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Sawdust Salad Recipe
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Sawdust Salad

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"This is a fruit salad/dessert which my family has always called Sawdust Salad because of the toasted coconut on top."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. In a large bowl, combine the lemon and orange gelatin powders and add the boiling water. Stir until the powders are dissolved, then stir the drained pineapple and marshmallows into the mixture and chill until firm.
  2. While the gelatin mixture is chilling, whisk together the pineapple juice, sugar, eggs and flour in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until thick. Stir constantly and do not allow mixture to scorch. Remove from heat and let before spreading over the congealed gelatin mixture.
  3. Toss the sliced bananas with the lemon juice to prevent browning of the fruit. Drain the fruit and layer the sliced bananas over the custard mixture.
  4. Mix the whipped topping mix as directed on the packages and beat in the cream cheese until smooth. Spread over the bananas and sprinkle with the toasted coconut. Chill for several hours before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 24, 2005

This was good, but I would make a few changes next time. Our family uses cheese instead of coconut (like others mentioned). I think doubling the custard would be great, and halving the marshmallows. Definitely worth trying - it took me years to taste it and now I love it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 23, 2003

I made this to serve at a potluck. The recipe was not too clear. When adding hot water to the gelatin powder, no amount of water was given. Since there were 2 packages of jello I used a total of 4 cups of water. I think there were too many marshmallows. Half the amount would be plenty. I heated the jello, added the marshmallows and melted them. The topping was very good but had a tendency to "slide" when the salad was cut into squares. The overall taste was good. I would make it again but with changes.


21 Ratings

Dec 15, 2002

I made this because I wanted a different jello salad for a Sunday dinner. It was totally awesome. Worth the effort. My family loved it. Thanks for the recipe, Diana. I will make it again and again.

Nov 25, 2002

WOW!! Very good recipe--My recipe is exactly like this one, but omits the banana, and instead of coconut, adds shredded cheddar cheese on top..Will try this version soon...

Jul 17, 2003

I had to throw most of this dish family didn't like it. The ingredients just don't go was an odd combination.

Aug 29, 2002

My church has an annual fundaiser luncheon, and I made this salad for the most recent one. Everyone asked for the recipe; one lady even called me at work to ask if I was the one who had prepared it. My husband is NOT a jello person; he loves it and has asked for it again.

Jul 13, 2005

I was looking for something different to do with Jell-O and found this recipe. The first time I made it I followed directions exactly, everyone loved it. Its a little time comsuming, but worth the effort. The second time I used only orange Jell-0 and I liked it even better. I've even experimented by using orange soda in place of the water for the Jell-o. Thanks for the great recipe Diana :)

Aug 29, 2002

I made this salad to take to someone's house on Christmas and it was a huge hit. The blend of orange and lemon jello results in a tangerine flavor. I would cut the amount of miniture marshmallows in half in the future and I used real Whipping cream in place of the powdered cream.


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  • Calories
  • 485 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 92.1 g
  • 30%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 10.3 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 5 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 199 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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