Retro Jello Salad – a light and bright fluffy dessert that just might remind you of childhood. a mildly sweet dish for holidays, potlucks, anytime!
Retro Jello Salad
This “salad” was a holiday staple when I was a kid – gracing every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner table. While it is sweet, and definitely a dessert, this was not our dessert.
This was served with dinner – dessert happened several hours later, right? That is still how things are – dessert happens about the time cocktails and rummy card decks make an appearance…
This Retro Jello Salad recipe goes way back to my Grandma Edie. Okay, my grandma’s jello salad was always lime. I changed the flavor this time for a couple reasons – one, I wanted a bright and sunny orange flavor, and two, I cannot find a vegan gelatin substitute in lime flavor.
Other than the jello flavor, everything else is essentially the same. Well, a vegan version of the same.
This bright springtime version would be great for Easter brunch or any spring time brunches and parties. I’d say it will go all through summer, if you’re needing a potluck style dessert.
The vegan gelatin I use has a peach flavor too – that would be perfect to pair with fresh juicy summer peaches…
I have shared this before – several years ago I made Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars with a Pretzel Shortbread Crust.
We typically serve this “salad” in bowls as is, but spreading the salad mixture over a crust and cutting it into bars is another great way to serve this. It still requires a fork, but…
Retro Jello Salad
dairy, egg, and gluten free, vegan
1 cup cashew milk (So Delicious)
2 cups mini vegan marshmallows
1 (3 ounce) package Gelatin Free Dessert, orange flavor
1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
8 ounces vegan cream cheese
3 cups CocoWhip (So Delicious), or 1 cup coconut cream, whipped
In saucepan over medium heat, add milk and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are mostly melted. Remove from heat.
Add gel powder, stir until completely dissolved.
Fold in drained pineapple, spoon cream cheese into mixture in small spoonfuls – stir to break up somewhat.
Cover and transfer to refrigerator to set half way – about 20 – 30 minutes.
Fold in CocoWhip / whipped coconut cream.
Cover and return to refrigerator to set, several hours to overnight.
tastes like childhood.
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printable Retro Jello Salad recipe:
- 1 cup cashew milk (So Delicious)
- 2 cups mini vegan marshmallows
- 1 (3 ounce) package Gelatin Free Dessert, orange flavor
- 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
- 8 ounces vegan cream cheese
- 3 cups CocoWhip (So Delicious), or 1 cup coconut cream, whipped
- In saucepan over medium heat, add milk and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are mostly melted. Remove from heat.
- Add gel powder, stir until completely dissolved.
- Fold in drained pineapple, spoon cream cheese into mixture in small spoonfuls - stir to break up somewhat.
- Cover and transfer to refrigerator to set half way - about 20 - 30 minutes.
- Fold in CocoWhip / whipped coconut cream.
- Transfer to 8x8 baking dish or similar.
- Cover and return to refrigerator to set, several hours to overnight.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 134
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