Thanks to those of you who voted in the Side Salad Poll! Sea Dream Salad won by a narrow margin and after an extensive search for Onion Juice I finally found a substitute. Last night I whipped up a half batch of Sea Dream Salad and today at work a small but hearty group of friends acted as my taste testers (shout out to Jessamyn, Courtney, and Jenny - woot!).
1-3 oz. box of Lemon Jell-O
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon onion juice (I used 1/4 teaspoon dried chopped onion)
1 cup grated cucumber (about 2 large cucumbers)
Dash of Cayenne (I used Paprika instead)
Green food coloring (just a drop!)
1 cup boiling water
Dissolve Lemon Jell-O in the boiling water and stir in the vinegar, salt, cucumber, onions, and cayenne. Strain and discard the grated cucumber, onions, etc. I used a colander and it worked just fine. Then, add a drop of green food coloring to the strained liquid and stir until it turns "a delicate green." I like to let the jello firm up a bit in the fridge before pouring into the mold and letting chill overnight. Unmold and serve on a bed of crisp lettuce with a dollop of mayonnaise and sliced cucumber. Ta-da!
Now for the taste test... *ahem*
Once upon a rainy December day, four brave souls huddled in a cubicle at a Seattle non-profit. They grasped their compostable spoons and nervously shifted their weight. They peered into the glass lock container at the quivering mass of green jelly and dollop of mayonnaise...a peculiar smell wafted up at the group. They each took a spoonful of the molded sea dream (some with mayonnaise, some without) and cautiously took a bit. Some "hmmms" and "ehhhhs" and "gurgle gurgles" could be heard.
THE VERDICT: The cucumber flavor came through strongly and wouldn't be so bad except, well...the salt, onion, vinegar, and paprika. Basically, not something we would voluntarily eat again.
In the middle of my second (second! the things I do in the name of blogging!) bite I found myself sort of, stunned. Jessamyn had to remind me just swallow it quick, "like a shot!" From one sorority girl to another, thank you Jessamyn.
Sorr about the mold ladies.