My grandmother used to make this salad for Christmas gatherings and first got the recipe from some of her ‘church ladies’. It appeared at a Circle Meetin’ at Granny’s little St. George Southern Baptist Church in the 1960’s. The salad was wildly successful among the women and when the church put together a cookbook in 1977, this recipe was submitted by seven different women…all claiming to be originator of the recipe. Funny! I can remember my grandmother expressing her irritation over the situation, that so-and-so took recipes that were given to her by other people and claimed them as her own and now had her name on them in the cookbook.
Scandalous behavior among good Southern Baptist women! Recipe robbing at its worst! If you can’t trust the woman sitting next to you at Circle Meetin’ to not steal your best recipe, then there is no hope for the rest of the world.
Anyway, back to the recipe. Although unlikely partners, the sweet of the fruit and jello is balanced with the slight tang of the sour cream. They also make for a festive presentation with layers of red and white color, the perfect compliment for Christmas. Of course, this salad works well for other gatherings as well, not just at Christmas time.