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Special Strawberry Salad

This berry-filled salad may take some time to prepare, but one taste and you'll agree it's worth the extra effort. I treat family and friends to this dish on special occasions. —Linda Goulet, Hadley, Massachusetts
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (16 ounces) unsweetened frozen strawberries
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges


  • Dissolve unflavored gelatin in cold water. In a medium saucepan over low heat, heat cream and sugar until sugar dissolves. Stir in gelatin mixture until dissolved. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and vanilla. Pour into a 2-qt. glass bowl; chill until firm. Dissolve strawberry gelatin in boiling water. Drain orange liquid into strawberry gelatin; blend well. Gently stir in strawberries until thawed. Pour over cream layer; arrange oranges on top (allow to settle) and chill until firm.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 233 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • MamaLinda60
    Aug 29, 2019

    Can this be made with yogurt instead of sour cream. Hubby hates sour cream.

  • Vicky
    Aug 9, 2019

    This was pretty good. I made it with fresh strawberries.

  • gelisap
    Nov 10, 2018

    I made for a family reunion and everybody loved it. I made this again for my daughter baby shower. I divided the recipe in snack cups with lid, made about 120 cups, gave cups to each person. Everyone enjoyed and wanted to take any leftovers. They asked for recipe. A very light tasting, not to sweet dessert.

  • cyounce
    Apr 7, 2014

    I almost passed on this recipe because it seemed like a lot of ingredients & steps, but I'm really glad I gave it a try. The creamy bottom layer is so good & goes very well with the fruity layer. I will be adding this to my menu for Easter dinner.

  • Guidopuppy
    Oct 27, 2010

    This is a great recipe and I have had many requests to make it again. I didn't change the recipe when I made it.