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Patriotic Gelatin Salad Recipe

Patriotic Gelatin Salad Recipe

Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad makes quite a "bang" at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting to serve, and our guests loved the cool fruity and creamy layers. This salad really added to my patriotic theme.—Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) berry blue gelatin
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. In four separate bowls, dissolve each package of gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water to each and stir. Pour one bowl of blue gelatin into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray; chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  • 2. Set other three bowls of gelatin aside at room temperature. Soften unflavored gelatin in remaining cold water; let stand 5 minutes.
  • 3. Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat just below boiling. Stir in softened gelatin and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and vanilla until smooth. When blue gelatin in pan in almost set, carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups sour cream mixture over it. Chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Carefully spoon one bowl of strawberry gelatin over cream layer. Chill until almost set. Carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups cream mixture over the strawberry layer. Chill until almost set. Repeat, adding layers of blue gelatin, cream mixture and strawberry gelatin, chilling in between each. Chill several hours or overnight. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe takes time to prepare since each layer must be set before the next layer is added.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 69 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 228980
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2015

"Made exactly as written (except I added strawberries and blueberries) and came out looking just like the picture! Can't believe I had no problems getting it out of the pan. It does take awhile to make. The first layer took the longest because it was still very hot. By the time I got to the last layer, it had almost set in the bowl before I had a chance to add it."

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Margie607 User ID: 215417 228848
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2015

"I followed the directions exactly as written - very easy - very pretty - very tasty! it is a great dessert to make. Cant wait to try it with other colors for other holidays."

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 226884
Reviewed May. 24, 2015

"This is a fantastic salad. Everyone was very impressed by the appearance and refreshing flavors. I put a mixture of fresh strawberry, blueberries, and sweet flaked coconut in the middle of the salad."

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Maureen1327 User ID: 7758022 5003
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"Also works at Christmas using green, red and white"

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shortbreadlover User ID: 960739 2314
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"love this recipe. i make it all the time. but i use different flavor gelatin. jolly ranch makes gelatin now and the flvor is better then jello"

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married User ID: 80816 4049
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"just anote also i enjoyed making the gelantin would do it again."

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married User ID: 80816 4221
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013

"why would the top part of the gelantin fall after cutting 4 slices"

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sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 4313
Reviewed May. 26, 2013

"This recipe is impressive, yet old fashioned & fun. I have a big military family so this was a hit!"

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nancepants User ID: 3365758 4048
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

"It was very delicious and showy. I made it for the 4th of July pig roast and everyone loved it. Didn't start it until the morning of but it set up beautifully and ready to eat by 5:00. I did substitute 8 ounces cream cheese for one cup of sour cream and it turned out great. Each layer set up nice and fairly quickly. Put blueberries, raspberries and black raspberries in the middle. Lot of fun to made and I plan on using different flavors for different seasons."

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kshea User ID: 2698812 4220
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"Showy! Made this for years, everyone likes."

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Dyna3327 User ID: 6075501 2655
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"I used 1/2cup water to soften the 2 packs of gelatin as directed. Then I added 1 cup boiling water to 1 can of sweetend condensed milk and a 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt. The white mixture was much more smooth. The first time I tried to sub light vanilla yogurt for the sour cream and follow the rest of the directions and it was really heavy and granular - dont do it."

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Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 5883
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"This is a really yummy gelatin salad. It is a little time consuming, but worth the effort. I like the fact that the ingredients are simple!"

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mrsoak User ID: 1995667 199103
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"It came out exactly as pictured. The children were especially impressed. Looked great on my table."

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poohntiggerz User ID: 247007 199102
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"My 6 year old daughter helps me with this. We even change the colors for different holidays."

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Ryanndy User ID: 3228021 2291
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2010

"It wouldn't be Fourth of July at our house without this recipe. It's a HUGE fan favorite! It is time consuming to make but SO worth it!!"

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mrs_h User ID: 3544768 6659
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

"This is a great alternative to high fat desserts. Make sure the top layer is not the white one. It is not as firm as the others and will sort of "melt" when you invert it. Just a little tip from experience..."

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mccraj User ID: 1069003 6656
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2008

"

I fixed this recipe for our family dinner on Sunday after the fourth. My family went crazy over it! I had been to a dinner on the fourth and someone brought a similar salad--one difference was using cream cheese instead of sour cream. I used cream cheese in the recipe and would do it again. It does take quite awhile to make but isn't hard, just time consuming.
"

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Writer_Of_Simple_Words User ID: 2398695 4306
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2008

I don't know well you'd taste the sour cream with the sugar.  I know in sour cream donuts you don't taste it hardly at all, just helps give it a different texture.
Lots of fun ideas with this one now I just need a jello mold."

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mtblack User ID: 3140671 8070
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2008

"thanks--I'll give it a try. Like I said, i only paid 50 cents. Worse case scenario is that I end up selling it in my garage sale for at least that! :)"

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phylboo User ID: 1545759 4861
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2008

"My friend had this flag pan and she used it 2 ways. 

For the jello   receipe ,she layered a blue layer, 2nd layer was red , the third layer was the white layer.  After all the layers; you add blueberrys all across the star section, then strawberrys along the stripe section.For accuracy, only smoothe the white sections where the white should be and leave the red blanks for the fruit.
 
She also made a cake with the pan  only  icing the whole cake white and then drawing with  a tooth pick where the stars and stripes should go(eye ball it) and then add your blueberries and strawberries
 
Hope this helps!"

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mtblack User ID: 3140671 4860
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2008

"Help!  I found a Jello flag mold at the Goodwill the other day. I realize it's too late for the 4th, but there will be other oppotunities. What I need help with, is the layering. It is the shape of a wavy flag (approx. 9 x 13 cake pan in size). There is an indention for the area of the stars and an indention every other stripe.  I'm at a loss.  The indentions are not very deep at all--like maybe a quarter of an inch, if that.  Any suggestions? I'd be appreciative. I only paid 50 cents, so I figured no harm if I couldn't get a good recipe and instructions on how to use the silly thing!!!

Many thanks!
margie"

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kckm9pa User ID: 1459384 4283
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2008

"Have made this for 30 yrs. as 7 layer jello mold in clear glass

dish--use lime, orange, lemon and red jello-a must for Christ-
mas Eve dinner. use card in recipe box to remind of seasonal
ideas and locations of recipes."

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Marleneriley User ID: 2944022 4047
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2008

"Why not use lime jello in place of the blue and serve at Christmas. You can use cream cheese instead of the sour cream or mix the sour cream and cream cheese together to lighten the taste of sour cream. I bet if we checked there might possibly be some fall colors to make this salad a tasty item for Thanksgiving. MJP"

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bahaokie User ID: 2608373 7187
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"This might a neat treat for several holidays if someone could find a way to get rid of the sour cream. Yuk!"

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jneu User ID: 1109560 6183
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"I agree, too late for this year, too bad. Sounds very good though, maybe will try it next year"

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irishnproud2b User ID: 2949269 4043
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"I think this would have been great if I received it before the 4th of July! Guess it could be made for most holidays using other flavors/colors."

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Gradysmom User ID: 804115 4219
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"Me too! Timing not the best. To late for this year and by next Fourth, I will probably have forgotten about it!

RLBaldwin"

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pattycrocker User ID: 2966898 8056
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"I received this today (the 4th) so maybe I'll remember it next year. It's pretty though and I think I'll try it at Christmas with red and green gelatin."

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Mouse_Nibbles User ID: 2747948 5046
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"I agree!! I would have made this for the big party we're hosting--16 people!! This would have been spectacular on the table!!"

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catlingmex User ID: 2486671 6182
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2008

"This is *so* pretty! It looks good to eat, too, and I may make it some time. I can't see why it is called a "salad," though, as there are neither fruit nor vegetables or anything else in it -- looks like a simple "gelatin dessert" to me. And this recipe came to me in a newsletter in the morning of the very Fourth of July -- um, a little late, no, to be making such a many-layered dish?"

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peggyhopper User ID: 2955414 6180
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"I so wish I could have had this recipe last week. What a beautiful surprise it would have been for my grandkids!"

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Writer_Of_Simple_Words User ID: 2398695 7488
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"You know you could easily change the blue gelatin to green and it would make a good Christmas dessert too.

I wish I would have seen it sooner as I know some folks who would've liked the recipe."

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ReneeBeauchene User ID: 3203318 4218
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"This looks fabulous but I must agree...the posting is a bit late. I would have really enjoyed seeing this a week or two ago so that I could have planned to make it for tomorrow."

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joycevan User ID: 998513 4142
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"It looks lovely but it is too late to fix for the 4th. Why wasn't it posted a couple of days ago???"

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procookcheyenne User ID: 2990541 4217
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"Gotta make for 2morrow!"

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dbunnygirl38 User ID: 1983710 7486
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2008

"It is the evening before the 4th of July, and I have already done some baking for our picnic tomorrow, OH, How I wish I would have seen this recipe sooner, I know it would have beena hit! I'll save the recipe for next year for sure... Thanks!!"

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Sparklett_j User ID: 1533403 6027
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2008

"This was such a hit at our Fourth of July party! Everyone loved it, especially the kids!"

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