30 Old Fashioned Jello Salad Recipes

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These old fashioned jello salad recipes bring back memories. Whether you’re looking for a vintage recipe like grandma used to make or just a fun new twist on this classic, these old fashioned jello salad recipes will be just what you need. Most of these jello salads are healthy, and filled with fruit but are also so delicious you would never know.

A collection of different kinds of jello salads.

Old fashioned jello salad recipes are great for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any holiday dessert or just a quick and easy snack. The best thing about jello salad is that there is so many different ways to make it and it can be made with all different kinds of flavors and fruits. In this collection you’ll be able to find jello fruit salad, layered jello salad, molded jello recipes and more!

The jello mixture in most of these salads can be made with sugar-free jello if you’re looking for a lower-sugar option. And, there are unique additions such as mini marshmallows, walnuts, ice cream, fruit cocktail…even mayonnaise. When combined together the ingredients make a fun and tasty jell-o salad recipe.


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Expert Tips for Making Jello Salad

Jello salad is overall a pretty easy thing to make. Just make sure the jello sets for long enough and serve. If you are making a jello mold, just make sure you have a good jello mold. You can find them here.

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  • Spice it up: Spice up your jello salad by molding it into different shapes. You can find different kinds of jello molds here.
  • Easy to swap: If you see a recipe you think you would like but want a different fruit, but easily swap out the fruit to your favorite one.
  • Assembling Tip: Closely follow the instructions for best results. It’s best to chill the jello for 1-2 hours until it is like a thick jelly, and then fold in the fruit evenly and let it chill for another 2-3 hours.
  • Variety: From layered jello salad, cherry jello salad, green jello salad, pistachio jello salad or Jello fruit salad there is something for everyone and every occasion.
  • Use the Proper Tools: Use a large enough mixing bowl. A large bowl ensures you won’t slosh the mixture all around. In most cases, you don’t need a mixer. You can easily use a whisk.

Jello Fruit Salad

Jello fruit salad is a simple and easy treat that is full of flavor. Its like eating a fruit salad but with a little sugary gelatin. There is so many ways to make jello fruit salad but here are some of the most tasty recipes.

This easy Jello Salad recipe is light and refreshing. It's a quick and light recipe when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, there are only 4 ingredients!
Strawberry Jello Salad
This Strawberry Jello Salad is super easy to make and super delicious! Its a great healthy option with cottage cheese for a little protein and crushed pineapple to satisfy your sweet tooth.
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A square of lime jello salad on a plate.
Lime Jello Salad
Lime Jello Salad combines simple ingredients in a tasty way. You'll love the sweetness of the pineapple and crunch from the walnuts. It's made in pan, not a jello mold.
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Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad
Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad
Amazing as a salad or dessert, this incredible Cherry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate side dish for any occasion.
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Creamy Raspberry Jello Salad
 The color is so inviting, the texture creamy and the flavor sweet and wonderful. It’s a fun twist on regular jello. 
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Cherry Jello Salad with Fruit
Cherry Jello Salad
Cherry Fruit Salad is a delightful, light and fruity dessert after a heavy meal. It is so delicious and can be modified to create a dessert your family will love.
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Spiced Peach Jello Salad
Spiced peach jello salad — made with peaches, cinnamon, and cloves — tastes like a juicy peach pie in jello form.
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Sea Foam Salad (Creamy Pear Jello)
Sea Foam Salad (Creamy Pear Jello)
This creamy Sea Foam Salad recipe is perfect for the holidays! It combines pears, jello, cream cheese, and fresh whipped cream to make a light and spongey, perfectly-1950s jello side dish.
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Layered Jello Salad

For a healthy and delicious dessert, try these layered jello salad recipes. While the layers may look intimidating, these recipes are easy to make and everyone will be talking about not only how good the dessert is but how nice it is presented.

Layered Rainbow Jell-O Salad
Layered Rainbow Jell-O Salad
So easy! And no one will ever guess how much healthier this Layered Rainbow Jell-O Salad is one of my favorite gelatin salads.
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Pistachio Lush
Pistachio Lush
Prepare yourself for a nut-TASTIC taste sensation in this pistachio flavored dessert. Very easy to make!
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Layered Blueberry Jello Salad
Layered Blueberry Jello Salad
 My Layered Blueberry Jello Salad is gonna make you smile. Bring these tasty beauties to your next potluck and you’ll be everyone’s new best friend….promise.
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Raspberry Layered Jello Salad
Raspberry Layered Jello Salad
Raspberry Layered Jello Salad begins with a base of frozen raspberries, pineapple, and fresh bananas topped with a layer of sour cream, topped off with another thin layer of raspberries and jello! It’s the perfect side salad for Holidays and Special Occasions.
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Layered Cranberry Jello Salad
Layered Cranberry Jello Salad
This impressive Layered Cranberry Jello Salad features four layers that are beautiful, festive and delicious with raspberry and lime gelatin, pecans and other delicious additions! Great to make ahead!
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Creamy Layered Jello
Creamy Layered Jello
A delicious creamy layered jello recipe loaded with fresh fruits! A creamy layer of jello with cool whip and strawberries topped with classic jello.
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Jello Recipes with Molds

The great thing about jello mold recipes is that you can customize it so many different ways. Get creative and fun with your ingredients and just stir them in.

Jello Mold with Cream Cheese
Jello Mold with Cream Cheese
Cream cheese jello mold recipe . A sweet milk and cream cheese gelating layer covered with strawberry jello and topped with fresh fruits.
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Orange Sherbet Jello Salad
Orange Sherbet Jello Salad
This orange jello salad mold is simply made with orange jello and mandarin oranges. And it has orange sherbet in it too, so that makes it the best jello salad ever!!!
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Blueberry Yogurt Jello
Blueberry Yogurt Jello
This blueberry jello mold with blueberries and vanilla frozen yogurt will be a huge hit!
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Fizzy Berries Jello Mold
Fizzy Berries Jello Mold
Fizzy Berries Jello Mold is a vintage throw back perfect for serving your holiday crowd! It will make the perfect compliment to any dinner occasion.
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Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold
Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold
This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an attractive base for the creamy cream cheese layer.
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Strawberry and Chocolate Jello Mold
Strawberry and Chocolate Jello Mold
You won’t find any funky meat, cheese, or veggies in this stunning Strawberries and Chocolate Jello Mold. It’s not like Grandma used to make!
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Jello Recipes With Pretzels

These jello salad with pretzels recipes are just what you need for the holidays. It’s a fruity, sweet, and salty dessert that everyone will love.

Raspberry Pretzel Salad
Raspberry Pretzel Salad
Raspberry Pretzel Salad is sweet, salty, made with Jell-O, and topped with cool whip.
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Peaches and Cream Pretzel Salad
Peaches and Cream Pretzel Salad
Made with a salty-sweet pretzel crust, a delicious cream cheese filling, and an amazing layer of peaches this jello pretzel salad is perfect for your next holiday meal.
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Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe
This strawberry pretzel salad is always a hit at parties. It’s a strawberry pretzel dessert that is dangerously good! Sweet, salty, tart and irresistible!
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Pineapple Pretzel Salad
Pineapple Pretzel Salad
It is the perfect holiday side dish recipe! Wow your guests with this twist on classic Strawberry Pretzel Salad. This Pineapple Pretzel Salad Recipe is an absolutely delicious flavor combination.
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Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad
Orange Gelatin Pretzel Salad
Salty pretzels pair nicely with the sweet fruit in this refreshing layered salad. It’s a family favorite.
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Strawberry Lime Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Lime Pretzel Salad
The combination of salty, sweet, creamy and fruity is always a hit!
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Other Jello Salad Recipes

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

This Mosaic Jello is a fun kid friendly snack idea
Easy Mosaic Jello
This easy Mosaic Jello is a fun, kid-friendly snack.
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Pina Colada Fluff
Pina Colada Fluff
Bring that tropical feeling home with Pina Colada Fluff! An incredibly easy and delicious dessert salad!
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Lime Dinner Jell-O
Lime Dinner Jell-O
A very simple lime dinner jello recipe. Certainly sounds strange, but in practice it’s very tasty and rather fun to eat!
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The BEST Ambrosia Salad
The BEST Ambrosia Salad
One of my favorite desserts of all time – Ambrosia Salad! So easy to make and always a big hit with kids and adults alike, serve this at your next party!
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Watergate Salad
Watergate Salad
Watergate Salad isn’t just any salad, it’s dessert too! It’s always a win at potlucks, and holiday meals.
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Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad
Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad
An old vintage classic jello salad. This Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad is colorful, easy to make and still is a huge hit at holidays. The perfect side dish for a quick meal.
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28 thoughts on “30 Old Fashioned 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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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?

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  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

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  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?

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      • 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

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  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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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    • 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!

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    • 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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