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Retro Recipe: Shrimp Gelatin Salad or Dip Spread

This is a recipe from the 1960's and was probably originally on the side of a Campbell Tomato Soup can or on the Philadelphia Cream Cheese box.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Canadian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20
Author Valerie Lugonja


  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 1/2 package gelatin or 6 sheets of gelatin
  • 4 100 gram cans shrimp , drained and patted dry
  • 2/3 cup celery , finely chopped (1-2 stalks)
  • 2/3 cup green onion , finely chopped (one bunch, or 6 green onions)


  1. Place the first 2 ingredients into the top of a double boiler to melt the cheese and combine together, without lumps
  2. Prepare gelatin sheets in cold water as per directions on package or sprinkle powdered gelatin over water as per instructions on package; mix into soup mixture
  3. Add all other ingredients to soup mixture; stir well to combine
  4. Pour into a mould; refrigerate overnight, or until set
  5. Unmould and serve with crackers or fresh vegetables

Recipe Notes

I made 24 tiny pots 1/4 cup each for Amy's Baby Shower and had "just enough" exactly. No tasting, and you will get 24 servings 1/4 cup each.