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Aunt Sally’s Coca-Cola Macadamia Nut Salad

This is my Aunt Sally's recipe. Everyone in the family loved it!

Coca-Cola salad with macadamia nuts

Coca-Cola salad with macadamia nuts

Aunt Sally's Special Dessert

Aunt Sally was Grandmother Knight's cousin. She never married. She liked to travel from one relative's home to the next, and I would say she was the most popular relative in Grandmother's family. As children, we were always happy when she came to visit because we knew we'd be treated to delicious desserts.

Aunt Sally never went to culinary arts school, but she was brilliant in the kitchen and created her own recipes.

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She would tell us stories as she cooked one of her special dishes. All of her relatives wanted her to visit so she would cook something special from her big collection of recipes.

In the later years of her life, we heard that she once fell in love with a pilot—and that the two of them had visited his family's macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. We think this recipe was a result of that trip.


  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar red cherries, pitted
  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks
  • 2 (6.8-ounce) bottles Coca-Cola, cold
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 (12-ounce) packages cherry Jell-O


  1. In a pan, pour the juice from the cans of pineapple and cherries.
  2. When it is hot enough to bubble, add the Jell-O.
  3. Stir slowly until liquefied.
  4. Mix in the cream cheese.
  5. Add the cold Coca-Cola.
  6. Chill in a large Jell-O mold or glass dish until partly set, and then add the macadamia nuts, cherries, and pineapple.
  7. Chill until firm.

© 2022 Barbara Purvis Hunter

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