7-Layer Gelatin Salad

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


20 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Here's an eye-catching salad that my mother makes for Christmas dinner each year. You can choose different flavors to make other color combinations for specific holidays or other gatherings. —Jan Hemness, Stockton, Missouri
7-Layer Gelatin Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 7 packages (3 ounces each) assorted flavored gelatin
  • 4-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Optional: Sliced strawberries and kiwifruit


  1. In a small bowl, add 3/4 cup boiling water to 1 gelatin package; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in 3/4 cup cold water. Pour into a 3-qt. trifle or glass bowl. Refrigerate until set but not firm, about 40 minutes.
  2. In a clean bowl, dissolve another gelatin package into 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup milk. Spoon over the first layer. Refrigerate until set but not firm.
  3. Repeat 5 times, alternating plain and creamy gelatin layers. Refrigerate each layer until set but not firm before adding the next layer. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Serve with whipped topping and, if desired, fruit.
Editor's Note: Recipe may also be prepared in a 13x9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; follow recipe as directed. Cut into squares before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 163 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.