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Simply Southern Recipes: Congealed Salad

Updated on June 19, 2014

How to Make Mama's Congealed Salad

I grew up in a small rural neighborhood in South Carolina. My mother often entertained relatives on Sunday for "dinner," which for us was the meal in the middle of the day. Sometimes we had all-day singing and dinner on the grounds at church, and all the ladies brought their best meals. My mother loved to make Congealed Salad for these occasions and I love to eat it! Still do.

Here's an easy recipe for this classic Southern company dish.

You can vary this recipe by trying various flavors of Jello and different kids of fruit.


  • 3 pkgs lime jello
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 large container cream cheese
  • 1 bottle cherries
  • 2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 jar marshmallow fluff
  • 1 can fruit cocktail, drained


  1. Mix jello and water. Put it in the refrigerator. until congealed.Mix the marshmallow fluff and the cream cheese thoroughly and whip the mixture into the jello. Add the fruit cocktail, cherries and nuts, and chill thoroughly.
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Memories of "company cooking"

This salad always takes me back home. That is the joy of classic regional cooking. Every area has its own special foods. In the South, traditionally health takes a back seat to taste and food is often meant to be shared with a bunch of people.

When we had company on Sundays, that was the only time Mama let me skip the preaching and just go to Sunday School. Then I got to go home and help her get ready. I learned to make this salad when I was really young, because it is easy and you don't have to cook it.

When we would have church dinners or suppers, there might be 10 different varieties of congealed salads on the tables, along with maybe 20 other desserts and more meats and side dishes than you could dream of. There were only about 80 members of the church, but every woman made multiple dishes, all subtly trying to outdo each other. Us kids would eat until we could hardly move!

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    • Jacolive profile image

      Jacolive 3 years ago

      This looks very nice

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This Southern recipe sounds wonderful! I haven't had anything like that in ages. Bet my grandmother used to make it when I was a kid.