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This is a classic potluck, old-school, Jello salad that is sooooo easy to make! Crushed pineapple, fresh strawberries (or frozen!), sour cream, and sliced banana combine for a delicious, creamy, pretty, and easy dessert (is Jello salad a dessert?) that everyone will love!
The rumor is that this version of Strawberry Jello Salad (the most common version uses cream cheese instead of sour cream like this one does) originates from the Amish. I’m not sure if that’s right. Especially because I’m also not sure about the Amish and Jello. ? Anyone have insight on this.
Really, who cares. It’s a yummy salad and the sour cream keeps it easy, budget friendly, tangy, and creamy.
Is Jello a dessert or a salad?
This is the question that keeps me up late at night. Is Jello a dessert or a salad? There is quite a bit of sugar in the Jello so…a dessert? But all of that fruit seems like a fruit salad?
In my home, we eat it like a dessert for family meals but it’s served as a salad along with hot dogs and burgers for a barbecue.
Jello salad really does have an identity problem, doesn’t it.
Can you freeze Jello salads?
I mean, technically you can. But don’t. Because of that gelatin, it will get nasty when it thaws and you will not want to eat it. Jello salad does keep in the fridge for several days so you can easily make it ahead of when you need it and store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve.
Growing up in the Midwest Baptist church culture, like I did, I have been to MANY church potlucks, open houses, and events. Jello salad has shown up, in some form, at each and every one. Without fail.
This salad is one of the standard recipes that you would find on the potluck table. This recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients, it is relatively healthy, and feeds a whole lot of people easily.
Bonus: you can make it well in advance of when you need it (in fact, you should!)
Make up this salad for your summer barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings. You’ll have a nice, sweet dish that everyone loves and is easy to serve.
Tip: frozen strawberries are fine to sub out for the fresh strawberries.
Strawberry Banana Jello Salad
- 1 6 oz Strawberry gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2.5 cups strawberries, sliced can use frozen but thaw them partially, first
- 1 20 oz crushed pineapple, undrained
- 3 bananas sliced
- 2 cups sour cream
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- In a bowl, dissolve the strawberry gelatin in the boiling water. Stir in sliced strawberries, pineapple, and sliced bananas.
- Pour half of the mix into a 9 by 12 inch baking dish. Hold the rest of the mixture aside.
- Chill the mixture for an hour.
- Combine the sour cream, the sugar and the vanilla, mix well. Spread the sour cream mix over the chilled gelatin.
- Spoon the saved gelatin on top of the sour cream mixture.
- Chill at least 4 hours, overnight is best.
Other potluck salads you should try:
Crunchy Pea Salad: chock full of nutritious ingredients, easy to make ahead, and great to serve a crowd!
Cauliflower “Potato” Salad: a reader favorite, this is a mock potato salad that tastes JUST like the real thing but uses cauliflower instead of potatoes. A favorite for picnics, potlucks, and…anything! You have to try this recipe!
Watermelon Red Onion Salad: the ingredient combo sounds strange but this is sooo refreshing, crazy easy, and wonderful for potlucks and picnics! Give it a try!