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Patriotic Gelatin Salad

Patriotic Gelatin Salad

"Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad make quite a 'bang' at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting to serve, and our guests loved the cool fruity and creamy layers. This salad really added to my patriotic theme. --Sue Gronholz, Columbus, Ohio"
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20 m servings
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Original recipe yields 16 servings

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  1. In four separate bowls, dissolve each package of gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water to each and stir. Pour one bowl of blue gelatin into an oiled 10-in. fluted tub pan; chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  2. Set other three bowls of gelatin aside at room temperature. Soften unflavored gelatin in remaining cold water; let stand 5 minutes.
  3. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat just below boiling. Stir in softened gelatin and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and vanilla until smooth. When blue gelatin in pan in almost set, carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups sour cream mixture over it. Chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  4. Carefully spoon one bowl of strawberry gelatin over cream layer. Chill until almost set. Carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups cream mixture over the strawberry layer. Chill until almost set. Repeat, adding layers of blue gelatin, cream mixture and strawberry gelatin, chilling in between each. Chill several hours or overnight.


  • This recipe was tested with SPLENDA(R) Granulated Sweetener.
  • Editor's Note: This salad takes time to prepare since each layer must be almost set before the next layer is added.

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  1. 38 Ratings

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This sure was a hit at the Christmas Eve dinner! I used lime and cranberry raspberry jello. Everyone was impressed! I found that the mold came out easily from a silicon bundt pan that had bee...

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It was beautiful, but the taste of the white layer not good.

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This sure was a hit at the Christmas Eve dinner! I used lime and cranberry raspberry jello. Everyone was impressed! I found that the mold came out easily from a silicon bundt pan that had bee...

directions were very easy to follow. I used a fluted bundt pan and was worried it was going to overflow the last layer because it filled right to the top, so I filled the last one with the fridg...

Family reunion everyone loved this one!This is the 3rd time I made this. It takes almost 3 hrs to do.Don't look at the prep and ready time.I put it in the freezer for a quick set and I do let it...

This was my first ever jello mold and I have to say that I was impressed with myself! I made it for Memorial Day and it was a big hit. One thing I would mention is that since I did it in a bundt...

Excellent. I made this with sugar free jello and splenda instead of sugar and it came out great. I was making it for someone who was on Atkins, so I needed a sugar free recipe dessert that did...

I've made it a couple of times since 4th of July 2009.. when each layer has thickened but not completely set , I add blueberries to the blue layers and strawberry slices to the red layers. I a...

I made this for the 4th. As a relatively young cook (22), I was a bit intimidated. It does take a lot of time, but I followed the tip on freezing it and it went much faster. Tasted great, the cr...

This recipe was a huge success on thanksgiving diner. My new extended family loved it so much they've asked me to bring it for christmas diner.

I have made 'rainbow' jello many times over the years, but this is the first time I made it with patriotic colors. What a pretty touch to our 4th of July picnic! I gave the recipe only four star...

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