Sunday, December 12, 2010

Strawberry Jell-O Fluff Salad

In the south a holiday just isn't a holiday without a Jell-O fluff salad. There are so many variations and everyone always says theirs is the best!!! This recipe has strawberry Jell-O, crushed pineapple, mini marshmallows, pecans (optional) and fresh cream. 🍓
Good morning everyone. Christmas is only 12 days away are you ready? I'm not, but I'm getting closer to finishing up my Christmas shopping and my holiday baking.  Today I wanted to share a recipe for my favorite Strawberry Jell-O Salad.

Have you started on your Christmas Dinner Menu? I have and it includes this yummy Jell-O Salad. Down here in Texas the holidays just wouldn't be the same if you didn't have a jell-o salad on your Thanksgiving and Christmas table.

I got this recipe from my mother in law about 14 years ago and I have been making it ever since. Recently I have changed the recipe up just a bit to suit my kids taste. The original recipe called for shredded American cheese, but I chose to substitute with mini marshmallows.  

Now my kids gobble this up. I use anywhere between 1/2 to 3/4 cup marshmallows it all depends on how many you want.  I was also thinking that you could play around with the gelatin flavors for a whole different salad. 

Strawberry is still my all time favorite but lime, cranberry or even orange is just as yummy. 

Maybe you're still looking for another salad or side dish at your Christmas table. If so I think you will love this as much as my family does.

I have included some step by step photos but the full recipe is at the end of this post. Start by mixing the water, sugar and pineapple over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the dry jello and mix to combine.  

Place the mixture in the refrigerator for thirty minutes or just until the mixture starts to congeal. Add the pecans and fold in the whipped whipping cream. Add the mini marshmallows and mix lightly to combine.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. This is always the hardest part for me. Patience is not one of my best qualities.

Strawberry Jell-O Salad (Fluff)


1 – 3 oz pkg strawberry Jell-O
1 – 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained 
1/2 - cup granulated sugar
1/2 - cup water
1 - cup cup mini marshmallows
1 - pint (16 oz) fresh whipping cream, whipped (not cool whip)
1/2 - cup pecan pieces, optional

Start by mixing the water, sugar and pineapple over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add the dry jello and mix to combine.

Place the mixture in the refrigerator for thirty minutes or just until the mixture starts to congeal. 

Add the pecans and fold in the whipped whipping cream. Add the mini marshmallows and mix lightly to combine.

Add the mini marshmallows last. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. 

Cook's Note: I have substituted this recipe using Cranberry Jell-O and it's just as delicious.

A few of my favorite Jell-O Fluff variations

For the following variations, you will only be substituting the jell-o flavors and fruit combinations. 

Mandarin Orange Jell-O Fluff: use orange jell-o and one (11 oz) can of mandarin orange segments (drained) and omit the crushed pineapple.

Pineapple Jell-O Fluff:  use pineapple jell-o and one (8 oz) can crushed pineapple (drained). 

Pina - Colada Fluff - Use pineapple jell-o and one (8 oz) can crushed or pineapple tidbits (drained), 1/4 teaspoon rum extract and 1/2 cup shredded coconut. 

Raspberry Jell-O Fluff: use raspberry jell-o and 1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries.

Lime Jell-O Fluff: use lime jell-o and one (8 oz) can crushed pineapple (drained). 

Lemon Jell-O Fluff:  use lemon jell-o with or without crushed pineapple. Garnish with lemon slices.

Peach Jell-O Fluff: use peach jell-o with crushed pineapple and garnish with fresh or frozen peach slices. 


Kirby said... #

My kids would LOVE this! Thanks for hosting Potluck Sunday's as always! Have a great day!

Jane said... #

What a great recipe! Thanks for hosting another great Pot Luck Sunday!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said... #

Pink Stuff!! My grandmother makes this every single Christmas! We also have Green Stuff- which is the lime jello version- I love them both SO much!! :)

Tammy said... #

Thanks Tina!! I am going to try this for sure!

Rachelle S said... #

I love jello salads like this! My fave is a pistachio one. I've never heard of CHEESE in them though *shivers*, lol.

Anyways I'll share my Minty Hot Cocoa Coookies with you!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said... #

Thanks for hosting the swap. Your recipe looks so yummy- a lot like a family favorite

Life Goes On said... #

pretty dish, I love the one with pistachio pudding also

Anonymous said... #

Oh my goodness, its Pink Stuff (that is what my future-in-laws call it) and I had t this past Thanksgiving for the first time ever! It was soooooo good! Also, I host a food meme on Sundays called Sundays at One Food Club and would love it if you could join us. The link is:

Anonymous said... #

That looks deeeelicious. My aunt always make one with lime jello. Yummy!

Unknown said... #

I love this jello recipe, but haven't made it in so long. Thanks for the reminder!

Joy Burkhart said... #

Hey Tina!

My MIL made something similar to this for Thanksgiving. Instead of the pineapple, she added a can of the Cranberry sauce (you know the one, you pop it from the can and it still has the can ring marks). It was soooo good! This was all our great-niece would eat for dinner.

Thanks for the recipe - I'll have to try this version, too.



Tina Butler said... #

I have a cranberry version with fresh cranberries.

But for some reason the recipe using canned has peaked my interest Joy.

I make a lime jell-o salad that's really good. It has cream cheese in it. I really need to make and get that one posted.

My mother in law makes a green one but it has cottage cheese and mayo in it. I am not to crazy about that one.

Debra "Deb" Dresden Disney-Dior said... #

If it's pink -- I'll try it. Better yet, I will LOVE it, even if I don't like it --- just because it's PINK!

Sean Grey Hanson said... #

I usually don't like anything that's strawberry flavored (except for the real fruit) but Jell-o just did it! It's the only food I eat that's strawberry-flavored.

Mrs Happy Homemaker said... #

My daughters would LOVE this, as would I. Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

Mrs. Walker said... #

I'm so happy to see this recipe. "Pink Stuff" has been a staple in my family since I was a little girl. We make it with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, and drained canned fruit. It's easy to "lighten" it up with low sugar fruit and sugar free or fat free Cool Whip. It's even better the next day.

Anonymous said... #

I make mine with just dry jello and cool whip. Mix half a package with 8 oz of cool whip until blended and put in fridge for a few hours. That's it. We call it pink fluffy stuff. We also like strawberry best but I have made it with all flavors for different holidays too.

Jen said... #

This looks yummy! Would be a good addition to the holiday table. I have a similar recipe that uses cottage cheese. Makes for a yummy, interesting texture. Thanks for your awesome site!

Anonymous said... #

Yum pink stuff! Always had it at holidays when I was a kid. Ours always had marshmallows in it. Also, ours had a small amount of marichino (sp?) cherries in it too and diced fresh strawberries...mmmmm think I will make this for my son the fruit addict!

Sue Neal said... #

Does this really only use half a cup of water?

Tina Butler said... #

Yes this recipe only requires a 1/2 cup of water.

Unknown said... #

I bought sugar free Jello by accident Wil this still work?:(

Tina Butler said... #

Sugar Free Jell-O will work as well.

Carol Reffner said... #

We make a recipe like this, but with chunks of angel food cake instead of marshmallows. Tastes like strawberry short cake!

Anonymous said... #

I was wondering on this one you do, do you heat the jello up like this blog recipe? I have one Grandaughter allergic to pineapple & one allergic to nuts? Your sounds like it would work? Thanks! Judy

Unknown said... #

Can this be made the day before serving?

Tina Butler said... #

Yes! This can be made the night before the day you want to serve it.