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Christmas Ribbon Salad

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


15 servings

Spirits are light at holiday time around Debra Stoner's home--and so are many of the meas she serves. "I make this dessert every year at Christmas," she informs from Carlisle, Pennsylvania. "It's one of my husband's favorites. I slimmed down the recipe by using sugar-free gelatin and reduced-fat topping."


  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free lime gelatin
  • 5 cups boiling water, divided
  • 4 cups cold water, divided
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free lemon gelatin
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
  • 2 packages (.3 ounce each) sugar-free cherry gelatin


  1. In a bowl, dissolve lime gelatin in 2 cups boiling water. Add 2 cups cold water; stir. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate until almost set, about 2 hours.
  2. In a bowl, dissolve lemon gelatin in 1 cup boiling water; whisk in cream cheese until smooth. Stir in pineapple and pecans. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon over first layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. In a bowl, dissolve cherry gelatin in remaining boiling water. Add remaining cold water; stir. Chill until syrupy and slightly thickened. Carefully spoon over second layer. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 92 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

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  • mrsdulin
    Dec 29, 2019

    I loved this! I added pineapple juice to the plain layers and cut the liquid by a half a cup to make it a bit firmer for a mold. A VERY yummy tast and light which is refreshing during the holiday season. This was a fantastic recipe to make for a diabetic .... just swap out sugar free gelatin and there it was... easy and considerate too.

  • cjsanders40
    Jan 2, 2014

    Great refreshing dessert! Will Make again.

  • y lady
    Dec 26, 2013

    I have made this recipe for many years. It's brigh tcolors and good flavor make it a favorite

  • catfreak1
    Dec 26, 2013

    Linda - very good and easy to make.

  • cherillakeadams
    Dec 26, 2013

    Taste Great & Looks Great

  • grammy7070
    Dec 25, 2013

    Very tasty and looked so pretty on my Christmas table.

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    Dec 21, 2013


  • mlad1
    Dec 21, 2013

    This looks and sounds delicious, but what size dish do you use for the finished product?

  • lpm410
    Dec 19, 2013

    We always have this on Christmas for our Italian heritage .. The flag , so good ..

  • marly456
    Dec 19, 2013

    This is an old favourite in our family too. I've never tried it with the pecans though - sounds interesting. Since we are a small family, I always made half this recipe, and made it in a loaf pan, which I then unmoulded. Thanks for reminding me of this - I'll make it for my church pot luck!