April 23, 2011

Springtime Strawberry Gelatin Salad

I wanted a cold salad to go with all the Easter hot dishes, and came up with this simple idea for a jello salad.  This is an embarassingly easy recipe!  Using the carbonated water cooler instead of the usual cold water to make the jello adds a refreshing zest. Best of all, no added sugar!  This will be a great addition to a ham and potato-based work lunch next week.

Springtime Strawberry Gelatin Salad

2  .60-ounce packages of sugarfree strawberry Jello gelatin
4 cups boiling water
1 pound strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 peeled oranges, each segment cut into 3 bite-size pieces
1 liter bottle (4 cups) 0-calorie strawberry-flavored carbonated water

1.  Place both boxes of gelatin into a large serving dish.  I used the largest of my four nested Pyrex bowls which holds just over 2 quarts. 

2.  Measure 4 cups of water into a 4-cup capacity Pyrex glass measuring cup.  Heat the cup in the microwave on high until the water boils, about 10-11 minutes depending on how powerful your microwave is.  While you wait for the water to boil, prepare the strawberries and oranges. 

3.  When you can see that the water is boiling, remove (use an oven mitt or potholder!) and pour over the dry gelatin.  Stir for 2 minutes, then add the bottle of strawberry water cooler.  The mixture will foam up temporarily.  Add the fruit and stir well.  Cover and place in the refrigerator to set, at least 2 hours for a firm set.

Easter Dinner 2011.  Yes, there are some bites taken.  I couldn't wait!


  1. Juli,
    The strawberry jello salad looks good. Something I would have had as a child and made as a young housewife. I will have to make some to eat with our turkey leftovers. Thanks for the idea.

  2. You're welcome! I was pleased with how this turned out, and even Jeffrey, who isn't normally a fan of the humble jello salad, enjoyed it quite a bit.