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7-Layer Gelatin Salad

Here's an eye-catching salad that my mother makes for Christmas dinner each year. You can choose different flavors to make other color combinations for specific holidays or other gatherings. —Jan Hemness, Stockton, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 4-1/2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 7 packages (3 ounces each) assorted flavored gelatin
  • 4-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Optional: Sliced strawberries and kiwifruit


  • In a small bowl, add 3/4 cup boiling water to 1 gelatin package; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. Stir in 3/4 cup cold water. Pour into a 3-qt. trifle or glass bowl. Refrigerate until set but not firm, about 40 minutes.
  • In a clean bowl, dissolve another gelatin package into 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup milk. Spoon over the first layer. Refrigerate until set but not firm.
  • Repeat 5 times, alternating plain and creamy gelatin layers. Refrigerate each layer until set but not firm before adding the next layer. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Serve with whipped topping and, if desired, fruit.
Editor's Note: Recipe may also be prepared in a 13x9-in. dish coated with cooking spray; follow recipe as directed. Cut into squares before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 163 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Nancy
    Mar 25, 2020

    Question - do you mix the regular milk with the evaporated milk? For step 2? It's not clear. I'm assuming yes but would rather be sure before putting in the time... In a clean bowl, dissolve another gelatin package into 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup milk. Spoon over the first layer. Refrigerate until set but not firm.

  • wtchocean
    Nov 21, 2012

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  • Luau1205
    Sep 29, 2012

    I've been making this gelatin recipe for about 25 years now and use unflavored gelatin in with my flavored galatin and evaporated milk. It's always a big hit and everyone loves to pull the layers apart to eat! I'll have to try this recipe for the holidays and see how my guest likes it. It certainly isn't a finger food...

  • xicota
    May 15, 2012

    Everyone at dinner loved the idea of the layers! The next time I make this, I will follow the photo for the layering, as I had substituted two of the gelatines for other flavors (didn't have the originals on hand), and the color combination I ended up with wasn't as pretty as the posted recipe, but the family thought it was great anyway (they didn't see the photo). I substituted non-dairy creamer for the evaporated milk, as my daughter has lactose intolerance. No one knew the difference, and the layers set up nicely. A really fun recipe for special occasions!

  • rat3
    Apr 29, 2012

    at work when we have a potluck everyone ask me to fix this salad and there any thing left !!!!!

  • susaneschenko
    Dec 1, 2011

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  • Marjade
    Aug 11, 2011

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  • Heather Leigh
    Dec 7, 2010

    This dessert is awesome. I make 3 at a time to go with our meals at church. Everyone loves it. Kids and adults like the way it looks and tastes! Definitely a crowd pleaser! You have to make it the day before though and it takes a good 2-3 hours but well worth it and easy to make!

  • kls258
    Oct 25, 2010

    I made this for my daughter's 7th birthday and it was a huge hit! It took time to make but the flavors blend so well and it looked gorgeous! I'm curious to try it with sugar-free jello next time.

  • SandyRoss
    Feb 7, 2010

    I made this for my brothers party! It was a hit with all the little ones! It took awhile to make, but the finished product was pretty! And quite yummy!