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Seven-Layer Gelatin Salad

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling


12-15 servings

By alternating fruity layers of gelatin in harvest colors with sweetened sour cream, Melody Mellinger of Myerstown, Pennsylvania created one eye-catching treat. "Kids really fall for it," she says with a laugh, "but it's impressive enough to satisfy any adult."


  • 1 package (3 ounces) cherry gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin


  1. In a bowl, dissolve cherry gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water; stir. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; refrigerate until set but not firm, about 30 minutes.
  2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup cold water. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in milk and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until gelatin and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat. Whisk in sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Spoon 1-2/3 cups creamy gelatin mixture over the first flavored layer. Chill until set but not firm. Prepare remaining flavored gelatin as directed for cherry gelatin. Alternately layer flavored gelatins with creamy gelatin layers, allowing each to set before adding next layer. Top with lime gelatin. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares.
Editor's Note
This recipe takes time to prepare since each layer must be set before the next layer is added.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 222 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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  • Cindy
    Jan 1, 2021

    I've been making this jello for more than 30 years for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, my family looks forward to it every holiday.

  • rbow04
    Dec 21, 2018

    This is delicious. I followed the recipe as written. I did put the third layer on before it was set enough so my yellow and white mixed but that was my mistake. The rest of the layers I made sure the jello was cold and waited longer before repeating layer. The next time I won’t be afraid to let it completely set.

  • melita123
    Feb 13, 2016

    I made this for the first time yesterday for my grandchildren and it was not just delicious, but so pretty .

  • Kat6368
    Aug 10, 2011

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  • grammaberr
    Oct 27, 2009

    My aunt made this recipe in a spring-form pan, it was completely set and removed it from the pan, she iced it with Cool Whip. Decorated it like a cake. It looked and tasted terrific.

  • MarcyC48
    Jun 8, 2008

    I used to have this recipe, but lost it. I'm so glad to find it! Everyone loved it, it's not only delicious but a colorful addition to any menu.