Strawberry, Banana, and Pineapple Jello Salad

Strawberry, Pineapple, Banana Jello SaladMy grandmother used to make this salad for Christmas gatherings and first got the recipe from some of her ‘church ladies’.  It appeared at a Circle Meetin’ at Granny’s little St. George Southern Baptist Church in the 1960′s.  The salad was wildly successful among the women and when the church put together a cookbook in 1977, this recipe was submitted by seven different women…all claiming to be originator of the recipe.  Funny!  I can remember my grandmother expressing her irritation over the situation, that so-and-so took recipes that were given to her by other people and claimed them as her own and now had her name on them in the cookbook.

Scandalous behavior among good Southern Baptist women!  Recipe robbing at its worst!  If you can’t trust the woman sitting next to you at Circle Meetin’ to not steal your best recipe, then there is no hope for the rest of the world.

Anyway, back to the recipe.  Although unlikely partners, the sweet of the fruit and jello is balanced with the slight tang of the sour cream.  They also make for a festive presentation with layers of red and white color, the perfect compliment for Christmas.  Of course, this salad works well for other gatherings as well, not just at Christmas time.

Strawberry, Banana, and Pineapple Jello Salad

Recipe given to me by my Grandmother, Thelma Lucille Bates

Ingredients

  • 1 large box (6 ounce) strawberry or strawberry/banana Jell-O (regular or sugar-free)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 bananas, peeled and mashed (I put the bananas on a plate and mash them with the tines of a fork.)
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen strawberries with juice, defrosted
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream (can use regular or light)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir Jell-O and the 1 cup boiling water together until the jello is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the mashed bananas, strawberries with juice, and the drained crushed pineapple. Stir to blend.
  3. Pour half of the Jell-O mixture into a 9" x13" glass dish. Spread evenly. Chill until set. This goes quickly because of the low moisture content in the Jell-O. Set aside the other half of the jello--do not chill or else it will set.
  4. Once the jello in the dish has set, gently spread the sour cream evenly over the Jell-O. Before spreading the sour cream, you may want to stir it to loosen it and make it more of a spreading consistency.
  5. Pour the remaining half of the Jell-O mixture over the sour cream, gently spread evenly, cover and chill until jello is set.
  6. The Jell-O can be cut into squares if desired for serving. Otherwise--serve it family style and let everyone scoop out their desired portion.
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About Terri @ that's some good cookin'

I'm allergic to chocolate. It's no fun. I shamelessly include my family in my blog. They make me dote, gloat & emote. I write a lot about food, make food, then look to others for approval regarding the food. I can make a terrific loaf of bread, but am completely stumped by pie crust and corporate America. I am happy for many reasons & find joy in being grateful.

Comments

  1. Love your site & I love this salad!!! I’ve been making it for years but was first introduced to it by my grandmother, who found the recipe in the newspaper..only thing we do is add nuts (chopped walnuts or pecans). I’ve also tried making it with cream cheese plain and strawberry. Just wanted to let you know seeing your history on this recipe this made me smile.

    • Thank you! The original recipe(s) called for chopped pecans, but over the years we have opted out on the nuts. I like them, but other family members preferred not to have them. Good idea on the cream cheese instead of sour cream. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment.

  2. Love your site & I love this salad!!! I’ve been making it for years but was first introduced to it by my grandmother, who found the recipe in the newspaper..only thing we do is add nuts (chopped walnuts or pecans). I’ve also tried making it with cream cheese plain and strawberry. Just wanted to let you know seeing your history on this recipe this made me smile.

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