With a name like Under the Sea Salad, you'd expect to find some kind of seafood on the ingredients list. But you would be wrong.The recipe explains, "Pears and cream cheese lie beneath a clear, sea-green layer after unmolding."
This salad got its name because the author thinks green Jell-O looks so much like the ocean.
No. It doesn't.
I've lived in seaside towns since the age of 8 and I can tell you with absolute certainty, the ocean looks nothing like green Jell-O.
Now that I've cleared that up, let's look at this recipe.
It's actually a pretty nice recipe.
1 package (3 oz.) Jell-O Lime or Lemon-Lime Gelatin
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
1 can (1 lb.) pear halves
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 packages (3 oz. each) cream cheese
1/8 tsp. ginger
Dissolve Jell-O and salt in boiling water. Drain pears, measuring 3/4 cup syrup; add water, if necessary. Dice pears and set aside. Add pear syrup and lemon juice to Jell-O. Measure 1 1/4 cups into a 1-qt. mold. Chill until set, but not firm.
Meanwhile, soften cheese until creamy. Gradually add remaining Jell-O, blending until smooth. Add ginger. Chill until very thick. Fold in pears. Spoon into mold. Chill until firm. Unmold on crisp lettuce. Makes about 4 cups or 8 side salads.