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Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: refrigerate
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This classic Strawberry Jello Fruit Salad will take you back to summer days, outdoor gatherings, and church socials.  It’s super easy to make, tastes great on a hot summer day, and it holds up for a couple of hours in the heat.  A great summer dessert!  


Ingredients

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  • 2 10-ounce bags of frozen strawberries*, thawed (or you can use fresh**)
  • 1 6-ounce pkg. Strawberry Jello, regular, not sugar-free
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 3/4 cups cold water
  • 1/4 cup strawberry juice
  • 1 8-ounce carton whipped topping
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Add 1 bag of the thawed strawberries to a blender and puree them for about 30 seconds.  Set aside.  Add the second bag of strawberries to a medium saucepan.  Using a potato masher, slightly mash the strawberries into smaller pieces, especially if you are using whole ones.  Transfer the strawberries to a small strainer over a bowl and drain them, reserving 1/4 cup of the strawberry juice.  Set them aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the jello and hot water until the jello is dissolved.  Add the cold water and 1/4 cup of strawberry juice and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate the jello mixture for about 45 minutes, just until it’s starting to slightly thicken.  Using a hand mixer, mix the jello for about 30 seconds until it becomes foamy.  Add the mashed and pureed strawberries and mix for a few seconds.  Fold in the cool whip with a spatula, mixing just until combined.
  4. Refrigerate until the salad has become firm, about 2 hours.  Add sliced strawberries on top for garnish, if desired.
  5. Serve.  Refrigerate leftovers for up to 4 days.

Notes

  1. *You can use frozen strawberries with or without sugar.  The jello has sugar in it.  However, adding sweetened strawberries will not make this recipe overly sweet.
  2. **If you use fresh strawberries, puree half, and mash half.  Transfer the mashed half to a strainer over a bowl.  Add one teaspoon of sugar and mix.  Allow them to sit for a few minutes and drain.  Reserve 1/4 cup of the juice for the recipe.

Keywords: strawberry jello fruit salad