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Grandmother’s Orange Salad

This orange salad dessert is slightly sweet and tangy, too. It adds beautiful color to any meal and appeals to all ages! —Ann Eastman, Santa Monica, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple
  • Water
  • 1 package (6 ounces) orange gelatin
  • 1 pint orange sherbet, softened
  • 2 bananas, sliced


  • Drain oranges and pineapple, reserving juices. Set oranges and pineapple aside. Add water to juices to measure 2 cups. Place in a saucepan and bring to a boil; pour over gelatin in a large bowl. Stir until gelatin is dissolved. Stir in sherbet until smooth.
  • Chill until partially set (watch carefully). Fold in oranges, pineapple and bananas. Pour into an oiled 6-cup mold. Chill until firm.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 161 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Jennifer
    Apr 13, 2020

    I made this recipe to go with our Easter dinner. It added a light touch to an otherwise heavy meal. Very tasty and pretty salad. I left out the bananas and no one seemed to miss them. I also made it in an 8x11 pan to avoid difficulty removing it from a mold.

  • 5717rees
    Apr 8, 2020

    I have made a version of this recipe several times and it’s a keeper. My parents generation lived thru the Depression and ate lots of jello or gelatin. It brightens up the table as well. To Marie003, I am reading the recipe from my IPhone and the recipe clearly states “2 bananas.” Perhaps a staff member from TOH corrected recipe before I read the recipe.

  • Chris
    Mar 22, 2020

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  • Pat
    Oct 20, 2019


  • dmsfrances
    Aug 25, 2019

    I never get it right when I add fruits to partially set jello...either do it to soon or too late. About how long should this dish partially set in the fridge before I add the fruits?

  • Deloris
    Apr 16, 2019

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  • Marie003
    Apr 15, 2019

    I confess that I have not made this recipe although I would like to. I encountered a problem reconciling the ingredients with the directions. I don't understand how anyone who reviewed it actually made it by the posted recipe. There are no bananas listed in the ingredients but the directions at step 2 instruct us to fold them in. I gave 1 star only because the recipe is not complete so it is not accurate. Can you correct that please?

  • dovecanyon
    Apr 3, 2019

    This is a long-time favorite Easter recipe at our house. We sometimes add some grated carrot and/or coconut and/or chopped walnuts. Easy and yummy.

  • momof29
    Nov 23, 2012

    I grew up surrounded by the old timers in my family who survived the depression era. They were fond of jello. The fondness continues on!

  • newcountrywife
    Jun 5, 2011

    It was so easy (and quick) to make! It was wonderful. You do have to watch it carefully when it is chilling though, as it chills quite a bit faster than your typical jello salad. It is a great and colorful addition to a summer meal!