Broken Glass Salad


For our retro recipe of the week we wanted something summery,cool, light and refreshing so we chose a broken glass salad.  Certainly not gourmet cuisine, but most retro favorites were not.  I know there will be some of you who are horrified that I am giving you a Jell-o recipe.  For those of you who remember the blast from the past Jell-o recipes that were all the rage in times gone by, you are probably going to be happy to have found this again.  For those of you who remember Jell-o as what you got on your cafeteria or hospital tray, please forgive the indulgence into a favorite from a long time ago and give it a try.


My grandmother used to make this for every holiday.  Her recipe was written on a post office form 3759 from 1966 that you would fill in and drop in the mail to request a zip code of an address from the US Postal Service.  For those of you who love old forms, I have attached a scan of the postal form and attached it to the bottom of this post and you can click on it to enlarge.


I assume it is named “Broken Glass” as the bright colors of the brightly colored Jell-o squares wrapped in the pineapple creamy blanket resemble a stained glass window.  Why it got a “salad” tossed into the name I can only assume was due to the tossing of all of the pie ingredients in together.


Over the years I have only found a couple of people who remember this one.  If you do, please let us know.




1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 stick butter

1/3 cup sugar


Pie Filling

1 package Strawberry Jell-o

1 package Lime Jell-o

1 package Orange Jell-o

1 cup pineapple juice

1 envelope plain gelatin

1 cup of cold milk

2 envelopes of Dream Whip

1/2 cup of powdered sugar



  1. Prepare each package of Jell-o separately using 1 1/2 cups of hot water for each.  Stir to make sure all of the Jell-o is completely dissolved. Pour each into a separate pan to in a thin layer.  You can use 9″ cake pans or any other pan that will give you a layer around 1/4 inch thick.  Put in the refrigerator and let cool until completely set.
  2. Prepare crust by mixing the graham cracker crumbs and sugar together, then adding the melted butter.  Pat the mixture into a deep pie plate to form a crust.  The filing for the pie will be a lot, so you will need to go high, or you can use a rectangular glass pan to spread out a little more.
  3. With a knife, cut the firm Jell-o in a grid pattern to form squares of about 1/4 inch square.  They certainly do not need to be perfect as the imperfection of size adds to the look of the “broken glass”. With a spatula remove all of the  Jell-o pieces from the pans  into  one large bowl of the combined flavors.  Place the bowl back in the refrigerator and keep cold until needed again.
  4. Mix  1 cup pineapple juice with the envelope of unflavored gelatin and 1/4 cup of cold water.  Heat until the gelatin is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let it stand until it has a cloudy or milky look.   Make sure it is completely cooled before pouring into the final mixture.
  5. Chill beaters and then beat 1 cup of cold milk with 2 envelopes of Dream Whip.  Beat until it peaks.  Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and mix.  Fold in the pineapple mix and Jell-o.  Pour into the pie shell.  Refrigerate to let set another 1-2 hours.




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