Easy Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad is a retro recipe that’s perfect for spring and summer holidays, parties and potlucks. You’ll love this foamy pink treat!
I found this fun retro strawberry Jello salad among my grandmother’s old recipes, although it was actually in my mom’s writing. The weird thing is that I don’t ever remember her making this. I know I’ve had a similar Jello salad before — probably at a church potluck or something like that. So, I asked my parents about it, and they both agreed that my mom probably got the recipe from my grandma but never made it herself.
It’s not that we never had Jello — We definitely did. But it was usually served plain, without fruit. I’ve never been a big fan of fruit in Jello, so plain was fine with me!
But last year, I made strawberry pretzel salad and a lime Jello salad that was one of the Hubs’ favorite dessert salads when he was growing up, and I actually liked it. So, I knew this strawberry Jello salad would be just as good. And actually, it’s even better!
This strawberry Jello fruit salad is definitely more of a dessert salad. It’s pink, sweet and kind of foamy. And it’s loaded with strawberries, which is always a good thing! It’s also super easy to make.
Basically, you just start out like you’re making regular Jello. You mix the gelatin with hot and cold water, and then you put it into the fridge to thicken up a little bit. Then, you stir in frozen strawberries, which helps the mixture to firm up.
Next, you use a wire whisk to whip the mix until it resembles broken-up Jello, and then, you gently fold in whipped topping. Keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat, and that’s it!
I know it’s not a healthy salad recipe, but hey, it does have fruit! And besides, I’m a sucker for vintage recipes — when you make them and taste them, it’s like stepping back in time. Who’s with me on that?!
How to Make Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad
Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad is a light, foamy pink retro recipe made with strawberries, whipped topping and Jello. It's perfect for spring and summer holidays, parties and potlucks!
- 1 6-ounce package Strawberry Jello
- 2 cups hot water
- 1 3/4 cup cold water
- 1 8-ounce package whipped topping
- 1 pound frozen strawberries, halved
In a large casserole dish, mix the Jello with hot water and cold water until completely dissolved
Refrigerate for about 1/2 hour, or until Jello starts to thicken
Stir in frozen strawberries, and whip with a wire whisk until mixture is thick and resembles broken-up Jello
Fold in whipped topping, smooth top of mixture, and refrigerate until ready to serve
Save money, and make your own frozen strawberries by slicing fresh strawberries, transferring to a large zip-top freezer bag and placing in freezer until frozen!
There is no cooking involved in this recipe, but there are refrigeration times, so it takes about one hour for it to be ready.
My family scarfed this strawberry Jello fruit salad down like there was no tomorrow — they loved it! It’s perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, potlucks or any spring or summer gathering.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. And if you grew up with this retro salad, let me know.