This delicious Jello Salad is perfect for all of those Summer BBQ’s and parties! The added bonus is, this jello salad is dairy free! Perfect with those of us with dairy issues and bursting with flavors!
Jello Salads are one of the easiest side dishes or desserts for all of those summer gatherings! Light and refreshing!
This jello salad is beautiful and so flavorful. You can use either fresh or frozen fruit for this recipe. Hands on time is only about 20 minutes. The refrigerator will do the rest of work.
This jello salad happens to have a patriotic twist, so it is great for any of the patriotic holidays, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day, for us Americans. It also happens to be lactose free!
A brief history of jello salads
Gelatin dishes first made a debut in medieval times, in the houses of the nobles. The reason for this, of course, lie in the complicated, labor intensive, process of making gelatin. Gelatin comes from the marrow of bones of animals. The bones must be cooked down for many hours and when that process is complete, the gelatin must be clarified.
The Jell-O brand was patented in the US in 1897, in a small town near my home, according to Wikipedia
The popularity of gelatin dishes grew enormously at the beginning of the 20th century, and perhaps peaked in the 1960’s and 70’s, when I was growing up. There were savory and sweet jello recipes. When I was a young, budding cook, I collected many, many jello recipes. Blueberry, strawberry, lime, lemon, orange, every flavor imaginable, even tuna fish!
This Jello Salad combines the flavors of Blueberry, Coconut and Strawberry for a glorious, fresh bite!
Can you Freeze it?
Technically, yes, you can freeze any jello salad. Do you want to freeze jello salad? The answer is no. When jello unfreezes, it will not be in a gelatinous state and unslightly, at best.
How long will jello salad last?
If you refrigerate your left over jello, it will last about 7 days. After 3 days, or so, the jello will sweat quite a bit of water and may get soggy. You can drain the water off of the plate.
How to make jello salad
- Starting with color of jello that you want on the top, mix the jello with hot water and stir until dissolved. Add cold water and refrigerate until partially set. 1-2 hours.
- When partially set, stir in about 1 cup of chopped strawberries, or whole raspberries, if using raspberry jello. Pour into mold. Refrigerate until fully set, about 2-4 hours.
- About 1 hour before red layer is fully set, mix up coconut (white) layer. Add 3 packages of Knox plain gelatin, and hot water. Stir until dissolved.
- Add can of coconut milk mixed with cold water to equal 2 cups. Stir well. Allow to set until partially set. Note: You can add a few tablespoons of sugar to this layer, but it is not neccesary when mixing it with the other sweet jellos.
- Add mini marshmallows to white jello mixture and stir. Pour on top of set red layer. Refrigerate until fully set.
- About 1 hour before white layer is fully set, mix up blueberry jello layer. Again, allow to partially set.
- When partially set, add fresh or frozen blueberries. Mix. Pour on to set white layer.
To unmold gelatin, run lukewarm water in sink, or container larger than the jello mold, not quite as deep as the mold. Set jello mold in water for 5-15 seconds, depending on how warm the water is.
Tap along the sides of the mold with the heel of your hand to loosen. Place your serving platter on top of the mold. Flip the mold and the platter upside down, simultaneously. If required, you can run a knife along the edges of the mold to loosen. Or place it multiple times into the warm water.
Just do not leave it the warm water too long, or the outside will start to melt.
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That’s how easy it is to make Jello Salad. Thanks for stopping by today!
Enjoy! And have fun cooking!
- 2 boxes strawberry jello can use raspberry
- 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen, chopped
- 3 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 3/4 cup mini marshmallows
- 2 boxes blueberry jello
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 large marshmallow large, optional for star on top
- Mix strawberry jello according to package directions. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, until partially set.
- Add chopped strawberries. Refrigerate until fully set.
- About 1 hour before the red layer is fully set, mix the unflavored gelatin with water and about 1 cup coconut milk. Refrigerate until partially set.
- Mix in the mini marshmallows and refrigerate until fully set.
- About 1 hour before white layer is fully set, mix up blueberry jello, according to package directions.
- When partially set, add blueberries and pour on top of fully set white layer. Refrigerate until fully set.
To Unmold Jello Salad
- Place the mold in a sink or large container willed with warm water, just to below the depth of your mold. Be careful not to let the water go into the mold. Hold it there for 5-15 seconds, depending on the temperature of your water.
- Tap all along the sides of the mold with the heel of your hand to loosen jello. If necessary, you can run a knife along the edge of the mold to loosen.
- Place a platter, larger than the diameter of the mold on top of mold. Flip the mold and plate upside down, simultaneously. Jello should pop out.
- If required, you can put the mold back in the water for a few seconds at a time. DO NOT leave the jello in the water for too long, or it will melt.
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How fun is this. I bet kids would love it.
Kids just love jello desserts, for sure! Thanks Dannii!
Such a delicious recipe! Served this for dessert last night and it has quickly become a new family favorite recipe! Yum!
Thanks so much Beth! i’m glad everyone loved it!
Thanks so much Beth! I’m glad everyone liked it!
Sounds like the perfect dessert to keep summer going! Can’t wait to make this!
I don’t want to even think about summer being over, so maybe I should make it again! Thanks Kate!
So festive and fun! Love the real fruit in it!
I like to add real fruit to jello, so there is something healthy, lol! Thanks Michelle!
Oh yes jello salads are great for summer holidays and this one is PERFECT for this weekend.
Yes, it is festive and fun! Thank you Dahn for the comment!