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Special Salad

This jello salad recipe is just one of the many great recipes I have collected over the years from my mother in law. She loves to entertain and along with her wonderful meals she always has her table beautifully set with china, silver ware and the perfect choice of crystal bowls for her many varieties of salads.

Step one:
-1 box orange jello
-1 box lemon jello
Mix the two boxes of jello powder together in a large glass mixing bowl and stir in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Mix well until jello has dissolved and them add 2 cups of cold water.
Place mixture in the fridge until it begins to set. (this does not take long)

Step two:
-3 bananas, sliced
-1 small can mandarin orange segments, well drained
-1 14 oz can crushed pineapple, drained but save the juice in a 1 cup measuring cup for step five.
Mix together the three fruits and stir into partially set jello.

Step three:
Top the jello-fruit mixture with 1/2 bag mini white marshmallows and then put jello back in fridge.

Step four:
-1/2 pint whipping cream
-1 tbsp sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla
Whip together until thick, cover and place in fridge until step five is ready.

Step five:
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 tbsp flour
-1 egg, well beaten
-1 cup pineapple juice,( use the juice from the fruit and add water and 1 tsp lemon juice to make one cup)
Stir ingredients together in a microwavable bowl and heat for 1 minute at a time, stirring between until mixture is thick (2-3 minutes) You can also cook this on the stove top, stirring constantly.
Cool this mixture completely and then fold in the whipped cream. Spread over the marshmallow mixture.
Step six:
For the final layer, use a very fine cheese grater and grate 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese on top.


  1. This looks so pretty. I grew up in Jellow Salad Land. There are so many recipes!

  2. It does look pretty and sounds good...right up to the cheese? Just doesn't sound like it would 'go', but every recipe I've tried on this site has been wonderful, so this probably is too.

  3. This is a delicious and pretty salad, I used to make this and am glad for the reminder! Thanks Kathy..

  4. I was trying to decide what to bring for a potluck this week.. I just decided !! Thanks, Kathy!!

  5. I just discovered your blog and I am excited to jump in and try some of the recipes. Everything looks soooooo delicious!!!

  6. My grandmother made this and called it Sunshine Salad. :)

  7. It was sounding good right up to the topping of grated cheese??? Are you sure???

  8. sounds like an interesting dish

  9. I can almost taste this now,it sounds and looks yummy.

  10. I haven't seen this recipe in ages. When I was a girl it was very fashionable to have jello salads...and I loved them. I'm trying to talk my daughter into this for Christmas dinner. I'll bet we could have jello salad and whatever else we can think of that would be nice.

  11. I really enjoy seeing the jello salad recipes. Sadly, they have been long overlooked and nearly forgotten. I serve something similar at Eastertime, and the young people are wowed,grins. Thank you so much for posting this. The bright colors and flavors are a delicious addition to the table, any time of the year.

  12. Kathy....this is the salad we serve EVEY EVERY EVERY Christmas with our meal.!!!!!!!Love it!

  13. Shredded cheese? ::gulping:: Okay, shredded cheese. The first thing that popped into my mind, when I saw the photo, was "orange shredded coconut." I just assumed that's what it was. Then I read the words, 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese. Is it REALLY cheese? I thought, hopefully, you were preparing macaroni and cheese and somehow mixed up the recipes. Cheese? Okay, I WILL try it with cheese. I have faith in you and your "sisters." You haven't messed up yet, and I know you never will. Well, you may and not share your error? :)~ Say cheese!

  14. Your Special Salad looks so pretty, that I had to read the recipe & comments. Well I was surprised and not sure about making this recipe when I read about the egg and then the cheese, wow! So reading the comments and reading the remarks about the cheese and not anything about the egg made me look at the recipe again to be sure there was an egg in the recipe. OK, I will try this recipe and not tell the family there is an egg in it and that is cheese on top they see. I'm trusting you & the readers that the family will love the Special Salad too. Thanks for the surprise.

  15. I have been eyeing this salad for a few months now and finally decided to make it as an addition to our Christmas Buffet. I made it exactly as posted right down to the very finely grated cheese (used a rasp that I normally use to zest lemons) and this turned out fantastic. The only problem was that none of my 4 grown up children would eat it, having not grown up used to jello salad they just passed it by. However Grandma, myself and my husband all loved it. I think from now on I will make it for a special dessert for hubby and myself. I would also love to hear if anyone has tried different flavored jelly and fruit combinations?


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