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Mom's Secret Cherry JELL-O® Salad

Mom's Secret Cherry JELL-O® Salad


"My mom always makes this for Thanksgiving and all of my siblings have carried on the tradition. The secret is in the topping."
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4 h 25 m servings 430 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 430 kcal
  • 22%
  • Fat:
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Carbs:
  • 65.3g
  • 21%
  • Protein:
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Sodium:
  • 206 mg
  • 8%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Dissolve gelatin completely in 2 cups hot water and pour into desired mold. Mix crushed pineapple, bananas, and 1 1/2 cup cold water into gelatin mixture; top with miniature marshmallows. Chill until firm.
  2. Whisk reserved pineapple juice, sugar, flour, and egg in a saucepan over low heat and cook, whisking constantly, until mixture almost comes to a simmer and becomes thick, about 5 minutes. Mix cream cheese into sauce, transfer to a large bowl, and cool to room temperature. Stir whipped topping into cream cheese mixture. Spread over gelatin. Chill thoroughly before serving.

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  1. 11 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

Nice, only change was to use blueberries instead of bananas. It is pretty too.

Most helpful critical review

No different that jello with fruit in it. Topping ok. Just not special.

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Nice, only change was to use blueberries instead of bananas. It is pretty too.

you gotta try this recipe! Cheap and easy it will definitely be a regular dish in my home!

This was easy and just enough of a difference to your standard jello with fruit that it really stood out and got rave reviews. By no means a gourmet or exotic side or dessert, but a tasty, easy,...

Delicious, easy, and you can be a little flexible with the fruits you add and flavor of jello you. It's true - the secret is that yummy frosting!

Instead of bananas I used a can of cherry pie filling. The combo of cherries and jello and pineapples was delicious.The frosting on top was definitely the secret. This recipe is going to my reci...

No different that jello with fruit in it. Topping ok. Just not special.

This is Soooo good! We substituted tropical flavored jello for the cherry and it was amazing.

Perfect as a side or a desert

I was expecting the topping to be more firm. It was kind of a mushy mixture and there was way too much of it. Just didn't really care for it.

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