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16 Jello Salad Recipes: Less Jiggle, More Joy

16 Jello Salad Recipes: Less Jiggle, More Joy

Can’t wait to try one of the trendy jello salad recipes you’re seeing? We have a few you might like!

Today’s jello salads aren’t what they used to be (thank goodness) and I think we can mostly say goodbye to the jello mold, too. Mostly.

We can count on jello to add color and flavor to mixtures of fruit and cool whip rather than the suspended chunks of whatever in clear and jiggly savory delights of the 1950s.

I grew up in the 80s hearing things like Green Goddess, Ambrosia, Waldorf, all that appeared on family tables with canned cocktail fruit, or nuts, or cottage cheese, or chunked fruit or mayo or all of the above. 

It was trendy to use real JELL-O, I hear.

But here we’ve gathered a few contemporary recipes that represent a kinder, gentler jello salad for picnics, potlucks, and for any seasonal occasion. 

Gelatin salads are quick to whip up and travel well, and you can make them less sweet as desired. 

Hope you like our options, but let us know if you have your own favorites, too.

Craving one or two jello salads? 

How about making this delicious Hawaiian fruit salad recipe?

Suitable for potlucks, picnics, and family get-togethers, this easy peasy dessert features fruit cocktail, pineapple chunks, mandarin orange slices, mini marshmallows, sour cream, and orange Jello. 

The perfect tropical balance of these ingredients makes this salad crowd-pleasing and oh-so mouthwatering!

The beauty of the sour cream helps cut through the sweetness of all the fruit, jello, and marshmallows.

When it comes to easy jello salad recipes, there’s nothing better than this Mandarin orange jello salad!

The blend of cottage cheese, pineapple, orange Jello, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, and whipped topping is quite pleasing to the taste buds.

To create, all you need to do is mix, chill, then eat!

If you’re a raspberry fan, then this classic summer dessert is for you!

This fluff Jello salad has a nice, light, and fluffy texture with summery flavor coming from five ingredients: vanilla pudding, tapioca pudding, raspberry Jello, whipped topping, and fresh raspberries. 

And the best part about this recipe? It’s completely customizable!

Summer BBQs and potlucks aren’t complete without Jello salads.

So in case you’re planning to have that fun outdoor party, be sure to serve this refreshing and sweet cherry Jello marshmallow salad to your neighbors and besties!

Prepared in just 10 minutes, this dessert mixes Jello, canned pineapple, mandarin oranges, pudding, cool whip, and marshmallows. 

Then don’t forget to garnish it with chopped nuts or maraschino cherries for additional crunch and flavor. 

Oh, I love Jello recipes, especially those old-school entrees from Grandma’s cookbook. 

I once made Hawaiian fruit salad and created one of the Jello shot recipes in this list. 

Guess what? Everyone in the house went crazy!

My other go-to jello salad recipe is this cranberry-inspired dessert salad. 

It features a tangy cream cheese topping then loaded with crushed pineapple, chopped pecans, and of course…cranberries!

This showstopping holiday dessert takes a couple of minutes to prepare, but make sure to let it chill in the fridge for at least two hours before you let everyone dig in.

Pineapple, pineapple, pineapple…who doesn’t love pineapple? 

When mixed with jiggly gelatin and cream, this tropical fruit is sure to brighten up your potlucks and outdoor get-togethers! 

This summer salad is pretty simple to put together and calls for basic ingredients like pineapple sherbet, pineapple Jello, and whipped topping. 

You also need a few cups of boiling water to dissolve the gelatin.

Serving this 5-ingredient and old-fashioned Jello salad is sure to bring the fresh and fruity flavor of strawberry and pineapple into your holiday plate.

The classic dessert also offers a crunchy and creamy textural nuance from chopped nuts, whipped topping, and cottage cheese.  

You can make the treat diet-friendly by using free-fat whipped topping, non-fat cottage cheese, sugar-free strawberry Jello.

Your next outdoor party will be taken to the next level with this caramel apple Jello salad!

This recipe uses simple ingredients and combining them takes only 10 minutes, making it the best jello salad to create when you’re short on time. 

You can also make this salad up a notch by adding English toffee bits, pineapple tidbits, peanuts, and coarsely chopped vanilla wafer cookies. 

You might have stumbled upon this retro jello salad recipe in your old grandma’s cookbook. 

It’s cool, creamy, and refreshing!

The addition of chopped pecans into the mix offsets the creamy consistency of whipped topping, mayo, and cream cheese while the crushed pineapple offers a fruity indulgence. 

Another highlight of the recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. 

Simply mix all the ingredients and put them straight into your refrigerator. 

Consisting of eight ingredients and taking a few minutes of prep work, this blueberry Jello salad features creamy indulgence and sweet flavor thanks to blueberry pie filling and cream cheese. 

Be sure, though, to double the recipe as this ultimate delight is bound to last for only a few seconds.

Banana fluff, everyone?

This banana-packed pudding salad is bound to spice up your potluck and holiday table!

It calls for banana pudding mix, freshly-sliced bananas, mini marshmallows, milk, whipped topping, and vanilla wafers, which gives a nice crunch and texture to the overall recipe. 

Quick to put together, this Jello salad is refreshing enough to bring you a sophisticated tropical eating experience!

The salad is overflowing with delicious flavors from the blend of melted butter, crushed pretzels, pineapple, coconut, and orange jello with mandarin oranges.

You can’t call your outdoor party a party without serving this classic retro recipe, Jello fruit mold. 

It’s sure to satisfy your cravings for something sweet and fruity!

After whipping up, the salad is tempting to eat, however, it’s best served chilled. 

So ensure that you keep the treat in the fridge and serve it to the crowd while it’s nice and chilly. 

It has a winning combination of strawberry Jello, canned fruit salad, and whipped cream.

Packed with wonderful texture and flavor, everyone is sure to come back for a second serving of this Cherry Coca-cola Jello salad. Or they will manage to at least finish the first bite. I mean, sometimes one serving of hella jella is enough.

The recipe starts by combining cherry pie filling, sugar, and water then add the gelatin powder into the mix. 

Once done, let the Jello mixture cool in the fridge. 

Pour the cola and crushed pineapple once the Jello is starting to cool, stir, and chill again!

For me, this green gelatin salad is one of the best classic jello recipes you can find on the web. 

Considered a vintage family favorite, this recipe features a bright flavor from a harmonious mixture of lime Jello, cream cheese, and crushed pineapple. 

You can make it in a big dish or chill the salad in cute molds for an ultra-fun presentation. 

Are you trying to get your much-needed strawberry kick in your Jello salad?

With a single serving of this Jello mold, you’ll be able to satiate your longing for the delightful fruit!

It has the right amount of creaminess from the sweetened condensed milk and the fresh, sweet, and juicy taste of the sliced strawberries and strawberry gelatin.

The bottom line

So, we made it through with just a COUPLE of molds. 

The fluffy, often creamy jello salad desserts are my favorite, though you may be more of a purist and want to see through your dessert. 

We put it all here, so let us know if you have a favorite!

Here’s our list of jello shot recipes too, since you’re here pondering gelatin recipes.

16 Yummy Ways To Make Jello Salad

16 Yummy Ways To Make Jello Salad

CookingChew reveals a jiggly joyride featuring 16 Jello salad recipes that can perk up your potlucks, BBQs, and family get-togethers.


  • Hawaiian Fruit Salad
  • Mandarin Orange Jello Salad
  • Raspberry Fluff Jello Salad
  • Cherry Jello Marshmallow Salad
  • Cranberry Jello Salad
  • Pineapple Jello Salad
  • Pink Lady Salad
  • Caramel Apple Jello Salad
  • 7-Up Salad
  • Blueberry Jello Salad
  • Banana Pudding Fluff Salad
  • Tropical Jello Pretzel Salad
  • Jello Mold With Fruit Salad
  • Cherry Coca-Cola Jello Salad
  • Green Gelatin Salad
  • Strawberry Mousse Jello Mold


  1. Pick one of these Jello salad recipes. 
  2. Gather all the ingredients and start mixin'.
  3. Chill the salad and serve it to your neighbors and besties.

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Judy Andersen

Sunday 17th of April 2022

More of a question than a comment. I was looking for the recipe for the first pictured salad. A gelatin layer with pineapple and then a white something layer with shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled on top. It was cut and served in squares. Do you have that recipe?

Andi Reis

Thursday 7th of July 2022

Hi, Judy. I will check on this. Thanks for asking. Hope you're doing well.

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