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Seven Layer Gelatin Salad Recipe
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Seven Layer Gelatin Salad

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"Don't wait until the last minute to make this recipe. Each layer has to set before the next one is added."

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch dish Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr 10 mins

    6 hrs 25 mins


  1. Coat a 9x13 inch dish with cooking spray.
  2. Dissolve one package of gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water. Stir in 3/4 cup cold water. Spoon into pan and refrigerate until almost set, 45 minutes.
  3. Dissolve another package of gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup evaporated milk. Spoon over first layer and refrigerate until almost set, 45 minutes.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all gelatin is used. Just before serving, top with whipped topping.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 27, 2008

Great recipe - fun to make. One tip: if you are going to plate your jello out of a mold, make sure to spray or oil the plate that you turn it out on. I lost my 7th layer because it stuck to the plate. Might be a no-brainer for you - but it never occurred to me. Thanks for the recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 17, 2009

I made this in a trifle dish for my sister's colorful wedding. It was beautiful and tasty but I'm only rating the recipe three stars because I had major trouble with the directions. I ended up having to throw my first attempt out because, despite following the directions exactly, the layers melted one another and formed one big black unappetizing layer. My second attempt, however, I decided to stir in 3/4 cups of ice cubes instead of the water to bring down the temperature of the gelatin before adding it to the solid layers. That worked MUCH better. I also let them solidify for a full 60 minutes instead of 45. I read on the internet that there might be problems with letting them completely solidify because the layers may end up separating when they are unmolded but I had no problems with that (of course, I didn't "unmold" the layers because they were in a trifle dish...but when dishing out the layers they adhered perfectly).

Mar 29, 2007

This dessert is so wonderful! To add additional flavor, I add fruit to the jello/evaporated milk mixture and put it in the blender (i.e. mandarin oranges to orange jello, crushed pineapple to lemon and strawberries to strawberry jello.) My kids love it!

Sep 05, 2004

I personally do not care for any kind of gelatin so I find it amazing that I love this! I used strawberry, grape, berry blue, orange, cherry, apricot, raspberry from bottom to top, how awesome!!!!

Aug 04, 2006

We happen to like Jell-O at my house so this is quite fun. I'm not really fond of the evaporated milk layers though, and the trick is to pick several flavors that will taste nice together...if I did this again, I'd probably pick 2 flavors and layer them. I also didn't have space in my 13x9 pan for a 7th layer...not without sloshing it all over, anyway.

Dec 01, 2003

This recipe is a lot of fun! My children ask for it constantly and look forward to times when we have to bring a dessert to make it! Its also a good idea to add fruit to some of the layers.

Apr 14, 2009

This was a very pretty gelatin salad. I wanted to make it in my jello mold, so I poured half of each batch of liquid gelatin into the mold and the other half into a greased loaf pan. This worked perfectly! The gelatin looked great and tasted great also! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 25, 2005

I have been making this for years and it is always a crowd-pleaser. It's worth the time it takes to make.


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  • Calories
  • 189 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • 0%
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 106 mg
  • 4%

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

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