This weekend my nephew is being christened. Afterward, we’re getting together for a little celebration and my sister has asked me to make my Fruit Studded Gelatin Salad. My family LOVES this stuff! And, I have to agree with them.
My mother-in-law found this recipe years ago in a Taste of Home magazine. After the first bite, I was hooked! I immediately went home and clipped it out of my own TOH magazine. I’ve been making it ever since — though I have tweaked the original recipe a bit to fit our tastes.
Compliments of It’s a Keeper
2-3 ounce packages of cherry gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1-10 ounce package frozen, sliced strawberries
1-21 ounce can cherry pie filling
1-20 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained
1-15 ounce can pear halves, drained and cut into chunks
3 medium, firm bananas, sliced
1-small ounce can of mandarin oranges
2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, blackberries or raspberries, thawed
In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in the strawberries until thawed. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours before serving.
Is It a Keeper?
This is most definitely a keeper! What I love about this recipe is that it’s so versatile! You can have it as a side dish, a dessert or even breakfast! It’s also very light. So, if you’ve eaten a big meal, this is a light, refreshing alternative to heavy sweets!
One of the ways that I’ve adapted this recipe is to use sugar free gelatin and no-sugar-added fruits and pie filling. You get plenty of sweetness from the fresh fruits — you don’t even miss the extra sugar!
I always laugh when I make this recipe…when I was pregnant with my son, I had to make this for Thanksgiving. That time, I used navel oranges rather than mandarin. As soon as I started peeling the first one, and got a sniff of the orange, I was hooked! I ate all of the oranges before I could get them into the dish! Which meant that I made a late night trip to the grocery store to get more oranges. From that point forward, I had to have oranges. All of the time. Oranges and root beer. Oh, and tuna fish. Sounds yummy, right?!?!
I highly recommend you give this recipe a try! We love it so much that we included it in our first cookbook, Hitchcock Family Favorites. Enjoy!
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Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer at It's a Keeper. I love to cook and am a self proclaimed recipe hoarder who reads cook books cover to cover like most people read a juicy novel. Join me as I cook and bake my way through the pile of recipes that I've collected. Read more.
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