Not sure what this is, but it’s midwestern for damn sure.
I’m guessing jello with cherries, coconut, marshmallows, yogurt, and pink food coloring.
It looks like fruit fluff but a little light on the fruit and heavy on the fluff.
I think that’s half of it. I personally thought it was rice pudding made with instant strawberry pudding with a bit of coconut in it.
I’m guessing cauliflower and cottage cheese, dressed with mayonnaise, sour cream, and cranberry juice.
All I know is that in the Midwest they’d call it a “salad” and count it as the vegetable.
It looks like strawberry Angel Delight with something else in it.
In the Midwest, “salad” means gelatin based dessert. Actual vegetarian salad is hard to find.
I genuinely can’t tell whether people in this thread are joking when they present guesses what it might be or they’re genuinely trying to guess. All of those things sound as if they could have genuinely been served in the American Midwest at some point or as if they’re over the top jokes about that.
It looks like fruit fluff three generations deep into people “improving” the recipe.
Is agar dangerously spicy?
Midwestern spices are salt and… just salt.
Pepto au gratin.
Eat n’ treat.
peptatoes au dauphin
And Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, lots and lots of Lawry’s.
I’m going with NPR’s Susan Stamberg’s mother’s (yes, the triple possessive!) famous cranberry relish.