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Cherry Gelatin Salad with Bananas

 Cherry Gelatin Salad with Bananas
This pretty, molded salad was always on my birthday menu. I love the chunks of banana, the cherry flavor and the festive red color. It's ideal for holiday menus. —Joann Jensen (daughter), Lowell, Indiana
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) pitted dark sweet cherries
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • Additonal sliced banana and chopped pecans, optional

Directions

  • Drain cherries, reserving liquid in a 1-cup measuring cup; add enough
  • water to measure 1 cup. In a small saucepan, bring mixture to a
  • boil. Remove from the heat; stir in gelatin until dissolved. Stir in
  • cold water and lemon juice.
  • Cover and refrigerate until syrupy, about 40 minutes. Fold in the
  • bananas, pecans and cherries. Transfer to a 6-cup mold coated with
  • cooking spray. Refrigerate until firm.
  • Unmold onto a serving platter. Garnish with additional banana and
  • pecans if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1/2 cup (calculated without garnish) equals 169 calories, 4 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber,

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Cherry Gelatin Salad with Bananas (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.