With layers of cream cheese, custard, whipped topping, lemon and pineapple, this Jello Salad Recipe is absolutely amazing. It’s bright sections make it perfect for spring and the upcoming Easter Holiday. You can even make this Easter dish one week in advance, making it an easy side for your special day. Come on in and I’ll share this family recipe for Layered Jello Salad…
Layered Jello Salad
My mom always called this the Four Layered Jello Salad. The traditional use for this jello dessert was as an Easter Side. The layers were colored and the topping was shredded cheddar cheese. As a kid, that grossed me out. The cheese mixed with sweet flavors just was not appealing. As an adult, I can appreciate the combination. I know that my kids though would have the same reaction as I did. So, that’s why I substituted coconut for the topping.
I also left out the food coloring. It’s just one more step that isn’t really needed. The colors are bright enough on their own. The reasoning behind coloring the layers was to represent an Easter Egg. If you want to add that back in, then I think that’ll be a fun treat for your family.
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Four Layered Jello Dessert
- Yield: 12 1x
- 2 small packages of lemon jello
- 4 cups of water
- 1 can of crushed pineapple drained – (Reserve Juice)
- 8 oz. Cool Whip
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese
- 1 tsp. of Lemon Juice
- 1 cup of reserved Pineapple Juice (I’ve also substituted orange juice)
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 Tbsp. of cornstarch
- 2 Egg Yolks
Fourth (Top) Layer
- 2 Cups of Heavy Cream (Chilled)
- 2 Tbsp. of sugar
- About 1 cup of sweetened coconut shavings
- A See Through Bowl or Dish (8×10) – You want to show off the layers 🙂
Now, Breaking This Up Into Layers – Here’s What You’ll Need To Do
First Layer (Bottom Layer)
- Heat water, add Jell-O and stir for 2 minutes or until dissolved.
- Stir in drained pineapple
- Pour into your serving dish
- Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until firm
- Mix the cream cheese & cool whip ( I used a Mixer for this – thank goodness for those!)
- Spread this layer onto the first layer
- In a saucepan over medium/high heat- heat the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir so everything is dissolved
- Add Cornstarch – continue to stir until very thick (like a paste) Turn the heat up, if it’s not thickening.
- Temper the eggs – Have the 2 yolks mixed in a bowl, next to you, and take a spoon full of heated mixture.
- Whip the heated mixture into the eggs
- Add the egg mixture to the saucepan, and continue to whip while the egg is cooking into the mixture. (Only takes a minute)
- Remove from heat
- Let cool for about 5 minutes
- Spread over the second layer (this is a thin layer)- place back in the fridge
- You’ll want to use your mixer for this or handheld beater
- Beat the Heavy Cream until soft peaks form
- Add 2 Tbsp. of sugar, and continue to beat until the cream is the consistency of whipped cream
- Spread over the third layer
- Sprinkle Coconut Shavings on top and Enjoy
- This can be stored in the refrigerator, covered tightly with plastic wrap for up to a week
- *The original recipe included shredded cheddar cheese on top and fun colors for the layers. It was supposed to resemble an Easter Egg. I omitted the food coloring because I thought the layers already had a bright spring contrast and the cheese would definitely deter my kids from tasting this dessert.
~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com