This Jello Salad recipe takes five minutes and uses only jello and cream cheese to make! Easy, old fashioned jello salad can be adapted for raspberry, strawberry, lime, or orange flavors, mixed with fruit, or topped with a creamy dollop of cool whip.
8ouncepackage cream cheese,softened and chopped into large pieces
Topping: Whipped Topping, fresh fruit, or marshmallows mixed with sour cream
Pour jello into a large bowl (helps with splatters while mixing). Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir to dissolve.
Add 8 ounce softened and chopped cream cheese to dissolved, hot jello. Let stand for 5 minutes for cream cheese to soften. Use hand mixer (or blender) on LOW speed to thoroughly combine. (TIP: A blender or immersion blender makes the least amount of mess and blends in the cream cheese best. If you don't have a blender, place the mixing bowl in the sink and beat it in there with a hand mixer. You will have yourself a kitchen counter clean up!) Mix until smooth and large lumps are no longer visible. (This will take a couple minutes to mix and some very small lumps may remain).
Add 1/2 cup cold water. Stir and pour into individual cups or serving bowl. Refrigerate until set, about 6 hours or overnight. Top with whip cream or fresh fruit before serving.
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Tips for Making Jello Salad with FruitPick a fresh, frozen, or canned fruit to pair with raspberry, strawberry, orange, or lime jello flavors. Read tips below to save yourself from jello mishaps.
You may stir in fruit after adding cold water, but it may sink to the bottom. For perfect presentation, refrigerate jello first to partially set (approximately 90 minutes).
Once it’s the consistency of unbeaten egg whites, stir in about 1 cup of fruit.
Drain fruit well so extra liquid doesn't prohibit the jello from setting.
More Ideas / Tips for Making Jello Salad
If using a hand mixer, be careful mixing the cream cheese with jello because it's very liquidy. To avoid a mess throw it in a blender or use an immersion blender.
For ultra creamy jello salad, whisk in 2 cups cool whip topping into jello after adding cold water. Refrigerate until set.
Jello shots anyone? Reduce the boiling water to 1 1/2 cups and pour in 1 cup of vanilla or raspberry vodka after the cream cheese is mixed in. Pour into these little nifty containers and your jello shot party is portable!
Add Cool Whip, homemade whipped cream, or miniature marshmallows mixed with sour cream (see heading below) as a topping.
Go nuts and make a parfait – In individual serving dishes layer jello cream cheese salad, fresh fruit, cool whip, marshmallows, and coconut.
Adding Marshmallows and Sour Cream to Jello SaladMix together 1 cup of sour cream, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, and 2 cups of miniature marshmallows. Spread on set jello.