Delicious Holiday Lime Jello and Tuna Salad Casserole

Delicious Holiday Lime Jello and Tuna Salad Casserole
Los Angeles Press Daily

This unique casserole combines the zesty flavors of lime Jello with the savory goodness of tuna salad. It may sound unusual, but the sweet and tangy lime Jello pairs surprisingly well with the creamy and savory tuna salad. Give it a try for a fun and adventurous dish!

Ingredients:

For the Lime Jello Layer:

  • 2 (3-ounce) packages of lime Jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained (canned or fresh)

For the Tuna Salad Layer:

  • 2 (5-ounce) cans of tuna, drained and flaked
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickles (dill or sweet, depending on your preference)
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper (optional, for color and flavor)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup crushed potato chips (for a crunchy topping)
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Lime Jello Layer:
    a. In a mixing bowl, dissolve both packages of lime Jello in 2 cups of boiling water, stirring until completely dissolved.
    b. Stir in 1 cup of cold water and the crushed pineapple.
    c. Pour the lime Jello mixture into a 9×13-inch casserole dish.
    d. Place the dish in the refrigerator and allow the lime Jello layer to set for at least 2 hours or until firm.
  2. Prepare the Tuna Salad Layer:
    a. In a separate bowl, combine the drained tuna, mayonnaise, chopped celery, chopped red onion, chopped pickles, chopped red bell pepper (if using), chopped hard-boiled eggs, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
    b. Mix all the ingredients together until well combined.
  3. Assemble the Casserole:
    a. Once the lime Jello layer has set, spread the tuna salad mixture evenly over the top of the lime Jello layer.
  4. Add the Topping:
    a. Sprinkle the crushed potato chips evenly over the tuna salad layer. This will add a delicious crunchy texture to the casserole.
  5. Chill and Serve:
    a. Cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow all the flavors to meld together.
    b. Before serving, garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
  6. Serve and Enjoy:
    a. Slice the lime Jello and tuna salad casserole into squares or portions and serve it chilled.

This Lime Jello and Tuna Salad Casserole is a unique blend of flavors and textures that will surprise your taste buds. It’s a fun and refreshing dish to try when you’re in the mood for something a little different. Enjoy!