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Joys of Jello Ribbon Salad

Updated on July 29, 2017

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.

Photo by kimbesa.

Vintage Jello recipe book
Vintage Jello recipe book

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.

Jello ribbon salad recipe
Jello ribbon salad recipe

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.

Prep time: 12 hours
Ready in: 12 hours
Yields: 8 servings


  • 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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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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.

More Joys of Jello
More Joys of Jello

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.


Jello Comes in Many Varieties and Colors

What's Your Favorite Jell-O Flavor?

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Is a Jell-O Ribbon Salad in Your Future? - Will You Make a Jell-O Vintage Favorite Recipe?

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      kimbesa 4 years ago from USA

      @DebMartin: I've been thinking about this salad, and need a reminder myself! It won't be long before Labor Day is here and the summer's over.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Yes. In my future now. I always forget about jello during the summer months. It goes so well mixed with all the great summer fruits and here I am halfway through summer without a jello salad. Thanks for the reminder.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      After reading this lens, I certainly will!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      I've never made a jell-o ribbon salad, but they look so good! What a great treat!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I love jello and coolwhip. I make it all the time. Creamy and tangy. It's the best.

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      GOT LM 5 years ago

      So nice!

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      kimbesa 5 years ago from USA

      @KittySmith: Awesome! Great that everyone liked it, and thanks for sending them by!

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      @KittySmith: I made it, everybody loved it, some asked for the recipe. Of course I am sending them here!

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      I am making the Ribbon Mold for a backyard party tomorrow.

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Great lens! Squidlikes!

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      Huntsnan 5 years ago

      Already have the Jell-O, just add water! Pretty pictures, thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Who doesn't remember hot summer days with cool Jell-O treats as a kid?

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Yummy, my kind of food. I would like some now Please. Thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      LadyCharlie 5 years ago

      Great lens with sweet ideas for the summer. I will give your jello recipe a try. Blessed

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      Karnel 5 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      Looks so yummy we'll have to make it today and give it a try

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Definitely will give it a try, I can feel that it is delicious from the recipe itself.

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      CameronPoe 5 years ago

      summertime. of course. i just have to learn how to make 'em.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Ah Jello, the perfect summer treat!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      I did a similar thing but slanted the bowls whilst it set. Got a lot of comments about the angles of layers!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I love Jell-O ribbon salad! Great stuff - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      This looks like a great recipe for the 4th of July.

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      ledlightsshopau 5 years ago

      looks really yameee..

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      AgingIntoDisabi 5 years ago

      This dessert is a real classic. Second only to apple pie.

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Mmm - nice , looks delicious !

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Jell-O Salad is just about at every one of my family gatherings. Grandma always brings her lime gelatin salad. The kids love it.

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      love jello, so i'm sure i'll do a jello ribbon soon

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      sounds yummy!

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      looks yummy!

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      Vlad 5 years ago from USA

      Maybe one day I'll make some jell-o, but usually my wifey makes it for me :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes, for memorial day :)

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      DogWatchColumbus 5 years ago

      You betcha! I make a rainbow ribbon salad but could never figure out the blue or white for a patriotic one. Thanks for the great tips!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      The Jell-O Ribbon Salad is a staple at my fourth of July picnic. Love it!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      We used to call this a Neapolitan - by any name, a nice summertime dessert for sure. Variation: alternating layers of Jello mixed with yogurt or whipped cream: yum!

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      SoniaCarew 5 years ago

      Yeah! It looks tasty, beautiful,....

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      I love jello so much so this lens was awesome and tasty!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Looks very tasty!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Sounds just as delicious as it looks. I look forward to giving it a try.

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      Robin S 5 years ago from USA

      I usually just do the red and blue jello with the whipped cream on top. Yours looks a lot more interesting. Gonna try it next time!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Salads are always great.

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      Marc 5 years ago from Edinburgh

      Really tempted! We call it Jelly over here, and I love it!

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Sounds like a great idea for a party I have coming up soon. So bright and colorful - and who doesn't like jello?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My hubby does like jello. I may have to give this a try!

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Vintage jello cookbooks are a treasure. Some of the recipes seems truly bizarre, but your ribbon recipe looks beautiful and delicious!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh my, it is not necessarily in my future, but it sure was a big part of my past! We always had room for Jell-O ... J-E-L-L-O!

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      Mmm! This Jello salad looks so tasty and colorful.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I have always wanted to make the layered jello but have never gotten around to it for one reason or anther. Yours looks delicious and I think it is going to finally temp me into getting creative in the jello department ;)

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love Jello and as a matter of fact ate some today. I'm horrible though I buy the little ready made cups from the supermarket. Yours are so much prettier.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Ah, you have just reminded me of some pretty and delicious ways to add beauty to our table. I had totally forgotten about jello and my children have always loved it! I love the red, white and blue idea for the 4th of July.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I remember the old 60's version that Mom used to make from the picture, thanks to bringing us up to date with your modern version. Okay, I have to say this, there's always room for jello!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Your jell-o ribbon salad looks quite spectacular. But here in Australia we would call it jelly ribbon salad ;-)

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Well, sort of. :) I mean, I don't think I ever saw Jell-O here in Greece, but there are some other (European) jello brands I could use.

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      fourthofjuly 6 years ago

      Jello Ribbon Salad is perfect for Fourth of July!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      It may be in my future, looks like a very patriotic salad:-) I have an old jello cookbook...maybe the one you're talking about, will have to go check.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I love striped jello desserts! We call them comfort jello...

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Looks wonderful - I just love jelly!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      this looks wonderful - featured on my summer soup lens

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      This is my favorite jello to make for Christmas dinner. It's so festive looking and refreshing instead of the many really rich foods we eat.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      You betcha. I was saying earlier when someone did a jello lens that I was wondering where to find this recipe. LOL Believe it or not, when we were in Italy, we had a box jello that did this.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Looks very pretty, it would be perfect for a summer party. So glad summer is almost here!