Posted by Tara on Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
I’ve eaten many a Jello salad through the years. There’s the popular “congealed” salad, which is OK, but I don’t care for the curds of cottage cheese. For strawberry lovers there’s the Strawberry Pretzel salad, which is pretty tasty, until the pretzels go soggy. And there’s also the Strawberry Jello Banana salad. Since dear hubby thinks bananas are evil – I can’t make that one either – plus it isn’t pretty leftover when the bananas turn icky.
I’m going to share with you today the BEST JELLO SALAD EVER. It’s quick. It’s easy. It can be SUGAR FREE. And it is so pretty poured into a parfait dish. The original name was Strawberry Buttermilk Salad and my sweet mother-in-law still makes this for family gatherings. But let’s keep the buttermilk a secret OK? Nobody will ever know it’s in there – but us.
- 1 large can crushed pineapple with juice
- 1 small box Jello (cook’s choice) strawberry and orange are my fav’s
- 2 cups cold buttermilk
- 1 regular size tub Cool Whip OR 1 pint whipping cream – whipped
- 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
In medium saucepan heat crushed pineapple with juice until it just begins to boil. Add Jello and whisk until Jello is dissolved. Remove from heat and add the buttermilk. Let mixture cool 5-10 minutes before folding in the Cool Whip or real whipped cream. Add nuts if desired. Gently mix until the Jello mixture is incorporated into the whipped cream. Pour into parfait dishes for an elegant, light dessert. Pour into a 9×9 glass dish or a 9×13 dish. Refrigerate. Salad will be firm in about 3-4 hours. A 9×9 dish will make about 9 3″x3″ squares which are about 2″ tall. The 9×13 dish will make about 12 3″x3″ squares which are only an inch tall.
Use sugar free Jello and real whipping cream for a sugar free treat. Keep refrigerated. This salad stores well and is also pretty served on a platter of leafy green lettuce. Yum!
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