Turkey, selection boxes, pigs in blankets, mince pies – all of these are famous and delicious festive favourites.
Salad, on the other hand, has never been considered a Christmas staple – we’re normally too busy consuming our 1450 calorie Christmas dinner to bother with green goodness.
Yet there’s one type of salad which is apparently a seasonal staple in parts of the US – and it sounds interesting to say the least.
Unlike a “normal” salad, this one involves the sort of ingredients you’re more likely to encounter at a small child’s birthday party.
It’s called 7 Up Salad.
Involving a large amount of 7Up, it’s apparently served with both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner.
It was brought to the attention of people in the UK thanks to Utah mum Katie Reed’s, It’s A Mother Thing .
Katie also kindly posted a recipe tutorial, adding: “What’s your favourite holiday side dish? For me, it’s 7 Up Salad. It’s such a delicious addition to any family meal. And it’s so pretty!”
First, the ingredients.
- 7 oz 7Up Soda
- 8 oz mini marshmallows
- 1 small box of lime jelly
- 6 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 1 jar maraschino cherries
- 1 cup crushed pineapple
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tub of Cool Whip (thawed)
Katie melts the marshmallows and jelly in a pan to create an evil, thick, green slime.
Into the mix goes the cream cheese cherries, pineapple and cool whip.
Perhaps the most stomach-churning element to this is big dollop of mayonnaise which gets added into the mixture.
Once it’s set, you should have a green loaf-like substance.
Not everyone shares Katie’s enthusiasm when it comes this acquired taste.
“This is a crime against taste, decency, and humanity,” one comment said.
“Pure poison and criminal to feed this to your children. What a travesty!” fumed another person.
Somehow we don’t see it catching on.