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Sweetheart Jello Salad

 Sweetheart Jello Salad
My cousin served this tasty salad to my family at a memorable Sunday dinner many years ago. I've added this special dish to my menu for Valentine's Day, but I prepare it for other holidays as well. It's so colorful that it adds a festive touch to your table.
12-16 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 12 maraschino cherries, quartered
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

Directions

  • Soften gelatin in cold water. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring sugar
  • and pineapple with juice to a boil, stirring until the sugar
  • dissolves. Remove from the heat. Add gelatin and stir until
  • dissolved. Add lemon and cherry juices. Cool to lukewarm. Whisk in
  • cream cheese until thoroughly combined. Stir in the cherries and
  • food coloring if desired. Chill until slightly thickened. Fold in
  • whipped topping. Pour into an oiled 13-in. x 9-in. pan or 8-1/2-cup
  • mold; chill until firm. Serve the mold or individual squares on
  • lettuce-lined plates if desired. Yield: 12-16 servings.