For some reason, most of us link the jiggly jello with childhood, and it instantly brings back memories. If you want to experience this feeling but don’t want to eat plain jello, you may add extra things to it and call it jello salad. Don’t get us wrong, regular jello is delicious, but the jello salad is a step up.
What exactly is a jello salad? It’s a dessert salad made with gelatin, which is the jello, and some additions to up the jello game, such as fruits, whipped cream, cream cheese, biscuits, and others. It is typically offered at holidays or family gatherings; however, this should not prevent you from eating your favourite dessert anytime you want.
Whether you’re a jello salad expert or just starting out, we’ll provide you with four recipes that will have you devour all the jello plates in no time due to how delicious they are and, of course, with a dash of nostalgia. Don’t worry; they are all easy recipes you can make.
4 Easy Jello Salad Recipes
Everyone loves jello, and with these easy jello recipes, you and your loved ones will love it even more because the 4 jello salad recipes we will talk about today are game changers.
Think about it like this: adding fruits, cream cheese, or even pretzels to the jello is just amazing, transforming your jello experience and taste buds to a whole new level, so can you imagine how good any of these recipes are?
If you’re as excited as we are, we’ll share the four fantastic recipes that you might want to save them all since they’re so simple and delicious, and you can take our word for it.
Strawberry-Cranberry Jello Salad
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Refrigerate: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
When we say this jello salad recipe is flavourful, we mean it. It has a pretzel crust, a cream cheese centre, and, of course, a strawberry-cranberry jello top. Finally, sugared cranberries garnish everything in one bite. Can you imagine how delicious it is?
We believe that if you make it at any family/friends gathering, it will become your go-to dish because it is tasty, and everyone will enjoy it. If you’re scared it’ll be difficult to make, you’re mistaken; it’s a completely easy recipe.
- 2 crushed cups of pretzels
- ¾ Melted cup of butter
Cream Cheese Layer
- 16 ounces cream cheese
- 8 ounces Cool Whip
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- Large box strawberry jello mix
- 2 cups cranberry juice
- 1 chopped pound of frozen strawberries
Step 1: Making the Crust
The crust will be the first step in making this tasty jello salad. You can use a food processor for this step, but if you don’t have one, simply crush the pretzels in the bag because we want the pretzels crushed for the crunchy crust.
In a medium mixing dish, combine the crushed pretzels with the melted butter and stir well. Then, using a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, press the mixture into the bottom to form a wall for the other ingredients. Bake for 25 minutes at 375°F/190°C. Once you take it out of the oven, leave it to cool down.
Step 2: The Filling
Now comes the creamy cream cheese layer. In a mixing dish, combine the softened cream cheese, Cool Whip, and sugar. When you’re finished using a spoon, add the whipped mixture to the cooled crust and set aside. It is preferable to seal it to prevent anything from getting inside.
Step 3: The Jello Layer
Now comes the moment that everyone is looking forward to: the jello layer. To prepare the jello, follow the directions on the package; nevertheless, most jellies are made the same way: boiling two cups of water and adding two cups of cold water.
However, because we are mixing two flavours, use cold cranberry juice instead of adding cold water. Then, add the frozen chopped strawberries, which have been manually chopped or in the food processor.
Following the preparation of the jello. Allow it to be completely set before adding it to the top of the cream cheese layer from the previous step. The following step demands patience as we will need to wait four hours for the jello to be properly set in the refrigerator, but don’t forget to cover it. If you hate waiting, you can do it at night, and it will be ready when you wake up in the morning.
Step 4: Final Touches
The step is optional, but if we were to give you advice, it would make the jello salad go places. For a lovely taste and presentation, decorate the edges with cranberries.
All you have to do is Toss fresh cranberries with a little water, then with 1/4 cup granulated white sugar. The strawberry-cranberry jello salad is ready to be served. Just keep in mind that once you take your first bite, you will want more because it is delicious.
Sangria Jello Salad
Prep Time: 15 Minutes + chilling
Refrigerate: 6 Hours
Total Time: 6 hours 15 Minutes
If you enjoy drinking sangria, you’ll enjoy this jello salad recipe because it’s like eating the drink. Do you get what we mean? It’s a blend of your favourite things: wine, fruits, and, of course, jiggly jello. Is it easy to make? Extremely easy.
The mould is essential to the success of this dessert. As for the fruits, you can add whatever fruit of your choice. Some people like adding fruits to jello, while others don’t, but if we had to pick a side, we’d go with the fruits with jello because it adds so much flavour to the jello, regardless of the flavour, and this recipe is for the fruits with jello supporters.
- 1 3/4 cups fruity red wine
- 1 6-ounce package of raspberry-flavoured jello
- 1 cup chilled orange juice
- 1 cup green seedless grapes, halved lengthwise (about 7 ounces)
- 1 cup sliced hulled strawberries
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 large oranges
- Additional grapes and strawberries
- Orange slices
Step 1: Oiling the Mould
Making sangria jello salad is all about the flavour, but it’s also about the mould you’ll put the jello in, which is why we’ll use a 6-cup ring mould to get a good form. Begin by oiling the mould.
Step 2: Making the Jello
Add the raspberry jello to a large mixing bowl. Now, in a small saucepan, simmer the wine for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the jello is dissolved. The trick here is that instead of using water to make the jello, we are using wine. Then, add orange and lemon juice to the mixture and thoroughly combine.
Once the mixture is finished, place it in a bowl and place the bowl in a bigger dish filled with ice and water to cool down for about 20 minutes or until the jello begins to solidify slightly, stirring regularly.
Step 3: The Fruits
Begin by grating 1 tablespoon orange peel. Just remember to remove the white pith and cut the remaining peel off the oranges. Cut between the membranes of oranges to release segments.
We’ll fill the mould we prepared in Step 2 with the following fruits: orange segments and peel, 1 cup of strawberries, and 1 cup of grapes. Mix everything thoroughly into the jello. Allow at least 6 hours for it to chill, or do it at night, and it will be ready when you get up in the morning.
Step 4: Ready to Be Eaten
Here’s a clever method to keep the jello from sticking to the mould: make a good run along the sides of the mould to release the jello a little so that when you flip it upside down, it comes out easily.
Now it’s time to remove the jello from the mould so you may present it nicely and enjoy the delightful fruity flavour. The question is, how do we go about doing so? Simply lay the mould in a dish with hot water halfway up the sides for 30 seconds.
After placing the platter on the mould, invert the jello onto the platter, and you’ll have the jello out of the mould and onto the plate in no time. It’s optional, but you can garnish it with any leftover fruit.
Blueberry Jello Salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigeration: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
When we think about jello, the first thing that springs to mind is strawberry, but if strawberries aren’t your thing, you can always go for blueberries. Let us tell you that it is the perfect side dish for any family/friends gathering since adding pineapple gives the jello layer a more fruity texture, and it is topped with cream cheese and blubbery fruits, which is just a great combination. If you’re afraid about how difficult it is to make the jello salad recipe, don’t be. You only have to wait for the jello to chill, but it’s well worth the wait.
- 1 can blueberry pie filling
- 16 oz crushed pineapple drained
- 2 c. water boiling
- 6 oz blackberry jello
- 16 oz Cool Whip softened
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- fresh blueberries optional
Step 1: Making the Jello
The first step in making this yummy jello salad is, of course, making the jello. In a large mixing bowl, combine the jello and boiling water and stir well until dissolved.
After you’ve finished making the jello, stir in the pineapple and pie filling. Then, you’ll need a 9×13-inch pan to pour the mixture into. Refrigerate the jello for 2 hours or until it is firm.
If you wish to use fresh blueberries instead of canned pie filling, you can certainly do so, but the flavour will not be as intense as if you used canned pie filling.
Step 2: The Topping
The topping in this blueberry jello salad is a game changer, so what do we do?
Begin by thoroughly mixing the cream cheese and sugar, then add the Cool Whip.
If you have a lactose-intolerant member of your family or friends, you can skip the topping and serve it plain, and it will still be delicious.
Step 3: Last Thing to Do
Take the jello out of the refrigerator and put the toppings on top. Then, refrigerate for another 30 minutes to ensure that everything stays together. It’s optional, but fresh blueberries are a great addition. Finally, savour the delectable flavour.
If you like the flavour of blueberries but aren’t a big fan of eating them, replace them with other fruits you like, such as strawberries, bananas, or raspberries.
Layered Jello Rainbow Salad
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
The Layered Jello Rainbow Salad is easy to make; it may appear difficult at first, but once you get started, it becomes second nature. The jello salad recipe is all about repetition, with each stage adding new colours to create a rainbow effect. If you like, you can even use only two colours.
The flavour is undeniably delicious. Just keep in mind that most children love it since it is vibrant. Adults appreciate it as well because the colours on your plate make it appear to be a delightful dessert to have any time you are feeling down.
- 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 4-5 envelopes of unflavoured gelatin
- 5 3-ounce packages of jello, various colours and flavours
The jello-layered rainbow salad is incredibly easy to make. Still, you will find yourself repeating the procedures with a new flavoured jello each time to achieve the wonderful rainbow appearance.
A Pyrex pan will come in handy because it is see-through and allows you to see the colourful layers; just make sure it is 9 x 13 inches in size. To begin, mix 1 teaspoon of unflavoured gelatin and 1 cup boiling water to make the first flavour.
Pour it into the Pyrex and set it aside to cool, and you’ve just finished the first layer of the layered rainbow jello salad. While preparing the next layer, refrigerate for 30 minutes.
You’ll repeat the process, but this time, we’ll add condensed milk. You will do the following: 1 envelope of unflavoured gelatin dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water, then add half a can of sweetened condensed milk and another 1/2 cup boiling water. Mix until well blended.
The first layer should be ready and cooled by the time you begin the second layer. Take it out from the refrigerator to make the second layer by pouring 3/4 cup of the condensed mixture over the top of the jello. Allow it to cool for 30 minutes while you prepare the next colour for the third layer.
You will repeat the process again when layer two is chilled; we believe by now you know the drill: pour the third layer, which is the second colour layer, over the top and, of course, leave it to chill for 30 minutes.
When layer 3 is finished, and we mean cooled, pour the remaining condensed mixture over the top and chill for 30 minutes while you prepare the next layer.
Here’s a cool trick: If the sweetened condensed mixture begins to gel for whatever reason, simply Place the cup in a bowl of warm water and stir until it liquefies; just like that, you’ve solved your problem.
By the time you get to this stage, chances are the condensed mixture has been used, and you’ll need to make another batch from the rest of the can, or you can do a large amount in the second step to avoid having to start over.
However, if you want to make a new batch, here’s what you need to do: Mix 1/2 cup boiling water with 1 unflavoured gelatin envelope, then add the remaining amount of the sweetened condensed milk and another 1/2 cup boiling water.
You will repeat the process until you have used up all five boxes of jello and the condensed mixture.
Refrigerate overnight after completing the last layer; don’t forget to cover it with plastic wrap. When it comes time to serve, you can cut it into any shape you want, but the most important thing is the taste, which is, without a doubt, wonderful.
Last Jiggly Words
We hope you enjoyed these four jello salad recipes and that they inspired you to whip up some jello and make it for your loved ones or simply to make it and enjoy it after a wonderful dinner while watching your new favourite Netflix series. We have a question for you: which recipe would you make for your next gathering if you were to make one? If we had to pick, we’d go for the strawberry-cranberry jello salad because who doesn’t love weird combinations like pretzel and jello that really taste delicious together?