One of my most favorite deserts is my Grandma’s jello salad. She made up this recipe and it is a family favorite.
I use different variations of this Jello salad, but the same technique Grandma taught me. The home made pudding is out of this world. It is very easy to make.
When my husband first saw this jello salad, he wasn’t sure what to think. He told me he didn’t think the cheese was such a good idea, he didn’t think he’d like it. His mind was quickly changed once he took a taste. Don’t write this off because you think the cheese will not be good, it is wonderful.
I found these cute, rabbit shaped, marshmallows and decided to use them since it is Easter. They are hidden a little in the cheese, but it’s still a cute presentation.
This recipe makes a lot of Jello Salad. I cut it in half and I have fun with the combinations of jello and fruit. I also use the flavored marshmallows to mix things up a bit. Kids love this, and adults do too!
My Grandma makes this a lot, and she always adds different kinds of fruit with the pineapples. Her favorite type of fruit to add are bananas. I’m allergic to bananas! I went to her house and she told me she made her jello salad. I cut myself a piece then put it right back in the pan. I went back into the living room with no jello. She was just about to ask me why, when her eyes got all big and she said BANANAS! A few weeks later she made the jello again. This time she didn’t add banana’s and was happy to tell me that. I was so glad I could have a slice of her jello salad. I get a slice and there were some odd looking fruit pieces mixed in with the pineapple, just to be sure I asked what they were, Mango. I’m allergic to mango too. So, I had to learn how to make it myself, or I’d never get any I could eat! Ha Ha.
The first recipe is Grandma’s actual Jello Salad. The ingredients I used for the salad pictured are listed below. Feel free to experiment with flavor combinations.
Grandma’s Jello Salad:
1 regular package Lemon Jello
1 regular package Orange Jello
can crushed pineapple
1 bag mini marshmallows
2 TB. sugar
3 TB. flour
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 pint whipping cream (or 8oz. Cool Whip)
Grated cheddar cheese
Prepare Jello according to package
Drain pineapple and reserve the juice
Add pineapple to jello
Pour into glass dish
Cover with mini marshmallows and refrigerate to gel
Add orange juice to pineapple juice to make 1 cup
Pour into sauce pan
Add sugar, flour, and beaten egg
Cook over medium heat until pudding like, stir constantly
Remove from heat and allow to cool at room temperature, stirring occasionally
Once room temp., refrigerate until ready to add to Jello salad
Put whipping cream in a bowl and add lemon juice
Fold in the pudding mixture, whip together (if using whipped topping, then mix into pudding mixture)
Put on top of marshmallows then grate cheese on top
Refrigerate until ready to serve
Easter Jello Pudding ingredients:
Bunny shaped Marshmallows
Fruit cocktail drained, reserve the juice to use for the pudding