Refreshing Citrus Gelatin Salad

This recipe came to me from a dinner our church group was serving to the senior citizens in our area. So I have always called it Senior citizen Jello. The ingredients and recipes were distributed to about 20 ladies. Within in hours we were all calling each other asking if we understood how to cook this. None of us could understand how to combine these ingredients. The following method is what some of us came up with. I find it very delicious. The chunks of orange mixed in the lemon are so tantalizing to your tongue

  • 1 large packet orange gelatin
  • 2 cups boiled water
  • 1 large package cooked lemon pudding
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges
  • 1 container of whipped topping
  1. Dissolve gelatin in 2 cups boiling water, stir thoroughly. Add enough ice cubes to equal 4 cups, pour in shallow pan to set up.Place in fridge for 30 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, separate 3 eggs reserving the egg yolks.
  3. In saucepan add pudding mix, ¾ cups sugar, egg yolks and ½ cup water. Stir thoroughly, this helps combine all the ingredients well so there is not any separating of the eggs and the cornstarch in the pudding.
  4. Add 2½ cups water to saucepan, combine well, cook over medium heat until hot and bubbly remove from heat.
  5. Stir pudding every few minutes to release heat.
  6. Once gelatin is set, stir to make small chunks.
  7. When pudding is warm to the touch but not hot, add to gelatin. Stir quickly to combine. We do not want the gelatin to melt in the pudding. We want small chunks to remain, but the pudding needs to be warm enough to bond with the gelatin.
  8. Pour into shallow pan or individual cups, put in fridge to set up until completely cool.
  9. Once set, slice one banana on top.
  10. Cover with whipped topping, then place orange slices on top for decoration.
  11. Serve immediately or cover with plastic if serving later.
If you choose to put bananas on top of the cool whip you must dip them in a lemon juice bath first to prevent browning. This is the reason they are under the whipped topping.