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Pina Colada Molded Salad

My gelatin ring gets a tropical twist from coconut, pineapple and macadamia nuts. It's a wonderful anytime treat. Now that I'm retired from teaching, I have more time for kitchen experiments. —Carol Gillespie, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup cream of coconut
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • Pineapple chunks and freshly shredded coconut, optional


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set the pineapple aside. In a large saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Cook and stir over low heat until gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in the cream of coconut, sour cream, soda and reserved pineapple juice. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Fold in the flaked coconut, nuts and reserved pineapple. Pour into a 6-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  • To serve, unmold salad onto a platter. Fill the center with pineapple chunks and shredded coconut if desired.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with Coco Lopez cream of coconut.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 331 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 82mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Laurelsinthekitchen
    Apr 2, 2018

    Made this for my family for Easter according to the recipe. They said it was okay, but didn't have much flavor. They were not interested in me making it again.

  • Mrs_T
    Aug 6, 2014

    This is a delicious salad or [as I served it] dessert. I forgot to buy lemon-lime soda, so I made up an equivalent amount of lemonade with a powdered mix and added some lime juice to it. I also left out the macadamia nuts. I filled the center with a mixture of pineapple tidbits and cubed mangoes. I took this to a potluck and it went over very well.

  • Lincoln51
    Apr 24, 2014

    I made this salad exactly as the recipe stated and it was the nicest salad that I have ever made. It came out of the mold perfectly and the taste was wonderful. I filled the middle with cool whip and added mandarin oranges for color. I will make this many times more.

  • Maricar4
    Apr 11, 2014

    I love Pineapple & Coconut Cream! This recipe is a BIG TICK for me! Thanks ??

    Apr 11, 2014

    Great recipe, but I will use lemon gelatin and the juice from the pineapple can.

  • henryh
    Apr 11, 2014

    This can also be made with lemon jello rather than the unflavored (or sugar free lemon jello to save a few calories). It saves some time and effort that way. Just dissolve the jello, using the juice if you wish, as you would for any gelatin salad and then continue with step two.

  • mindysmama
    Apr 11, 2014

    Karway 44 very clever ideas will use them this weekend when I make this for a party. Thanks

  • karway44
    Sep 30, 2011

    Very blah tasting even after adding extra coconut flavoring. Maybe a pineapple gelatin would help rather than an unflavored gelatin, or a flavored yogurt would add taste.

  • DianneBerst
    Jun 22, 2010

    I took this salad to an office potluck, although I did not use a mold, and it was a hit, with many people asking for the recipe. Now I plan to take the salad to a retirement party for the judge I worked for--so glad the recipe was easy to retrieve online! Pina Colada is a favorite flavor of mine and this salad is so good!

  • cookiequeen58
    Jan 6, 2010

    I had this at a Christmas brunch and at first people were passing it by. But once someone tasted it and raved about it, it was a huge hit. My whole family loved it.