Surely one must think of the 1950's and 1960's when thinking of Lime Jell-O. My mother would put all kinds of crazy things into it. It was every woman's go-to side dish because it was quick, easy, and cheap. You could combine any group of things in gelatin, and it was considered OK. Hot dogs, maraschino cherries, and Twinkies in lime Jell-O? No problem. It was like a gelatin version of bubble and squeak.
A lot of these gelatin creations were served with a blob of mayonnaise. Seriously now, why would anyone want a blob of mayonnaise on anything, much less lime Jell-O? We were fed such strange stuff. How is it possible we are still alive?
This 1953 recipe is for a ginger ale salad. The ad calls it "a dinner glamorizer that you can make before the evening rush." I am thinking you can do this during the commercial break between The Edge of Night and Days of Our Lives. You can relax; it's not too strange, although I would eliminate the mayonnaise.
Ginger Ale Salad
Dissolve 1 package Lime Jell-O in 1 cup hot water. Add 1 cup ginger ale and chill until slightly thickened. Fold in 1 cup drained diced sweetened peaches and 1/4 cup each chopped nut meats and diced celery. Turn into 1 quart mold or individual molds. Chill until firm. Unmold on crisp lettuce. Serve with plain or whipped cream mayonnaise. Makes 6 servings.