This fun cherry pineapple Jello salad is sure to be a hit with your family. It is a simple make ahead side dish or simple dessert that is festive for a holiday or fun for a BBQ.
There is something nostalgic and fun about a good jello salad. This recipe is loaded with cherries and pineapple making it an extra tasty treat.
It is easy to make and fun to eat. We love it as a scoop and serve salad, but it can easily be converted into a more solid slice if you’d like.
Either way it is a tasty way to get enjoy your fruit. The whipped cream is optional, but highly encouraged!
This is one of the very first recipes I ever shared in this little corner of the internet. It was shared with me by my husband’s aunt and it was an instant hit at our house.
I shared it again in 2016 with updated pictures and shared the origin story of the site. Each recipe was getting more visitors than ever and it seemed like a good time to give the history.
Fast forward four more years and here we are. I have enjoyed sharing recipes with a growing number of people around the world with each passing year.
So it seemed like a perfect time to share the recipe again. This fun and fruity gelatin salad is perfect for the holidays after-all.
As it is written, it is a looser jello salad. The kind you serve in a bowl with a spoon.
It is sweet with a little bit of tang from the cherries and pineapple. It is fabulous on its own or dressed up with a bit of whipped cream.
Tips for Making This a Sliceable Jello Salad:
It can easily be converted into a more solid slice and serve salad if you would like. The first step is to make sure you drain the pineapple really well.
Then use six ounces of cherry jello instead of the three. Dissolve it in a scant two cups of boiling water.
Stir in the fruit and pour into a 9×13″ pan. Chill for at least two hours, longer is better.
This will give you a more “solid” jiggly salad. Both ways taste great!
Storing Jello Salad
You will want to make your jello salad at least several hours in advance of serving it to allow the jello plenty of time to set up. It is a good idea to make it the day ahead to ensure it has plenty of chill time.
Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator. They are good for up to a week, but we have never had them stick around that long!
Can I use fresh pineapple instead of canned?
No. Fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that breaks down the protiens that prevent the gelatin from setting up. The heat from canning the pineapple inactivates the bromelain and allows the Jello to work properly.
More Fun Fruit Salads:
Frog eye salad takes the fun to a whole new level with pasta, marshmallows, fruit, and custard. It is a classic for good reason.
5 cup salad is another simple classic. It is fruity, fun and you can customize it with your favorite fruit.
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Cherry Pineapple Jello Salad
- 3 oz box cherry gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 20 oz can crushed pineapple
- 20 oz can cherry pie filling
- Drain pineapple well20 oz can crushed pineapple
- Mix gelatin in boiling water until dissolved3 oz box cherry gelatin, 1 cup boiling water
- Add pie filling and drained pineapple and mix well20 oz can cherry pie filling
- Refrigerate until firm (at least an hour or two)
- Stir before serving. See notes if you would prefer to make a cut and serve salad.