Beach days, pool parties, boat trips, and barbecues are what Florida living is all about. When summertime weather heats up, you’ve got to find ways to cool down. Okay, skinny dipping in the pool is quite refreshing, but if your neighbor Duckie is (coincidentally?) trimming his hedges again this weekend, you might want to go for this cold jello salad instead. Fluffy and fruity, my Pretty in Pink Summer Salad will have you feeling chill on the hottest days.
Pretty in Pink Summer Salad is a warm-weather twist on my Retro 7-Up Salad that I usually make for the winter holidays. My son has been requesting his favorite lime Retro 7-Up Salad, so I decided to create a sweet cherry version that is the perfect side dish/dessert for a summertime barbecue or day at the beach. Just pack it in the cooler alongside your water wine bottles, and enjoy both refreshments!
Pink and fruity! (Oh so cutie)
Did you catch the throwback Duckie reference? If so, you must be a Molly Ringwald fan, too! I named this recipe after one of the many great 80s movies, Pretty in Pink, although I admit that it doesn’t top my favorite, 16 Candles. “You say it’s your birthday?” Celebrate with Pretty in Pink Summer Salad!
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Let’s Make It!
First you need to melt 15 (or so) large marshmallows with a can of Cherry 7-Up over medium heat. Once melted, set aside.
In a large bowl, add a block of softened cream cheese, a little bit of fresh lime juice, and a small box of cherry jello powder.
Stir it up, and you’ll have a bright pink base for your Pretty in Pink Summer Salad. Love this color!
Carefully add your melted marshmallow 7-Up mixture to the cream cheese jello mixture, and stir with a whisk until smooth.
Add your drained mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries. Slice your bananas just before you add them so they don’t oxidize and turn brown.
Remember to reserve a few pieces of fruit for garnish later. Any of these fruits will look great on top!
Cover the fruit and cherry jello mixture with plastic wrap. Allow it to chill overnight (or at least 4 hours) in the refrigerator. My kids were impatient, so after 3 hours, I put mine in the freezer for 30 minutes to speed up the process.
Once the jello is firm, the final step is to add a container of thawed Cool Whip!
The Cool Whip is what gives this summer salad its fluff, so gently fold it in. Also be gentle with your mandarin oranges.
Isn’t she pretty in pink?
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