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Champagne Salad



Champagne Layer

1 envelope unflavored gelatine

2 tablespoons water

1 cup champagne

3/4 cup water

3 drops red food color

1 pint fresh strawberries

Spiced Cheese Layer

8 ounces cream cheese

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon ginger

Dash of mace

Dash of cardamom

1 (8 1/2 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

3/4 cup reconstituted frozen limeade

3 drops green food color

1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

1 envelope unflavored gelatine

2 tablespoons water


Champagne Layer: Soften gelatine in the 2 tablespoons water, then set over hot water to melt. Combine champagne, the 3/4 cup water and food color. Stir in melted gelatine. Pour into 2-quart mold and chill until almost set.

Carefully push about one half of the strawberries, pointed end first, into gelatine mixture. Chill until firm, then add Spiced Cheese Layer.

Spiced Cheese Layer: Have cheese at room temperature. Add lemon zest, ginger, mace and cardamom and beat until fluffy. Add pineapple, limeade, food color and almonds. Mix well. Soften gelatine in water; set over hot water to melt. Add gelatine to cream cheese mixture, mixing well. Spread over Champagne Layer. Chill until firm. Remove from mold. Garnish with crisp lettuce and the remaining fresh strawberries.

Serves 8.


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