Strawberry Jello Salad

10 Feb

When I need a dish for a potluck, buffet, or picnic that can be made ahead, is easy, and will please a variety of palettes from the very young to the very old I turn to an old favorite — Jello! What can I say — I grew up in the 60’s and moms everywhere were trading Jello salad recipes like kids traded baseball cards. This is a slightly updated version of our family’s favorite.

The good thing about Jello salad is that it’s very easy to make and you may even have the ingredients on hand.  The basic recipe calls for  adding frozen strawberries, a grated apple, a can of crushed pineapple, and lemon juice to strawberry Jello.  I used frozen, sliced strawberries with no sugar added and a red delicious apple.

You simply add a cup of boiling and a cup of hot water to your Jello, stir in your fruits and lemon juice, and you’re done.

As I was finishing up I remembered I had some fresh blueberries so I quickly washed and dried them and added them to the mix. I figured the more fruit the better. That’s the beauty of a Jello salad, you can be creative with what you have on hand, you just need to make sure you have the right balance of liquid so the Jello will set-up.

Pour it in a serving dish, pop in the frig for a few hours and you’re ready for your potluck! Just be careful when you pour – splashes of red Jello are easy to wipe up off the counter, but not so easy to get out of your clothes!

Recipe

2 small boxes or 1 large box of strawberry Jello

1 cup boiling water

1 cup hot water

1 pkg frozen strawberries, approx. 10 ounces

1 apple, grated

1 can crushed pineapple, approx. 14 ounces, undrained

Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

In a mixing bowl add the boiling and hot water to the Jello and stir until completely dissolved. Add the fruit and lemon juice. Stir gently to blend. Pour into a serving dish. Chill until set. Serve.

Do you have a favorite Jello salad? Do Jello salads conjure up a specific memory for you? Share your Jello recipes and stories, I’d love to hear them!

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