Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ranch Recipe #18 : Strawberry Jello Salad

As we all wait for fall and cooler weather, I thought you might enjoy something cold and

delicious to tide you over during this hot month of August.

This recipe for Strawberry Congealed Salad is a Ranch Recipe family favorite.

It has appeared at our family gatherings, and earlier this year I made 3 pans of it to take to

a ladies' luncheon.

If you , like me many years ago, first saw a congealed salad jiggle in the sunlight

at some special family event, with your little girl eyes level with the picnic table,

then you know they are family works of art.

They are desserts labeled as salads, they are every color of the rainbow,

and they are loaded with hidden treasures.


yield: 12 servingsprint recipe

Strawberry Jello Salad

This is the perfect congealed salad for ladies' luncheons or special family gatherings.
prep time: cook time: total time:


  • 2 (3-oz.) pkgs. Strawberry Jello
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (No. can 2) crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pkg. frozen, sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. Dissolve jello in boiling water. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice to dissolved jello. Add thawed strawberries, pineapple, and nuts (optional). Put half of the mixture into a 9x13 glass pan and place in the refrigerator until set.
  2. When set, spread the sour cream over the congealed portion. Chill. Then add the rest of the strawberry mixture and return to the refrigerator until set.

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susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

This recipe is an oldie but very goodie. Thanks for refreshing my memory about it. I first tasted it when someone brought it to a potluck luncheon where I worked as a secretary at my first job. So that would be about 42 years ago. I had never had anything like it before, I was young (20) years old. It is sweet, but not too sweet, refreshingly cool, and delicious. Perfect for after that big BBQ on Labor Day.

Stacey said...

Sounds delicious!! :) Every family has a jello salad that appears at gatherings. Strawberry is my favorite.

Blondie's Journal said...

My late sister was a Jello mold expert...I'd love to keep up the tradition. This sounds so delish and beautiful as well. Thank you!!


Theresa said...

My Mama made this, I can almost taste it:). Have a blessed day dear Laura, hugs.

My thrift store addiction said...

I'm all about anything cool this time of year, Laura! Thanks for sharing!

Patty Marker said...

I love jello salads. I too, remember waiting for them to be cut into a family gatherings and always hoping to get a big square! This one sounds yummy.

Cecilia said...

Yum, it sounds so good and looks easy to make too! Always one of some kind at a family or church get together!

Pondside said...

That sounds delicious.
I have been making the same Lime Jello salad with cottage cheese, pineapple, celery and a little onion forever. It's still a family favourite.

Pura Vida said...

one of my FAVORITES!!!

Lisa said...

I've had this but never made this. Thanks for the recipe!

Summer said...

This jello salad looks good ♥

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Sounds so yummy and refreshing too!
Jemma said...

I think retro recipes like this are making a comeback Laura! This sounds dreamy good for a hot summer day!


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