Today, I’m as pleased as a great big bowl of pretty pink punch to be participating in a virtual baby shower for Melanie from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Several food bloggers and I will be sharing a recipe today that would be perfect to serve at a pink baby shower. We wanted to honor Melanie, her soon to be arriving daughter…and her wonderful blog. And it really is wonderful, I’m not going to lie. Her blog has a nice clean look, with beautiful pictures, great commentary and scrumptious recipes. It’s always a pleasure to visit her site.
If you feel like blog hopping a bit today, I hope you’ll pay a visit to Melanie and the other fine gals participating in the shower with me. They are Your Home Based Mom, Real Mom Kitchen, Deals To Meals and The Sisters Cafe.
Now, let’s talk Fluffy Strawberry Salad, shall we? This recipe is always a hit this time of year as strawberries are so easily accessible. It makes a great side dish for a baby or wedding shower because it comes together quickly, feeds a crowd and is so light and pretty. However, light and pretty are not its only features. I have seen many a male family member scarf this pretty number up on any given occasion. It’s great to take to a BBQ, Day At The Park, Come And Hike In The Mountains, Splash In A River, Eat Out In The Open or Church Potluck Of Wonder. It’s versatile, is what I’m trying to say here.
This salad can also be made into a Fluffy Orange Salad by trading the strawberry jello for orange jello, omitting the fresh strawberries and adding mandarin oranges. Versatile as can be, isn’t it?
Fluffy Strawberry Salad
Time: 15 min. hands on + 1 hour chilling time
Yield: 15 generous servings
Recipe from my sister in law Ember Storrs
1 (6 ounce) box strawberry or raspberry jello
1 C boiling water
1 C crushed ice (or 1 C cold water)
1 (5.1 ounce) box instant vanilla pudding
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
4 C mini marshmallows
1 (12 ounce) container cool whip, thawed
1 (16 ounce) container strawberries
1. Get yourself a large package of strawberry or raspberry jello and pour the contents of the box into a medium sized bowl.
2. Heat one cup of water up in the microwave until it boils. Should take about 2 minutes. Pour it over the top of the jello.
3. Stir it well, until all of the little jello granules have dissolved.
4. Pour 1 cup crushed ice into the bowl. If you don’t have crushed ice easily accessible (like in the door to your fridge) then just use 1 C cold water. It will just take a little bit longer to set up.
Stir the ice (or cold water) around until the ice has melted. Pop the bowl into the fridge for about 10 minutes
or until the jello is slightly set up. It should be as thick as pudding, but will still work well if the jello is totally set up.
5. While the jello is setting up pour one can crushed pineapple and it’s juices into a large mixing bowl. Pour 1 large box of vanilla pudding over the top of the pineapple and stir to combine.
6. Add 4 cups mini marshmallows,
and one 12 ounce container of thawed cool whip.
Stir it all together with a wooden spoon.
7. Pop a spoon into your pretty red jello and stir it all up. Pour it into the cool whip/marshmallow mixture and stir it in to combine.
8. Wash your strawberries, cut off the green tops and slice the berries. Add them to the big mixing bowl and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving. You can make this recipe up to 24 hours in advance.
Serve and enjoy!