Saturday, July 4, 2009

Patriotic Layered Jello - SALUTE your salad!

J-E-L-L-O... you can’t help but love it around any holiday. This is the recipe my daughter (now married with children of her own) won a state Dairy Foods Contest with years ago... WHAT dairy you ask? Well, there is dairy in the recipe (milk and sour cream) - but you don’t need that as an excuse to enjoy it this holiday... Cool, creamy, and very appealing on a hot July 4th. Be sure to start this early in the day.

If there is one thing I’ve learned about Jello gelatin, it’s this: The longer it takes to set up, the longer it takes to melt on a hot day. Interpretation: Allow your Jello to set up at room temperature (if you have enough time, that is!) and you can leave it out without worrying about it melting in the middle of your event...

My contest winner made this recipe exactly as it is written in a Bundt pan - and it was spectacular! But we have started setting jello in small disposable cups when we have big gatherings with LOTS of children. Loose jello on a plate (especially if it is RED or ORANGE) is deadly on carpet and upholstery, so we set it in individual cups that children have an easier time with. The unused portions are easily divided up and taken home in a manageable container.

So... with our 4th of July celebration/barbecue tomorrow, I decided to set this fun salad in cups. It turned out really fun - and I’m going to top each cup with star-shaped mini marshmallows... Enjoy celebrating today!

For this recipe, photos, and directions - go to: ("empty nest" tab)


  1. What a fun idea! I'll have to remember it for next year!

  2. This is a delicious looking eat. What a great idea. Happy 4th! We had beautiful fireworks in our area.