Black Cherry Jello Salad

One of the family traditions that my mother carried on for my father was to serve her mother-in-law’s black cherry Jello salad at Christmas.  It is one of the dishes that I make for my family at Christmas as well.

It can easily be served as a dessert despite being called a salad, especially when topped with whipped cream…yum.


: Black Cherry Jello Salad

  1. 2 small boxes black cherry jello
  2. 3 1/4 c. water
  3. 1 can dark sweet cherries, drained
  4. 1 can chunked or tidbit pineapple, drained with juice reserved
  5. 1 c. seedless grapes, cut in half
  6. 1/2 c. mini marshmallows
  7. 1 banana, sliced*
  8. 1/2 c. pecans or walnuts, chopped (if desired)
  9. whipped cream or non-dairy topping

  1. Mix Jello with two cups of boiling water until jello is dissolved.
  2. Add 1/2 c. reserved pineapple juice and 1 1/4 c. cold water.
  3. Refrigerate for a few minutes until it is well chilled, but not set.
  4. Add cherries, pineapple, grapes, marshmallows, banana, and nuts (if using).
  5. Place in a dish or mold that will hold 2 quarts.
  6. Refrigerate until set.
  7. Serve with whipped topping, if desired.

Amounts of fruit, marshmallows and nuts can vary.

* Bananas do not last as well in the salad, but do fine enrobed in the sugary Jello for a day (or so).  Thus, it is not recommended to include them if the Jello won’t be completely consumed within a day of making it.  I do not know how they do in Jello that uses a sugar substitute.

The pineapple MUST be canned.  Fresh will not allow the Jello to set.

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  1. Jello salads are a favorite I my family. This recipe was a terrific blend of flavored. I did not include the bananas.

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