Cherry, Banana Jello Salad

Hello, I have returned!

With life’s responsibilities pulling me in many important directions I have seriously neglected my poor little jello blog. But luckily for me, and for all of you, this retro salad takes maybe 10 minutes to put together and calls for ingredients that you might already have on hand!

I found this recipe in a cookbook my mom loaned to me ages ago, which she received as a gift circa 1980. It no longer has a cover and is literally held together with a rubber band.

By looking at the recipe image you can clearly see this book has been heavily used and well-loved over the last 40 years. Not this particular recipe, though. Jello is not a thing my mom typically makes. This page must have been collateral damage from some kind of unrelated kitchen fiasco.

If you know Leora Peterson, tell her thank you for the recipe

Cherry, Banana Jello Salad

  • 1 (3 oz. ) pkg. cherry jello
  • 2 c. hot water
  • 1 c. drained pitted cherries (fresh or thawed frozen)
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 c. miniature marshmallows

Serve on lettuce leaf. Small amount of salad dressing or mayonnaise on top of each serving.

Directions:

This is quite possibly the easiest jello recipe I’ve ever made. Just dissolve the cherry jello in the hot water. You could add the rest of the ingredients now if you want all the fruit to be layered at the bottom when you unmold, but I think it works out better if you wait for the jello to cool and begin to set.

Once the jello is chilled and partially set, go ahead and add your marshmallows and fruit. I highly recommend chopping or quartering your cherries and bananas. Pour it all into a mold, bowl or even a square glass casserole dish (this is what I did) and let it set for 6 hours or overnight.

To unmold, put your dish in some warm (not hot!) water for 5-10 seconds and give it a gentle shake to separate the edges. If the jello is small enough, put a plate over the mold and flip the whole thing over. If this doesn’t work the first time, repeat the process until it does.

If you want to serve this true 1980-style, plop a slice on some lettuce and garnish with some mayonnaise or Miracle Whip. Oddly enough, the mayonnaise actually tastes ok.

There you go, a simple cherry, banana and marshmallow jello salad from 1980!

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