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Apricot Fluff

15 reviews

When we were young mothers, I asked my best friend if she had a recipe for an easy ambrosia salad that I could take to a cookout later that evening. She shared this recipe with me and it's become a must-have at every barbecue I attend. It's sublime with peaches and peach gelatin, too. —Melissa Meinke, Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania

Peach Panna Cotta

This no-bake dessert is guaranteed to cool you off in the summer heat. I really enjoy the texture—rich and creamy...


Grapefruit Gelatin

We have no idea where this recipe originated, but this unique salad is always well received. It's a popular choice...


Fruit Parfaits

These parfaits are a refreshing fruity treat, and you can use whatever flavor of gelatin you like. Because it calls...


Grandmother’s Orange Salad

6 reviews

This orange salad dessert is slightly sweet and tangy, too. It adds beautiful color to any meal and appeals to...

Holiday Cranberry Salad

My mom made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I have continued the tradition. We now are on our fourth...


Cucumber & Grapefruit Mold

This old-fashioned gelatin is sure to bring back memories of Christmases past. It’s a refreshing addition to a heavy meal.

Snow-White Salad

2 reviews

I love to collect recipes for all kinds of occasions. This sweet gelatin salad is one I often make for...


Cinnamon Gelatin Salad

1 review

Crunchy apples and pecans contrast nicely with smooth gelatin in this pretty salad. —Denita DeValcourt, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee


Frosted Pineapple Lemon Gelatin

1 review

A refreshing, summery treat, this dessert incorporates ginger ale to add a zesty bite.
—Penny Burpeau, Londonderry, New Hampshire


Cranberry Eggnog Salad

2 reviews

For a bright salad with a vintage holiday feel, we stack a layer of raspberry gelatin and cranberry sauce over...

Hidden Pear Salad

5 reviews

Light and fluffy, this colorful salad is a very flavorful family favorite. When I made it for my husband's family...


Apple-Cinnamon Gelatin

This ruby-red gelatin is a festive addition to your holiday spread. Cinnamon red-hot candies add a unique flavor.—Suzy Horvath, Gladstone,...


Frosted Cranberry Gelatin Salad

Covered with a fluffy white topping, squares of this fruity gelatin salad can be served as a side dish or...


Layered Gelatin Salad

It's nice to offer a cool gelatin salad as an alternate to hot side dishes. Make it ahead and relax...


Rhubarb Salad

Even people who don't like rhubarb have fallen for this dish! The deceptively simple-sounding recipe does not prepare you for...

Spinach Salad Ring

I've been serving this salad on special occasions for more than 20 years. It's a new and interesting way to...


Apple Cider Salad

I especially like to present this salad at holiday potlucks. By adding food coloring to the bottom layer, I can...


Mini Molded Salads

My homemaker club is proud to say we've never served a dish more than once at our monthly meetings. That's...


Buttermilk Orange Salad

3 reviews

I'm always asked to bring this gelatin salad to family gatherings. It has a very pretty light orange color, which...


Spring Rhubarb Salad

In our part of Iowa, we know spring is coming when we see the first rhubarb peeking out of the...


Grapefruit Gelatin Molds

1 review

I found this recipe in a magazine back in the '50s. It's a nice salad, particularly with a heavy meal....


Circus Peanut Gelatin

1 review

Circus peanuts are one of the most popular candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this circus...


Spiced Cranberry-Chutney Gelatin Salad

I combined my mother-in-law’s famous cranberry chutney with my raspberry gelatin recipe to come up with this nicely spiced side....

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Apple Cranberry Delight

1 review

“My husband and I went to a cranberry festival, and I came home with 5 pounds of the berries! Luckily...


Raspberry Congealed Salad

3 reviews

My sisters and I especially enjoyed Mom's cool tangy side dish, which looks so lovely on the table. The pineapple...


Cranberry-Pineapple Gelatin Mold

This cranberry mold has become a tradition in our home during the holidays. You can use a blender to combine...


Molded Cranberry Nut Salad

2 reviews

We try lots of cranberry recipes, and this one is always requested when we have family get-togethers at Thanksgiving and...


Snowy Raspberry Gelatin Mold

4 reviews

This mold is always on our holiday table. The raspberry layer makes an attractive base for the creamy cream cheese...


Sensational Slush

4 reviews

Colorful and refreshing, this sweet-tart slush has become a family favorite. I freeze the mix in 2- and 4-cup containers...