25 Jello Salad Recipes

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Who doesn’t love Jello?  Whether you’re looking for a vintage recipe like grandma made or a new twist on a classic, this collection has what you’re looking for!

A collection of jello salad recipes

Whether it’s for a holiday dessert or an easy snackJello salad recipes are one of my favorite treats. You can find Jello salads in almost any flavor.  Some are even made with pretzels.  

I have fond memories of my grandmother and mother making a Jello mold for every single holiday meal and potluck.  If you’ve never had this retro dessert, you need to give it a try.

What is a Jello Mold

The term Jello Mold may sound bizarre (at least it did to me the first time I heard the term) but the result is a delicious gelatin based dessert. It’s a layered dessert made with flavored gelatin, fruit, like fresh strawberriesbananascrushed pineapple, other ingredients, such as marshmallows,  and a creamy component – such as a cream cheese layer or cottage cheese.

The concoction is poured into a ring mold (like these) to set into beautiful dessert.  You can serve it topped with whipping creamCool Whip or enjoy it plain. 

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There are so many different varieties of this quintessential recipe. I’ve compiled over 25 types of Jell-o recipes and desserts.

How to Make a Gelatin Salad

The instructions for making a gelatin salad is quite easy.  Most recipes start by using a whisk to combine flavored gelatin (Orange Jello is my favorite) with water – usually a combination of cold water and hot water – in a large bowl.  Then fold in other ingredients, like fruit, into the mixing bowl. If you’re adding a creamy component, that usually gets added last. 

Jello Recipes with Fruit

For a simple treat that’s full of flavor, try a Jello recipe with fruit.  It’s almost like a fruit salad suspended in fruity gelatin.  The possibilities are endless, but here are a few recipes to get you started.

collection of jello salad recipes with fruit

Jello Mold Recipes

You can put anything into these Jello mold recipes! Get fun and creative with ingredients and stir them in. The best part is that you can eat it afterward!

Collection of jello mold recipes

More Easy Jello Salad Recipes

Try out these innovative different Jello Salad recipes. Simple to make and fun to eat.

A collection of jello salad recipes

Other Jello Desserts

Try out these other fun Jello desserts! They are such easy dishes to make.

collection of fun jello salad recipes

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26 thoughts on “25 Jello Salad Recipes”

  1. I can’t find my old recipe for jello that forms three layers when it sets. There’s a clear layer then something in it separates and makes another layer or two.

  2. the jello salads are my favorite because they are fluffy and full of flavor with multiple ingredients. they are enough sweet to be an irresistible treat. thanks for sharing and keep on sharing more sweet treats.

  3. I am looking for strawberry jello mold recipe which included mandarin oranges, crushed pineapple and I believe cool whip. I enjoyed this years ago and possibly did not list all the ingredients, Maybe coconut and marshmellows too were added making it an ambrosia. A suggestion would be really helpful.

  4. Hi Christina, for years I’ve been looking for an old recipe made with jello and vanilla ice cream, thats all! I remember making the jello as directed and scooping vanilla ice cream in it while still warm and then freezing it. I just dont remember the amounts! Can you help?

  5. Looking for raspberry jello recipe my aunt made in the 70s and 80s. It had raspberries and cream cheese and no, no pretzel bottom

  6. I have been trying to find a recipe I made back in the 70 s for a jello mold salad. It had broccoli, mayo or sour cream, onions and jello. Have googled it but found nothing. Any ideas?

      • Does anyone know the recipe for a jello desert with the word “Carousel” in the name of the desert? It’s from many years ago, and you used a ring mold. Once the ingredients were chilled, I believe you mixed phili cream cheese with one or two ingredients and you would spread this on top of the jello before inverting onto a serving platter. We made this at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks

  7. I don’t understand your website. I am looking for a lime jello mold with cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, mayonnaise, nuts and celery. You have a picture that might be it, but no matter what I do I can’t get to the recipe.

    • Recipes for photos featured in this post are all listed in the post. These recipes are not my recipes. This is a recipe collection of jello recipes from around the web. You’ll need to check out the links I provided to see which is the one you wanted.

    • My aunt used to make a similar one. Never could get the recipe from her but there is one called layered Christmas gelatin that might be close to what you want

    • I think this may be what you are looking for: 1 lime jello, 3/4 cup pineapple juice, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 can crushed pineapple, 1 cup creamed cottage cheese, 1/2 cup miracle whip (mayonnaise), 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/4 cup walnut pieces. Heat 1/2 juice to boiling and stir in jello until melted. Pour into mixing bowl and add remaining juice. Add remaining ingredients and pour into mood (or into appropriate sized bowl). Refrigerate until set (4-6 hours or overnight)…..hope this helps! I make it every year at Christmas!

    • It sounds as though you’re looking for one of our family’s holiday “staples!” My mother called it, “Pineapple-Cheese Mold” and wrote it out as:

      3 oz. pkg lime gelatin
      1 cup boiling water
      1 cup evaporated milk
      1 cup cottage cheese
      20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, well drained
      1/2 cup mayonnaise
      1/4 cup celery, chopped
      1/4 cup nuts, chopped (I use either walnuts or pecans)

      Over the years, I’ve adapted it by doubling the gelatin, water, celery, and nuts. The 16 oz. cottage cheese container is basically 2 cups, so I use the whole container. I also use the entire 12 oz. can of evaporated milk. I do not double the pineapple or the mayonnaise.

      Hope this is what you were looking for. Enjoy!


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