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Old 11-28-2009, 06:15 AM   #1
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Holiday jello salad/mold ideas?

I want to make some kind of jello mold/salad for Cmas Eve at my in-laws. I do NOT want to use cranberry as my base jello (blek!), would prefer strawberry or cherry, even lime, if I can. Any ideas out there? I have a recipe that is always a hit....pretzel crust, cream cheese, strawberry jello w/frozen strawberries and that's red and pretty, but wanted to see if there are any other ideas out there.


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Oooo I love the red jello pretzel salad! A green one my mom used to make (but has never been a hit when I have made it) is this: lime jello - when almost set add shredded carrots, pineapple chunks, cut up apples & walnuts. Sounds odd but I really love it! I think it's the carrots that make people go hmmmm.....so you could leave those out!

I know you said no cranberry, but I use this in any red jello - cut up apples, cut up celery, whole cranberries (canned), walnuts & pineapple chunks.

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Old 11-28-2009, 10:09 AM   #3
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I make this every year-my family insists.



2 (3 oz.) pkgs. lime jello

Prepare according to box directions. Put in 14x10x2 inch glass dish. Chill to partially set.


1 (3 oz.) pkg. lemon jello
1/2 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. pineapple juice
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup pecans
1 (1 lb. 4 oz.) can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 c. Cool Whip
1 c. mayonnaise

Add 1 cup hot water to lemon jello; stir. Add marshmallows and stir to melt them. Add pineapple juice. Add softened cream cheese; beat well. Stir in crushed pineapple; cool. Add nuts. Fold in Cool Whip and mayonnaise. Chill until thick.

Pour over lime layer. You may want to only use 3/4 of this mixture for a thin middle layer. Chill to almost set.


2 (3 oz.) pkgs. cherry jello (I also like black cherry)

Prepare according to box directions. Chill to syrupy stage. Pour over middle layer. Chill to firm. Yield: 24 servings.

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Old 11-28-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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Rainbow Jello Salad

This is pretty labor intensive but can be done over several days. Make sure that each layer has time to jell and do not pour jello into the mold until it is cooled. This always brings compliments where ever served. Enjoy.

Rainbow Jello Salad

16 oz sour cream
1 sm pkg red Jello
1 sm pkg orange Jello
1 sm pkg yellow Jello
1 sm pkg green Jello
1 sm pkg blue Jello
1 sm pkg violet Jello
vegetable cooking spray
2 cup glass measuring cup
1 cup glass measuring cup or a glass drinking cup

Spray 9 x 13 inch pan with vegetable cooking spray. If serving the salad from the pan a glass pan gives the best effect. If you will serving the salad in cubes any type 9 x 13 pan can be used and the cubes can be served in a clear bowl.

Mix red Jello with 1 cup boiling water in 2 cup glass measuring cup.

Add water to Jello to bring volume in measuring cup to 1 ½ cups.

Pour ¾ cup of Jello into a glass drinking glass or 1 cup measuring cup.

Add ¼ cup water to the drinking glass to bring volume to 1 cup.

To the Jello in the 2 cup glass measuring cup add 1/3 cup sour cream.

Stir until well mixed.

Pour Jello and sour cream mixture into prepared 9 x 13 pan.

Place 9 x 13 pan and cup of clear Jello into refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

Remove pan of Jello and cup of Jello from refrigerator.

Stir Jello in cup. If it is still liquid pour over sour cream layer in pan. If it has
started to jell microwave until liquid again. Let Jello cool and then pour over
sour cream layer.

Return pan of Jello to refrigerator for 30-40 minutes.

Repeat process for each color of Jello. Remember to only add Jello to pan when Jello has cooled.

It will take a minimum of 6 hours to prepare this salad. It can be prepared over several days. Allow plenty of time for the last layer to jell before serving.

To serve dip pan briefly in hot water to help loosen the Jello. Run a knife around the sides of the pan.

If serving from the pan, cut salad into desired serving sizes. If serving cubes, cut the cubes and transfer them to a clear bowl.
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My Mom mades a pretty red salad..

She used 4 small unit packages of strawberry and banana jello. 2 cups water. Small frozen strawberries mixed in. Let it sit until eggwhiteish.. not hard but not liquidy either.. then add mashed bananas ( 2 0r 3 overripe ones) and sour cream.. let sit.. unmold and serve.. it is good and easy
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do what we did one year........

get a ring shaped jello mold, we got several large boxes of LIME jello and and put big chuncks of fresh pineapple in in..made it as usual with the fruit in it....THEN we got the multi flavored cheerios and coated the ring of jello with the crunchies!

(got the idea from national Lampoons Christmas Vacation)

everyone LOVED it.
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All of those top our basic lime jello with fruit inside. But nothing screams holiday to me more than that as my grandma always made it.

Have you considered doing the layers as some of the boxes recipies include. All you need is a large box of jello (I prefer the raspberry) and a tub of either light or reg whip cream. I always add a full tub of whip cream as that's the best part, lol.
---Jello + whip cream, the receipie calls for frozen but I use it slightly thawed as it breaks down better that way. Add cream when still hot and then refridgerate until ready to serve (a few hours).

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I make the ribbon jello but in a less complicated way. I make the jello with 1c boiling water till dissolved. Add 1/2 c of cold water. Reserve 1/2 c of jello; pour remaining jello into round mold or clear bowl. Put mold in fridge until jello is firm, about 1/2 hour.

Mix reserved 1/2c jello with 1/2c sour cream. Pour over cooled clear layer. Put in fridge to firm up until you make the next layer. If you pour the layer over a spoon they spread out and don't make holes in the previous layer.

Takes me about 90 min. in all to make three colors/six layers.

***If you make the in a mold it's more difficult because what you're pouring has to be warm so it will stick to the previous layer and not slide off when you unmold.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:30 AM   #9
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Great ideas! Thanks!
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