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Joys of Jello Ribbon Salad
Jell-O Layered Ribbon Salad Makes a Cool Dessert
Make a classic Jello Ribbon Salad, or create your own special combination with new Jello flavors.
"Ribbon" comes from the colorful layers of sweet Jello, or Jell-O and pie filling mixture. There are lots of versions of this classy dessert in Recipe Land.
I've been thinking about this Jello salad a lot lately, with the change in weather and coming potluck parties.
I made my ribbon salad for a Fourth of July cook out, but this theme will work for many summer parties and other occasions.
Make one layer green in place of blue, and now you have a pretty salad for Christmas and other winter holiday parties.
In that instance, you could put the red layer on the bottom, using cherry Jello and pie filling, or perhaps red raspberry.
For a lighter salad, the pie filling can be left out entirely, or replaced with drained, canned fruit.
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Vintage Jell-O Is Cool
Ribbon Salad And Many More Jello Treats
This cookbook is the 10th edition, from the late 1960s to early 1970s by my estimate.
The Ribbon Salad recipe in this book is red, white and green. The red layer uses raspberry Jell-O.
The salad also includes crushed pineapple, marshmallows, whipped cream and mayonnaise, an unexpected twist that makes the dessert both tangy and sweet!
My Ribbon Salad recipe, below, is a modern adaptation. Goes to show how adaptable Jello is...
I recommend making this salad in a glass dish or bowl, in order to show off the layers to best advantage. Also, when you cut it, use a spatula to lift the pieces out, to preserve the beauty of your Jell-O layers.
Photo by kimbesa.
Ribbon Salad Recipe
Each layer needs time to set before the next layer is added.
So plan to make your Jello ribbon salad over several hours, in advance of when you'll want to serve it.
One big benefit: your salad will be ready and waiting for your carry-in, cookout, picnic or tailgate party! One item prepared and ready before the last minute.
You can change the order of the layers, as you wish. Use a 2qt. glass bowl or 13x9 glass dish.
I used a vintage glass mixing bowl in these examples. (I love to use my vintage finds.)
Photo by kimbesa.
- 2 pkg (3 oz) Black Cherry or Blackberry Fusion Jell-O
- 1 can cherry or blackberry pie filling
- 1 pkg (3 oz) lemon flavored Jell-O
- 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
- 1 pkg (8 oz) whipped topping
- 2 pkg (8 oz) strawberry flavored Jell-O
- Boiling water and cold water (as indicated in the instructions)
- Make the blue Jello layer (black cherry or blackberry Jello) using 2 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of cold water (and not the standard package directions). Dissolve the powder in the boiling water, then add the cold water. Stir to mix well. Add the pie filling and pour into the serving bowl. Refrigerate until firm.
- Prepare the lemon Jello using 1 cup of boiling water. Put the cream cheese into a separate bowl and beat, then add the lemon Jello. Let this mixture cool to room temperature, then fold in the whipped topping. Spread on top of the firm blue Jello layer, and return to the refrigerator to allow the white layer to get firm.
- Prepare the strawberry using 2 cups boiling water, and 1 cup cold water. Like the blue layer, dissolve the Jello in the boiling water, and add the cold water. Mix well to completely dissolve the power. Cool to room temperature, and gently pour onto the white layer of the ribbon salad. Return the bowl to the refrigerator until set.
More Joys of Jell-O - From 1993
Nearly 20 years old, this book is one of the more recent versions of the Joys of Jello franchise. Jello remains popular because it is an easy way to make tasty desserts and side dishes.
Jell-O comes in many flavors and you can make great desserts with it. Quick and easy! Especially cool for summer.
Also a great way for beginning cooks to make something they can eat, enjoy and be proud of. Make grandma's favorite Jello salad for your next picnic, cookout or other family gathering.