Perfection Salad

Michael Kraus

Refreshing molded salads like this one were wildly popular when a version of this recipe was first published, in Knox Gelatine: Dainty Dishes for Dainty People (Knox, 1931). Serve the dish in slices as a side for grilled meats or salmon.

Perfection Salad
Refreshing molded salads like this one were wildly popular when a version of this recipe was first published, in Knox Gelatine: Dainty Dishes for Dainty People.
Yield: serves 12

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1⁄3 cups rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. unflavored powdered gelatin, softened in 1⁄2 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage
  • 2 jarred pimentos, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and minced
  • Canola oil, for greasing

Instructions

  1. Stir together sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, gelatin, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until gelatin dissolves; chill 30 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  2. Grease a 12" x 4" x 2 1⁄2 " loaf pan and transfer gelatin mixture to mold. Chill until set, about 6 hours.
  3. To release salad from mold, slide a knife along the edge of the mold; set mold in a bowl of hot water for 5 seconds. Invert salad onto a serving dish.