St. Patty Day’s Recipe: Patty’s Pretty-Fruity Salad


I’m not letting some leprechauns taking over my kitchen this weekend, I’m in total control.  No drinking…just grinning (or greening!).  Not hosting a party, but was actually invited to a St. Patrick’s Day party — and need to bring something green, of course, I meant a green-colored dish or dessert.  Well, I decided to bring both.   My hubby insisted on my special pizza with Laing (what’s that…oh don’t you worry, you’ll meet this interesting pizza topping on my pizza post)…he really loved loved loved (3 times is a charm) this pizza.   Now what bout dessert…don’t like bringing a cake, am pretty sure there will be lots of store-bought decorated cupcakes, and oh please, I don’t enjoy vegetable shortening frosting (Paula Deen needs to lobby for butter for all store-bought cupcakes hehe).  So….am thinking…am still thinking…and here’s what I finally decided.

Patty’s Pretty-Fruity Salad
Go ahead and freeze this…and let the party guests enjoy this salad partially frozen, yum!

“P” fruits (my Patty fruits):
1 firm-ripe Papaya, peeled and seeded, and then cut into big chunks
1 can Peach halves, drained and cut into chunks
1 can Pineapple chunks, drained
Drain well and combine all fruits in a large bowl.

Pandan Jelly:
2 packets Knox unflavored gelatin, dissolved in 1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup sugar
1 can (17.6 fl oz) Foco Coconut Juice + enough water to equal 3 cups
1/4 teaspoon Mc Cormick Buco Pandan Extract (available at Oriental stores)
3 drops green food coloring
Slowly sprinkle unflavored gelatin in liquid measuring cup filled with 1/2 cup water; let bloom for a minute.  Zap mixture in microwave 1 minute (may need to zap more in 10 seconds intervals) to fully dissolve gelatin.    In a medium mixing bowl, mix sugar and coconut juice.   Stir in buco pandan extract, green food coloring and dissolved gelatin mixture, whisking well to combine.   Transfer to a Pyrex square dish and refrigerate overnight until set to a firm but soft gel.

Pistachio Fruit Salad Dressing:
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 box pistachio flavored Jello instant pudding and pie filling
Whisk all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl to mix well.

Now you’re ready to give this salad a “green” light.   Cut jelly into nice chunks and gently mix with the fruits.  Pour pistachio dressing in fruits, slowly tossing well.   Transfer to plastic containers and freeze away.  And then “grin”!  That’s easy…and be ready for recipe requests at the party.



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