- 1¬Ĺ cups fruity red wine, such as Merlot
- Two 3-ounce packages raspberry-flavored gelatin
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
- 3 large seedless oranges
- 1 cup red or green seedless grapes (or a combination¬†of both), cut into halves lengthwise
- 1 cup sliced raspberries
- Nonstick vegetable spray, for the mold
To many Americans, a holiday dinner means a¬†molded Jell-O salad.
- In a small saucepan, bring the wine to a boil over high¬†heat. In a stainless steel or glass (not plastic) bowl, using a¬†rubber spatula, stir the gelatin with the hot wine until the¬†gelatin is completely dissolved, occasionally scraping down¬†the sides of the bowl, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1¬Ĺ cups cold¬†water and the lemon juice. Place the bowl in a larger bowl¬†of iced water. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the¬†gelatin is partially set and a spoon briefly cuts a swath that¬†allows you to see the bottom of the bowl, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, grate the zest from 1 orange and set¬†aside. To cut all of the oranges into segments, use a¬†serrated knife to cut the tops and bottoms from each¬†orange. Following the curve of each orange, cut off the thick¬†white pith where it meets the orange flesh. Working over a¬†bowl, cut between the thin membranes to release the¬†orange segments, letting them drop into the bowl. Drain the¬†oranges before using.
- Stir the orange segments, orange zest, grapes, and¬†raspberries into the partially set gelatin. Lightly spray a 6-¬†cup decorative mold with nonstick vegetable spray. Pour¬†the gelatin into the mold and cover with plastic wrap.¬†Refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours or overnight.
- To unmold, run a knife around the inside edge of the¬†mold to break the seal. Lightly moisten a serving platter¬†(this will allow you to move the unmolded salad on the¬†platter if you need to). Place the platter upside down over¬†the top of the mold. Holding the mold and platter together,¬†invert and shake firmly to unmold the salad. If the salad¬†doesn‚Äôt unmold, dip the outside of the mold briefly (less¬†than 5 seconds) in a bowl of warm tap water. Dry the¬†outside of the mold and try again. Serve chilled.