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Summertime Strawberry Gelatin Salad

Meet the Cook: For years, this salad has been a "must" at family dinners and special occasions. It's as pretty as it is good, so it's nice for serving at holiday feasts besides. My husband and I have three children, all grown, and a granddaughter. -Janet England, Chillicothe, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (3 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • MIDDLE LAYER:
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • TOP LAYER:
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3 to 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions

  • In a bowl, dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; refrigerate until set.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat cream (do not boil). Add softened gelatin; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add the unflavored gelatin mixture; mix well. Carefully pour over the bottom layer. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
  • For top layer, dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water; stir in cold water. Cool to room temperature. Stir in strawberries; carefully spoon over middle layer. Refrigerate overnight.
Editor's Note
This recipe takes time to prepare since each layer must be set before the next layer is added.

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  • Joscy
    Jun 4, 2013

    YES would make this, again, and again. Making this in a few weeks for my nephew's HS graduation party. It is a very delicious, refreshing salad. It does take time to make, but well worth the time.

  • Joscy
    May 27, 2012

    Definitely a keeper ~~ soooo glad to find this recipe. Am always proud to take this salad to Independence Day get-togethers.

  • jodil
    May 31, 2010

    This is one of my favorite gelatin salads! I use a bit less water in both the top and bottom layers to help it firm up a bit more. Sometimes I double the bottom layer to even it out with the thicker top layer that has fruit in it.

  • joyces10
    Apr 21, 2010

    I made this strawberry gelatin salad many times and it has always gotten great compliments. I am going to make it for Mother's Day it is a real treat!