Bee’s famous Pink Salad

In 3-Evelyn Floy Garris 1910-1997, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE) on May 9, 2010 at 8:11 am

2 pkgs. Strawberry jello
2 cups boiling water

Mix together until jello is dissoved. Add 1 large can fruit cocktail juice & add 1 cup pecans. Set in fridge & when its a soft jell (possibly 2 hours, but watch this if the jello is not soft it won’t do). Whip 2 envelopes Dreamwhip with 1 cup milk as directed on package. When thick, hand mix with mixture above & place back in fridge until it sets up. Better overnight. Great to fix ahead & for covered dish dinners.

Published in Pass the Plate

(Editor’s note: Grandma/Momma/Bee was right to note that this recipe was published in a cookbook, but it wasn’t in “Pass the Plate.” It was in “Heavenly Helpings,” the cookbook put together by First Baptist churchwomen in 2004.

This salad made its first appearance on this blog back in June of last year, and its second appearance for Grandma/Momma/Bee’s birthday this past March due to the fact that I found another copy of it — titled “B’s Salad” — in a three-ring notebook filled with recipe clippings that belonged to Grandma/Momma/Bee’s sister, Floy. Scroll down to the very last recipe pictured below and you will see that recipe, along with the page it came from and the cover of Floy’s book. This recipe has traveled far and wide! I do wonder when and how Grandma/Momma/Bee first came up with it.

It is making its King Kitchen all-time record of a third appearance today for Mother’s Day, and also so we can compare/contrast with her recipe for Strawberry Salad — a recipe that at first seems similar but actually ends up looking quite different.

Sometimes I use this “editor’s note” space to explain the tiny differences between all the recipes pictured below, but this time there are too many details for me to explain without confusing the heck out of you. Just make sure to pay attention to the ratio of Jell-O to fruit cocktail, what happens to the contents of the fruit-cocktail can, the amount and temperature of water, the amount of nuts, the timing of adding the nuts, and the switch from Dream Whip to Cool Whip. By the way … I saw Dream Whip in the store the other day, in the section with Jell-O, so I guess Cool Whip hasn’t totally taken over the market.)

  1. This stuff was great! I remember eating it in large quantities.

  2. Yes, I remember it being a signature dish – one that got a lot of compliments whenever taken to a covered dish.

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