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Strawberry-Banana Gelatin Salad Recipe

Strawberry-Banana Gelatin Salad Recipe

Our family gatherings wouldn't be the same without this classic gelatin salad with its festive fruit layers. Since it stays nice and firm, it travels well and is ideal for taking to covered-dish suppers and church potlucks.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:12-15 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, partially thawed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup mashed firm bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in water. Stir in strawberries, pineapple, bananas and nuts. Pour half of the mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  • 2. Set the remaining gelatin mixture aside. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spread over the chilled gelatin. Spoon remaining gelatin mixture over top. Chill overnight. Yield: 12-15 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 184 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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Jill User ID: 9191685 267856
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2017

"The reason this turns out soupy is because the directions are incorrect; the pineapple should be DRAINED NOT UNDRAINED; made this for a church gathering and it never set; it also does not mention to drain off strawberries; hope people read reviews or directions are corrected."

Kristin User ID: 1537198 257432
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2016

"For those whose salads did not congeal, THIS is your problem. Your water must be BOILING, not just super-hot. A real full-on rolling boil. You MUST stir the boiling water and jello together for THREE entire minutes. Use a timer. No shortcuts. You must also well-drain your pineapple, and pour off any runny liquid at the bottom of the partially thawed strawberries. This is a technique sensitive recipe, but if you do my "helps", I guarantee yours will set up nice and firm! I can cut mine in tight clean squares that do not slop or ooze, and serve it with a spatula. Hope that helps!"

Kristiwatts User ID: 8633540 237949
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"My mom made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas and it is the best! It wouldn't feel like the holidays without it! To fix the problem of not setting, follow this instead:

Drain the pineapple very well.
Use very ripe bananas
Here is the recipe that has always worked well for my family:
1 lg pk strawberry Jello (or 2 small)
1 1/2 cups boiling water
**Melt jello in water. CHILL jello (but not set!)
In separate bowl:
Mash 2 ripe bananas
Add a small can of drained crushed pineapple
Add - sm pk frozen strawberries ( thaw halfway and crush with fork before adding)
Stir all gently into chilled jello and mix in a handful of crushed pecans
Layer in a casserole dish - 1/2 jello mixture in bottom.
Chill 45 min
Spread sour cream (no sugar) on top.
Pour remaining jello mixture on top
Chill completely
**the chilling process is important to help it set properly.

zoey5552 User ID: 6256946 237287
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2015

"My mother made this every year for Thanksgiving and it was such a hit! It is a perfect dish for the holidays!"

tattoogirl User ID: 8128420 28731
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2014

"The flavor of this salad is delicious, however, it does not ever set up, it is like strawberry soup. I have made it several times and follow the recipe to the letter and it turns out the same every time."

suzie706 User ID: 5894457 28729
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2012

"This was a great recipe for Christmas dinner. I doubled everything but the sour cream middle. It was delicious."

mmmm.. User ID: 6379270 80785
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2012

"Awesome sweetness/tartness combination, not so good at setting up."

portulaca User ID: 3126 42308
Reviewed May. 25, 2010

"My circle gals loved it & thought it very appropo for a springtime salad. I used black walnuts which gave it a great taste."

portulaca User ID: 3126 45722
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"I want to try this for my circle meeting next month but was wondering if the recipe can be doubled successfully or should I make it twice for ample servings? Tks"

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