It’s easy to make a delicious Strawberry-Pineapple Jello Salad, enhanced with pecans, cream cheese and a secret ingredient- shhh.. it’s 7-Up!
Have you ever heard the phrase “it’s like trying to nail Jello to the wall”? Well, trying to get a good photo of a fantastic tasting Strawberry-Pineapple Jello Salad proved to be a huge challenge. I want to share this recipe with you in spite of that, so you need to know this strawberry-pineapple jello salad tastes good, in spite of the photos. OK? OK.
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A Little Bit About This Yummy Salad
This sweet strawberry-pineapple jello salad is super easy to make, and it’s full of flavor! The salad contains crushed pineapple, pecans, cream cheese and the secret ingredient… wait for it… a can of 7-Up! Yep!
Jello salad is perfect to feed a crowd of people, and this strawberry-pineapple jello salad makes approximately 16 servings! I have posted the pictures and recipe for strawberry flavored salad, but at times I have substituted lime jello for the strawberry, and it is equally wonderful!
How To Make Strawberry-Pineapple Jello Salad
Here’s what you do: Dissolve jello powder in 2 cups of boiling water (use the drained pineapple juice as part of this liquid).
Time To Blend It Up!
Once mixture is dissolved, put the liquid in a blender with the cream cheese. Blend these ingredients well, until the jello and cream cheese are completely combined.
Once they are fully blended, the jello and cream cheese mixture will look like this below…
Add The Secret Ingredient To The Jello!
Pour the creamy jello mixture into a large serving dish (a 2.5 quart dish for a half recipe or a 13×9 dish for full recipe works well). Add 1 can of 7-Up to the jello, then stir to combine.
After mixing the 7-Up in, the mixture will be foamy and look like this, in the photo below.
Time To CHILL The Strawberry Pineapple Jello Salad!
Cover the jello with plastic wrap and put the dish into a refrigerator. When the jello has thickened slightly (after about 45 minutes or so), add the crushed pineapple and chopped pecans (or walnuts).
Stir until combined, re-cover with plastic wrap and let refrigerate until the strawberry-pineapple jello salad is completely set. My recommendation is to let it refrigerate for 4-6 hours! I usually make this salad the day BEFORE I plan to serve it!
Time to EAT!
Once firm and fully set, serve the jello salad, by cutting it into serving-sized pieces. Remove the pieces with a spatula, serve, and enjoy!
This salad has been served alongside lots of holiday meals, especially at Thanksgiving time! It may not be the “prettiest” jello salad you’ve ever laid eyes on, but it sure is delicious! Hope you will give it a try!
You Can Also Make Lime-Pineapple Jello Salad!
This is also fantastic as a LIME-PINEAPPLE JELLO SALAD (substitute lime jello for strawberry) YUM! Here is a photo of that salad!
Hope you will consider trying this delicious jello salad! We have had it often, especially served with our Thanksgiving Day dinner! Have a great day!
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Original recipe source: unknown (been making this for over 30 years…)
- 6 ounces Strawberry Jello powder (large box-can also substitute Lime)
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 8 ounces crushed pineapple (drained, BUT RESERVE JUICE!)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
- 12 ounces 7-Up (1 can)
- Dissolve jello in 2 cups boiling water **(use reserved pineapple juice as part of the 2 cups liquid).
- Put jello in blender with cream cheese. Blend until completely combined.
- Pour jello mixture into serving dish. Add can of 7-Up. Stir until combined. Mixture will be foamy. Cover dish with plastic wrap, then refrigerate until slightly thickened (about 45 minutes or so).
- When jello is slightly thickened, stir in the crushed pineapple and chopped nuts. Stir to combine and distribute throughout jello. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely set and firm (several hours).
- When ready to serve, slice into serving pieces with a knife, then use a spatula to remove portions. Enjoy!
This salad does not take very long to prepare at all. Most of the prep time is INACTIVE time... "hurry up and wait for jello to firm up" kind of time! Try this with lime jello... it's fantastic!
Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!