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Looking for a fun, classic, and colorful holiday treat? This Christmas Jello Salad is super easy, tasty, and feeds a crowd, perfect for all your holiday parties.

Overhead of finished and decorated Christmas Jello Salad.

I absolutely love anything that contains jello, I have loved it since I was a kid and still do to this day. This Christmas Jello Salad is one recipe I’ve been making for the longest time.

I remember my parents and their parents making versions of it when I was younger, and the recipe got passed down the line and evolved over the years.

With pineapple, cherry, lime, and coconut, this all comes together nicely, and the flavors work really well together, and we just cannot get enough.

The fun colors of this really stand out, and then you top it will some tasty extras such as strawberries, cherries, limes, and mint. Of course, you can top it with whatever you like.

If you love color, a great make-ahead dessert, and just something classic and fun – then I suggest making this Christmas Jello Salad for any of your upcoming gatherings.

Some of my other favorite holiday-themed recipes we have on our site include: Christmas Tree Cookies, Holiday Snowball Cookies and Eggnog Cake.

Christmas Jello Salad on platter showing the different colors.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • Minimal ingredients help this come together nicely.
  • The flavors really work together.
  • It is a fun and colorful dessert to bring to any party or gathering.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Cherry jello
Lime jello
Pineapple chunks
Unflavored gelatin
Granulated sugar
Unsweetened coconut milk
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Sliced strawberries, for garnish
Lime slices, for garnish
Fresh mint, for garnish

Ingredients needed to make a Christmas Jello Salad.

HOW TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS JELLO SALAD:

  1. Mix the cherry and lime jello in separate bowls according to their package instructions. 
  2. Pour into separate loaf pans, chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. After 1 hour, remove the lime jello and stir in the diced pineapple chunks. Place in the refrigerator again and allow the lime jello mixture and cherry jello to chill for another 3 hours.
  4. Towards the end of the 3 hours, add the unflavored gelatin and sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine. 
  5. Add the coconut milk and ¼ cup cold water. Whisk until dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add 1 ¼ cups of boiling water. Whisk again to combine. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature (if it’s too warm, it will melt the jello cubes).
  7. Cut the lime and cherry jello into 1-inch cubes. Layer the bottom of a jello mold ring pan with the cubed jello.
  8. Pour the cooled coconut milk jello mixture over top.
  9. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight until firm. 
  10. Unmold the jello and garnish with the cherries, strawberries, lime, and mint before slicing and serving.

Step by step photos on how to make a Christmas Jello Salad.

WHAT KIND OF PAN IS BEST FOR THIS?

You can use either a silicone jello mold or a standard bundt pan for this recipe. If you are using a standard bundt pan, you are going to need to grease the pan to make sure the jello comes out.

DO I HAVE TO USE PINEAPPLE CHUNKS?

If you don’t like the big pineapple chunks, you can also use pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple in its place. Make sure they are still well drained, and you use the same amount.

CAN I USE ANOTHER JELLO?

To keep up with the Christmas theme for this recipe, you will want to keep the lime jello, but you can swap out the cherry jello for strawberry or another red jello of your choice.

Server holding up a slice of the Jello Salad.

HOW TO STORE:

This can be stored in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container where it will keep for up to 5 days.

I do not suggest freezing this recipe.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure that the coconut milk mixture is cooled before adding it to the mold, so it doesn’t melt the cut jello pieces.
  • You can swap out the cherry jello for another red flavor of your choice.
  • If you are using a standard bundt pan, make sure you grease it beforehand.
  • You can add alcohol to this recipe if you’d like! To do that, reduce the water for the jello by 1/2 cup and add in 1/2 cup of your favorite clear alcohol like vodka, rum, or tequila.
  • Shake your coconut milk can well before using it to combine the solids and liquids.
  • You can use other pineapple in this recipe, see above for suggestions.
  • I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Slice cut from the salad showing the inside.

Love yourself a good jello recipe that is perfect for the holidays? This Christmas Jello Salad is a classic, super fun, and all-around flavorful.

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5 from 18 votes

Christmas Jello Salad

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 15 minutes
Looking for a fun, classic and colorful holiday treat? This Christmas Jello Salad is super easy, tasty and feeds a crowd, perfect for all your holiday parties.
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Mix the cherry and lime jello in separate bowls according to their package instructions.
  • Pour into separate loaf pans, chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • After 1 hour, remove the lime jello and stir in the diced pineapple chunks. Place in the refrigerator again and allow the lime jello mixture and cherry jello to chill for another 3 hours.
  • Towards the end of the 3 hours, add the unflavored gelatin and sugar to a medium-sized bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add the coconut milk and ¼ cup cold water. Whisk until dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  • Add 1 ¼ cups of boiling water. Whisk again to combine. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature (if it’s too warm, it will melt the jello cubes).
  • Cut the lime and cherry jello into 1-inch cubes. Layer the bottom of a jello mold ring pan with the cubed jello.
  • Pour the cooled coconut milk jello mixture over top.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight until firm.
  • Unmold the jello and garnish with the cherries, strawberries, lime, and mint before slicing and serving.

Notes

  1. Make sure that the coconut milk mixture is cooled before adding to the mold so it doesn't melt the cut jello pieces.
  2. You can swap out the cherry jello for another red flavored of your choice.
  3. If you are using a standard bundt pan make sure you grease it beforehand.
  4. You can add alcohol to this recipe if you'd like! To do that reduce the water for the jello by 1/2 cup and add in 1/2 cup of your favorite clear alcohol like vodka, rum or tequila.
  5. Shake your coconut milk can well before using to combine the solids and liquids.
  6. You can use other pineapple in this recipe, see above for suggestions.
  7. I do not recommend freezing this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! Love the festive Christmas colors. Thanks for sharing.

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