Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad Recipe
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Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad Recipe

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By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-15 servings


  • 1 package (3 ounces) cherry 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
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 222 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a bowl, dissolve cherry gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water; stir. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; refrigerate until set but not firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in milk and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Spoon 1-2/3 cups creamy gelatin mixture over the first flavored layer. Chill until set but not firm. Prepare remaining flavored gelatin as directed for cherry gelatin. Alternately layer flavored gelatins with creamy gelatin layers, allowing each to set before adding next layer. Top with lime gelatin. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe takes time to prepare since each layer must be set before the next layer is added.
Originally published as Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad in Country Woman November/December 2003, p40

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melita123 User ID: 479569 243726
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2016

"I made this for the first time yesterday for my grandchildren and it was not just delicious, but so pretty ."

grammaberr User ID: 826492 52853
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2009

"My aunt made this recipe in a spring-form pan, it was completely set and removed it from the pan, she iced it with Cool Whip. Decorated it like a cake. It looked and tasted terrific."

MarcyC48 User ID: 2794696 50605
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2008

"I used to have this recipe, but lost it. I'm so glad to find it! Everyone loved it, it's not only delicious but a colorful addition to any menu."

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