Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad Recipe is made with cool whip, strawberry jello mix, mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, and maraschino cherries. This salad can either be an appetizer, dessert, or a side dish recipe.
This strawberry fluff recipe takes me back to my childhood for sure and brings back great memories of my grandma. It seems like there was never a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter dinner that she didn't serve this jello salad.
I can remember having fruit salad fluff in many different ways. Without the jello so it was just plain whipped topping. Also with strawberries, apples, and nuts added into it.
Sometimes she even added canned pineapple into this strawberry jello fruit salad. I think that is why I enjoy this recipe is because it can be easily changed to our liking.
You can use either frozen whipped topping or make your own homemade whipped topping. Then mix in the jello and the fruit of your choice for a delicious jello salad recipe.
Another way to change up this easy jello dessert is with the jello itself. Not a fan of strawberry jello then you can use a blackberry or your favorite jello flavor.
Cool Whip Salad
Not only did the ingredients change but the name of this strawberry jello fruit salad changed many times.
I remember it being called fruit salad, jello fruit salad, jello fluff, ambrosia salad, and of course strawberry jello fruit salad. I can also remember my grandma whipping her own whipped topping from heavy whipping cream.
So if you are not a fan of store-bought whipped topping then that could be an option for you. Both ways this recipe tastes delicious, using store bought is a quick way to make jello fruit salad.
I placed my bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes while I prepped all my other ingredients.
The base of this recipe always started with cool whip. Whether you make the cool whip from scratch or do a little cheat like I did and use store-bought cool whip. If using store-bought just make sure to have it thawed out.
I made sure that I put my cool whip in a cold bowl so it wouldn't get runny as I was adding all the ingredients.
Grandma started putting jello in it because one of the grandkids liked it best that way. And you know grandmas like to please their grandkids.
When you add the jello to the cool whip make sure to mix the jello really well to dissolve the jello into the cool whip. I used strawberry jello but you could use whatever flavor you have on hand.
To make this strawberry cool whip a fruit salad you need to add fruit. The fruit in the refrigerator was running low so I grab out of my pantry.
I added a can of fruit cocktail and mandarin oranges that I drained the juices off of. I was also eyeing up crushed pineapple but opted not to this time.
Just about everyone in my house loves maraschino cherries so I added those into the salad. If I had apples I would have added those as well.
What is great about this salad is you can add whatever kind of fruit to the jello you like. Mix in fresh fruits like apples, peaches, oranges, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.
To make this a more traditional ambrosia salad mix in some mini marshmallows along with the canned fruit and whipped cream.
When adding everything into the strawberry cool whip I folded the fruits into the cool whip. Be careful not to over mix so the cool whip wouldn't break down.
Once I had everything mixed together I placed the fluff salad into the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes to set up a little.
We had this as a snack but this simple recipe can be served as a dessert or as a side dish.
Take this delicious Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad Recipe with you to your next family gathering it's sure to be a hit.
Answering the question "what's there to eat" ~ Jen
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Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad Recipe
Cool whip mixed with strawberry jello, with mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, and maraschino cherries. A simple recipe that is perfect as a dessert or a side dish for any family gathering.
- 16 Ounce Cool Whip thawed
- 3 Ounce Strawberry Jello Mix Mix Only
- 15 Ounce Canned Mandarin Oranges Drained of Juices
- 14.5 Ounce Canned Fruit Cocktail Drained of Juices
- ½ Cup Marashino Cherries Drained of Juices
Place a large bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes
Add thawed cool whip into the cooled bowl.
Add the packet of strawberry jello into the cool whip and gently fold together until all the jello is mixed into the cool whip.
Add the mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, and maraschino cherries into the strawberry cool whip.
Gently fold the fruit into the cool whip until mixed together.
Chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving
Serve and enjoy. Refrigerate after serving.
The nutritional value may vary depending on the ingredients used.
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