Grandma’s Gelatin Fruit Salad

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling


15 servings

Updated: Oct. 21, 2022
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.


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


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup water and lemon gelatin. Add 1 cup ice cubes, stirring until melted. Stir in pineapple. Pour into a 13x9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; refrigerate until set but not firm.
  2. Repeat with the orange gelatin, remaining water and ice. Stir in marshmallows. Pour over lemon layer; refrigerate until firm.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in reserved pineapple juice until smooth. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  4. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat; stir in butter. Cool to room temperature without stirring. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.
  5. Arrange bananas over gelatin. Stir whipped topping into dressing. Spread over bananas. Sprinkle with cheese.

Nutrition Facts

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