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Patriotic Gelatin Salad

Almost as spectacular as the fireworks, this lovely salad makes quite a "bang" at our July Fourth meal. It's exciting to serve, and our guests loved the cool fruity and creamy layers. This salad really added to my patriotic theme. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) berry blue gelatin
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In four separate bowls, dissolve each package of gelatin in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cold water to each and stir. Pour one bowl of blue gelatin into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray; chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  • Set other three bowls of gelatin aside at room temperature. Soften unflavored gelatin in remaining cold water; let stand 5 minutes.
  • Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat just below boiling. Stir in softened gelatin and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and vanilla until smooth. When blue gelatin in pan in almost set, carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups sour cream mixture over it. Chill until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  • Carefully spoon one bowl of strawberry gelatin over cream layer. Chill until almost set. Carefully spoon 1-1/2 cups cream mixture over the strawberry layer. Chill until almost set. Repeat, adding layers of blue gelatin, cream mixture and strawberry gelatin, chilling in between each. Chill several hours or overnight.
Editor's Note
This recipe takes time to prepare since each layer must be set before the next layer is added.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 69 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • kimmerrou
    Jun 25, 2020

    The presentation is beautiful (I'm sure you could switch it up for many different occasions.) I HIGHLY recommend following the time for adding the next layer because if you don't when you slice it, the layers will slide apart. Otherwise, it's easy to assemble and the flavor is good.

  • janet
    Jul 30, 2018

    This was definitely the hit of my July 4th party! Although it takes time to make, it is definitely worth it. Followed the directions as written and it came out perfect!

  • hkarow9713
    Jul 1, 2017

    This is such a fun recipe. Yes, it does take a little time to make, but it is so worth it! I love the white layer. It adds such a nice creamy texture to the other jello layers.

  • dschultz01
    Jul 4, 2015

    Made exactly as written (except I added strawberries and blueberries) and came out looking just like the picture! Can't believe I had no problems getting it out of the pan. It does take awhile to make. The first layer took the longest because it was still very hot. By the time I got to the last layer, it had almost set in the bowl before I had a chance to add it.

  • Margie607
    Jul 2, 2015

    I followed the directions exactly as written - very easy - very pretty - very tasty! it is a great dessert to make. Cant wait to try it with other colors for other holidays.

  • Corwin44
    May 24, 2015

    This is a fantastic salad. Everyone was very impressed by the appearance and refreshing flavors. I put a mixture of fresh strawberry, blueberries, and sweet flaked coconut in the middle of the salad.

  • Maureen1327
    Jun 29, 2014

    Also works at Christmas using green, red and white

  • shortbreadlover
    Jun 23, 2014

    love this recipe. i make it all the time. but i use different flavor gelatin. jolly ranch makes gelatin now and the flvor is better then jello

  • married
    Jul 10, 2013

    just anote also i enjoyed making the gelantin would do it again.

  • married
    Jul 10, 2013

    why would the top part of the gelantin fall after cutting 4 slices