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Easy Jello Salad Ring Molds - 2 Favorite Family Recipes

Updated on December 21, 2017
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My mother was an excellent cook & taught me childhood lessons in the kitchen as she cooked from scratch. My hubby & I both enjoy cooking.

Two Family Favorite Jello Recipes

Do you have a favorite family recipe for a jello mold? Many people do and we are no exception.

What potluck supper or family gathering would be complete without a jello mold addition? Jello mold recipes have been around for years and will undoubtedly grace many a table far into the future.

Here are two of our family favorites. Hope you enjoy them as much as we have over the years.

Carrots

Carrots
Carrots | Source

My Mother's Congealed Carrot Salad

This congealed carrot salad recipe is one that my mother used to make quite frequently when we were growing up. It is a healthy addition to any meal as it contains nutritious vegetables and fruit in a gelatin base.

If one is concerned about sugar intake, you can purchase the jello made with sugar substitute.

Ingredients

  • 1 package lemon jello
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 5 to 6 carrots, grated
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

Instructions

1. Dissolve jello in 1 cup boiling water.

2. Drain pineapple, reserving the juice.

3. Use all of the reserved juice and fill with water to make 2nd cup of liquid.

4. Add the vegetables, pineapple and extra liquid to the jello and refrigerate.

Presentation Suggestions

This is pretty if put into a ring mold. When set it can be unmolded and put onto a bed of leafy spinach or garnished with parsley.

If serving individual portions and it was not put into a ring mold, it can be dressed up by serving a scoop of it in a lettuce leaf.

Enjoy!

Beautiful rainbow carrots found at a farmer's market in Houston.
Beautiful rainbow carrots found at a farmer's market in Houston. | Source

My Grandma's Strawberry Jello Mold

This strawberry jello mold recipe is a real crowd pleaser! Everyone raves about this special treat and always asked my grandmother to make it again and again. I personally think of it as more of a dessert. It is scrumptious!

It makes a large portion but the recipe can easily be halved.

Strawberries
Strawberries | Source

Ingredients

  • 2 packages strawberry jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pint frozen strawberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tall can crushed pineapple
  • 1 pint sour creme

Instructions

1.Dissolve jello in boiling water.

2. Add frozen strawberries, the mashed bananas and the pineapple.

3. Mix and let it begin to set.

4. Put 1/2 of mixture into ring mold

5. Add the sour creme spreading evenly over the jello and then add the rest of the mixture.

6. Refrigerate.

Note: This recipe can easily be made lower calorie by substituting sugar free jello and using low fat or no fat sour creme.

This recipe will have people coming back for more! Enjoy!

5 stars from 6 ratings of Easy Family Favorite Jello Salads

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I found some good sounding jello recipes using other ingredients and have included those videos below for your enjoyment.

What is your favorite recipe using jello as an ingredient? Please let me know in the comment section below.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      As you said, jello molds were always served at large family gatherings back at least when I was growing up. That strawberry one of my grandmothers was more like eating a dessert in my opinion. So good!!! Appreciate the pin and share.

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      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      Seems like jello molds are always popular at large dinners and often look so pretty and very impressive too. Jello was nearly always included in our family dinners. You have some delicious looking jello molds here. Sharing this again with followers and pinned to Awesome Hubpages.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for sharing these good salad mold recipes with others. These were both family favorites!

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      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      This is another of your hubs I haven't seen before for some reason! Agree that a molded jello salad adds so much to a meal. You have some good classic recipes here.

      Voted up, AUI, pinned to my "Side Dishes' board, and will share.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Glad that you liked these two family favorite jello recipes. Let me know how you liked the carrot one after you give it a try. It is certainly healthful! Thanks for the vote, 5 star rating and the share on FB.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      I know what you mean about not seeing as many jello molds being served today compared to past years. They were certainly popular when I was growing up. People should think of using them more especially if they are counting pennies. Sugar free varieties can be substituted if people are diabetic and they can be a healthy addition to a meal if filled with fruits or vegetables. Thanks for the pin and the share.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      If your friend is crazy about strawberries, he or she is bound to fall in love with this strawberry jello mold recipe. It is fantastic and like I said, to my taste, more of a dessert. Thanks for your 5 star rating and share.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      These two jello salad molds were often served when we used to have large family gatherings. Would be perfect for a pot luck supper or other type of gathering of people. Glad that you liked these recipes. Thanks for the share and pin.

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      dahoglund 

      5 years ago

      Hi Peggy,

      We don't use Jello much but I find plain Jello easy to make but have problems with it when other ingredients are added. Your recipes here sound good, I might try the one with carrots sometime. I voted up, 5 stars and liked on facebook. for some reason I could not find the share.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I haven't thought of Jello molds in years. My Mother used to make these, and I have tried, too. Mine just never look like hers, though. You have inspired me to make one for dinner tonight.

      Voted UP, shared and Pinned to my recipe board.

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      Indian Chef 

      5 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks Peggy for the wonderful Strawberry Jello. I really loved this recipe. I think it is simple yet very tasty. I am going to forward it to my best friend who is crazy for strawberry. Voted 5 star, up and shared,

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      The recipes sound delicious. I have plenty of molds I could use. Voted up, shared and pinned.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Betty Wilder,

      You could put the same ingredients into a square or oblong pan or dish that would hold the amount of the ingredients and simply cut the jello into squares when serving. It would taste just as good. Hope this helps! Thanks for your question.

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      Betty Wilder 

      6 years ago

      I don't have a gelatin mold. What can I substitute?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tammi,

      Since Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas following shortly thereafter...your pineapple, carrot and celery jello salad will be put to good use. It is nice to carry on family traditions! Thanks for your comment.

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      Tammi 

      6 years ago

      My mother in law always made the lemon jello with pineapple, carrot and celery for special occasions. My hubby loves it and I continue her tradition. Quick and easy the night before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. :)

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      When you say you had a bit of fun with jello molds, was this a science project with your boys or making food for the dinner table? With your comment, I was not certain of your meaning. Ha!

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      billyaustindillon 

      6 years ago

      Had a bit of fun with jello molds the other day - thanks Peggy

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello billyaustindillon,

      That strawberry one is like a dessert to me. Yummy! I always think of my grandmother when that one comes to mind.

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      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Peggy we often make these for the kids too - they seem to love them.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi MFB,

      Thanks for appreciating these family favorite jello mold recipes. How can one submit them into a new contest if they are already published?

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      Sounds like fun, I will have to try these and get some giggles from the jiggles they make when they cross my lips.

      you should submit them to the Hubalicious contset starting June first. Great stuff~~~MFB III

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings epigramman,

      What a wonderful compliment! Thanks for taking a peek at these family favorite jello mold recipes and leaving a comment.

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      If they could make a jello mold out of your hubs it would taste absolutely divine!!!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi GuitarGirl111 (or Sally x),

      Let me know if you liked them after trying. That strawberry jello mold is just like a dessert to my taste. Yum! Reminds me of my grandmother who gave us the recipe. BTW...Welcome to hubpages! Thanks for the comment.

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      GuitarGirl111 

      8 years ago from Hmmmm :)

      :) very interesting receipes :) i shall try them out sometime :)

      - best wishes, Sally x

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello swathin2,

      Yes, jello molds seem to fit in nicely when taking food to a pot luck lunch or supper. That last family favorite is more like a dessert. Let me know if you try these and like them. Thanks for the comment.

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      swathin2 

      9 years ago

      Hello nice recipes i think you love to intake salads a lot like me.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel, Hope you enjoy these recipes and thanks for the comment.

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Yummy, especially now the weather is hot

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kiran, Glad that you liked these.

      Hello Melody, The strawberry one that I made recently is almost gone. Will make the carrot, celery one next.

      And Hi nolimits nana, You are correct. Somebody always makes a jellied salad of some sort for pot luck gatherings.

      Thanks to all of you for commenting.

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      nolimits nana 

      9 years ago

      I don't think I've ever been to a potluck without a jellied salad showing up! Like Pete, I'll take the strawberry one.

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      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Thease all sound yummy, thanks.

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      kiran8 

      9 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Sounds yummy !

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello chicamom85. Love your avatar! If your relatives also made these recipes.....or similar ones......you KNOW how good they are. Thanks for the comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pete, It IS yummy! Made it today and my mother has already had second helpings.

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      chicamom85 

      9 years ago

      The first recipe, my Mother in law made all the time and the second is very similar to one that my Mom made all the time. We love them both

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      Pete Maida 

      9 years ago

      I'll take the strawberry one; that sounds yummy.

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