is online: Mystery Tomato Aspic on the Vintage Recipe Project site.

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