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Easy Jello Salad Ring Molds: Two Favorite Family Recipes

My mother was an excellent cook who taught me a great deal as she cooked from scratch. Today, both my hubby and I enjoy cooking.

My grandmother's strawberry jello mold

My grandmother's strawberry jello mold

Two Family Favorite Jello Recipes

Do you have a favorite family recipe for a jello mold? Many people do, and we are no exception. What potluck supper or family gathering would be complete without a jello mold addition? Jello mold recipes have been around for years and will undoubtedly grace many a table far into the future.

Here are two of our family favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have over the years.

My Grandma's Strawberry Jello Mold

This strawberry jello mold recipe is a real crowd-pleaser! Everyone raves about this special treat and always asked my grandmother to make it again and again. I think of it as more of a dessert. It is scrumptious!

It makes a large portion, but you can easily cut the recipe in half.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages strawberry jello
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pint frozen strawberries
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tall can crushed pineapple
  • 1 pint sour cream

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the jello in boiling water, according to package instructions.
  2. Add the frozen strawberries, the mashed bananas, and the pineapple.
  3. Mix and let it begin to set.
  4. Put 1/2 of the mixture into a ring mold.
  5. Add the sour creme, spreading it evenly over the jello, and then add the rest of the mixture.
  6. Refrigerate until the jello salad is ready to be unmolded and serve.

Tip: This recipe can easily be made lower in calories by substituting sugar-free jello and using low-fat or no-fat sour cream.

This recipe will have people coming back for more! Enjoy!

“Strawberries are what make life taste wonderful.”

— Anthony T. Hincks

My Mother's Congealed Carrot Salad

This congealed carrot salad recipe is one that my mother used to make quite frequently when we were growing up. It is a healthy addition to any meal as it contains nutritious vegetables and fruit in a gelatin base.

If one is concerned about sugar intake, you can purchase jello made with a sugar substitute.

Ingredients

  • 1 package lemon jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 3 medium to large carrots, grated
  • 1 large stalk celery, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Dissolve jello in 1 cup of boiling water.
  2. Drain pineapple, reserving the juice.
  3. Use all of the reserved juice and fill it with water to make a second cup of liquid.
  4. Add the vegetables, pineapple, and extra liquid to the jello and refrigerate.

Presentation Suggestions

This jello salad is pretty if put into a ring mold. It can be unmolded and put onto a bed of leafy spinach or garnished with parsley when set. A leaf of lettuce also serves as a lovely presentation platform for a scoop of the salad.

"What I want to do is produce really delicious food. I want it to look nice, because when you see food you should want to eat it. You shouldn't be saying, 'Oh my goodness, isn't the chef clever, he can weave the Eiffel Tower out of carrot sticks.'"

— Prue Leith

“It's as if we spend our entire lives avoiding Jell-O but it is always there at the end, waiting.”

— John Grisham

Other Flavorings and Ingredients

I found videos containing excellent-sounding jello recipes using other ingredients, and I have included two of those videos, below.

What's Your Favorite?

What is your favorite recipe using jello as an ingredient? Please let me know in the comment section below.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 17, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada,

Both of these jello mold recipes were family favorites when I was growing up. The one with the strawberries could substitute as a dessert in my opinion. It is delicious! If you give them a try, let me know what you think. Thanks!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 17, 2020:

Both these recipes sound delicious. Carrots and strawberries, both are high in health benefits, and I like them in any form. It would be interesting to try out these recipes suggested by you.

Thank you for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

As you said, jello molds were always served at large family gatherings back at least when I was growing up. That strawberry one of my grandmothers was more like eating a dessert in my opinion. So good!!! Appreciate the pin and share.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 10, 2015:

Seems like jello molds are always popular at large dinners and often look so pretty and very impressive too. Jello was nearly always included in our family dinners. You have some delicious looking jello molds here. Sharing this again with followers and pinned to Awesome Hubpages.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Thanks for sharing these good salad mold recipes with others. These were both family favorites!

C E Clark from North Texas on April 21, 2014:

This is another of your hubs I haven't seen before for some reason! Agree that a molded jello salad adds so much to a meal. You have some good classic recipes here.

Voted up, AUI, pinned to my "Side Dishes' board, and will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2013:

Hi Don,

Glad that you liked these two family favorite jello recipes. Let me know how you liked the carrot one after you give it a try. It is certainly healthful! Thanks for the vote, 5 star rating and the share on FB.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

Hi Mary,

I know what you mean about not seeing as many jello molds being served today compared to past years. They were certainly popular when I was growing up. People should think of using them more especially if they are counting pennies. Sugar free varieties can be substituted if people are diabetic and they can be a healthy addition to a meal if filled with fruits or vegetables. Thanks for the pin and the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

Hi Indian Chef,

If your friend is crazy about strawberries, he or she is bound to fall in love with this strawberry jello mold recipe. It is fantastic and like I said, to my taste, more of a dessert. Thanks for your 5 star rating and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

These two jello salad molds were often served when we used to have large family gatherings. Would be perfect for a pot luck supper or other type of gathering of people. Glad that you liked these recipes. Thanks for the share and pin.

dahoglund on May 13, 2013:

Hi Peggy,

We don't use Jello much but I find plain Jello easy to make but have problems with it when other ingredients are added. Your recipes here sound good, I might try the one with carrots sometime. I voted up, 5 stars and liked on facebook. for some reason I could not find the share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 13, 2013:

I haven't thought of Jello molds in years. My Mother used to make these, and I have tried, too. Mine just never look like hers, though. You have inspired me to make one for dinner tonight.

Voted UP, shared and Pinned to my recipe board.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on May 13, 2013:

Thanks Peggy for the wonderful Strawberry Jello. I really loved this recipe. I think it is simple yet very tasty. I am going to forward it to my best friend who is crazy for strawberry. Voted 5 star, up and shared,

moonlake from America on May 12, 2013:

The recipes sound delicious. I have plenty of molds I could use. Voted up, shared and pinned.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2012:

Hello Betty Wilder,

You could put the same ingredients into a square or oblong pan or dish that would hold the amount of the ingredients and simply cut the jello into squares when serving. It would taste just as good. Hope this helps! Thanks for your question.

Betty Wilder on April 06, 2012:

I don't have a gelatin mold. What can I substitute?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hi Tammi,

Since Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas following shortly thereafter...your pineapple, carrot and celery jello salad will be put to good use. It is nice to carry on family traditions! Thanks for your comment.

Tammi on November 22, 2011:

My mother in law always made the lemon jello with pineapple, carrot and celery for special occasions. My hubby loves it and I continue her tradition. Quick and easy the night before Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2011:

Hi Billy,

When you say you had a bit of fun with jello molds, was this a science project with your boys or making food for the dinner table? With your comment, I was not certain of your meaning. Ha!

billyaustindillon on October 18, 2011:

Had a bit of fun with jello molds the other day - thanks Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2010:

Hello billyaustindillon,

That strawberry one is like a dessert to me. Yummy! I always think of my grandmother when that one comes to mind.

billyaustindillon on July 03, 2010:

Peggy we often make these for the kids too - they seem to love them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hi MFB,

Thanks for appreciating these family favorite jello mold recipes. How can one submit them into a new contest if they are already published?

Matthew Frederick Blowers III from United States on May 26, 2010:

Sounds like fun, I will have to try these and get some giggles from the jiggles they make when they cross my lips.

you should submit them to the Hubalicious contset starting June first. Great stuff~~~MFB III

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Greetings epigramman,

What a wonderful compliment! Thanks for taking a peek at these family favorite jello mold recipes and leaving a comment.

epigramman on May 26, 2010:

If they could make a jello mold out of your hubs it would taste absolutely divine!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2010:

Hi GuitarGirl111 (or Sally x),

Let me know if you liked them after trying. That strawberry jello mold is just like a dessert to my taste. Yum! Reminds me of my grandmother who gave us the recipe. BTW...Welcome to hubpages! Thanks for the comment.

GuitarGirl111 from Hmmmm :) on March 23, 2010:

:) very interesting receipes :) i shall try them out sometime :)

- best wishes, Sally x

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2009:

Hello swathin2,

Yes, jello molds seem to fit in nicely when taking food to a pot luck lunch or supper. That last family favorite is more like a dessert. Let me know if you try these and like them. Thanks for the comment.

swathin2 on July 21, 2009:

Hello nice recipes i think you love to intake salads a lot like me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2009:

Hi Ethel, Hope you enjoy these recipes and thanks for the comment.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 30, 2009:

Yummy, especially now the weather is hot

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 29, 2009:

Hi Kiran, Glad that you liked these.

Hello Melody, The strawberry one that I made recently is almost gone. Will make the carrot, celery one next.

And Hi nolimits nana, You are correct. Somebody always makes a jellied salad of some sort for pot luck gatherings.

Thanks to all of you for commenting.

nolimits nana on May 29, 2009:

I don't think I've ever been to a potluck without a jellied salad showing up! Like Pete, I'll take the strawberry one.

Melody Lagrimas from Philippines on May 29, 2009:

Thease all sound yummy, thanks.

kiran8 from Mangalore, India on May 28, 2009:

Sounds yummy !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2009:

Hello chicamom85. Love your avatar! If your relatives also made these recipes.....or similar ones......you KNOW how good they are. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2009:

Hi Pete, It IS yummy! Made it today and my mother has already had second helpings.

chicamom85 on May 28, 2009:

The first recipe, my Mother in law made all the time and the second is very similar to one that my Mom made all the time. We love them both

Pete Maida on May 28, 2009:

I'll take the strawberry one; that sounds yummy.

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