This retro, family-friendly 7-Up Salad dessert recipe was passed along to me by my dear mother-in-law. So, Gloria, we thank you for adding your special touch of sweetness into our world! This is the classic 7-Up Salad with lime jello, marshmallows, and cream cheese (and lots of fruit)!
To clarify, my husband demanded (for years) that I learn how to make this recipe which he grew up eating during the holidays.
The lime jello, white marshmallow whip, and red cherries make this a beautiful Christmas side dish which also doubles as dessert.
Serve it up on your plate next to all of that turkey and stuffing this holiday, and you’ll have managed to find the perfect savory-sweet balance that we all look for in a festive meal.
Here are the basics for whipping up this super easy, vintage dessert.
First, soften your cream cheese in the microwave (about a minute) and then add the packet of lime jello powder.
Pour a can of 7-Up into a saucepan over medium heat. Add about 15 marshmallows, and stir frequently until they melt.
Slowly pour the 7-Up mixture into the bowl with the cream cheese jello mixture.
Whisk it up until smooth.
Mix in the drained fruit cocktail (two 15-oz cans). You can substitute or add in any type of fruit you’d like here.
I added a handful of red cherries because they’re so vibrant and they give a nice plump texture to a spoonful of this delicious dessert.
Mandarin oranges would also be a great addition. Those little orange sweeties are a kid-favorite!
Cover it with plastic wrap, and pop it into the fridge overnight or until the jello is set.
The pic above is not the best photo (sorry!). I need to invest in some cuter storage/serving bowls (with lids). I’m putting these vintage-looking babies at the top of my wish list (hubby, are you paying attention?):
If you’re like my kids and can’t wait until tomorrow to dig in to this scrumptious treat, just wait about 4 hours for the jello mixture to set.
The boys actually followed the directions and prepared this recipe while I took the pictures. It’s that easy!
After the jello mixture has had time to firm up, fold in the thawed cool whip and serve!
If you’re visiting family and friends for the holidays and taking this as a side dish, you can transport the refrigerated jello mixture and the tub of cool whip separately.
When you arrive, simply combine and serve.
My husband loves this dessert even more the following day when we pull out the leftovers.
The flavors seem to gel and strengthen overnight, which provides more of a flavor punch to help us get through our post-holiday food-hangover (Ahem…couldn’t have been the drinks).
Here’s the full, printable recipe. You (and your kids) are going to love it!
This recipe is also linked up with other zesty food bloggers at Weekend Potluck, Funtastic Friday, Pat and Candy, Pint Sized Baker, Colors and Craft, Across the Boulevard, Pieced Pastimes, The Country Cook, Miz Helen’s Country Cottage and Rattlebridge Farm.
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