Grandma's Gelatin Fruit Salad Recipe

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Grandma's Gelatin Fruit Salad Recipe
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Grandma's Gelatin Fruit Salad Recipe

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Whenever I invite my big family for dinner, my grandchildren request this favorite fruit salad. My sons have always liked it, too - maybe the taste runs in our family! This salad is also good for potluck gatherings.
MAKES:
12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:
12-15 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon-flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups ice cubes, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, liquid drained and reserved
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • COOKED SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 cup whipped topping

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup water and lemon gelatin. Add 1 cup ice cubes, stirring until melted. Add pineapple. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; refrigerate until set. Repeat with orange gelatin, remaining water and ice. Stir in marshmallows. Pour over lemon layer; refrigerate until set. For dressing, combine pineapple juice, sugar, egg, cornstarch and butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, arrange bananas over gelatin. Combine dressing with whipped topping; spread over bananas. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Grandma's Gelatin Fruit Salad in Reminisce May/June 1992, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 194 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon-flavored gelatin
  • 2 cups ice cubes, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange-flavored gelatin
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, liquid drained and reserved
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 3 large bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • COOKED SALAD DRESSING:
  • 1 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 cup whipped topping
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup water and lemon gelatin. Add 1 cup ice cubes, stirring until melted. Add pineapple. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan; refrigerate until set. Repeat with orange gelatin, remaining water and ice. Stir in marshmallows. Pour over lemon layer; refrigerate until set. For dressing, combine pineapple juice, sugar, egg, cornstarch and butter in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, arrange bananas over gelatin. Combine dressing with whipped topping; spread over bananas. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Originally published as Grandma's Gelatin Fruit Salad in Reminisce May/June 1992, p37

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sharonlenore123 User ID: 8689711 260887
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"My family, young and older alike, loved this."

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Marmiarmo User ID: 6812362 13870
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2012

"I searched for this recipe for years, until a cousin finally found it for me. This is almost exactly the way my mother used to make this!

My mother used all lemon gelatin (I used a box of lemon and a box of pineapple) and made just one layer with all of the fruit and marshmallows stirred in. She didn't use egg in the topping, but I followed the recipe here and did, and it tasted just as I remember it.
My gosh, is this delicious! The Cheddar cheese is just the right touch for the sweetness of all that gelatin, marshmallows, etc. Thank you so much for posting this!"

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