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Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad

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An old vintage classic jello salad. This Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad is colorful, easy to make and still is a huge hit at holidays and bbq’s. The perfect side dish for a quick meal. 

Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad

This is such a fun recipe. Traditional, classic… vintage, if you will.

Made for nearly every major holiday in our home, the only thing we change up is the flavor of jello we use and sometimes the fruit.

This is such a tasty, festive salad, definitely more of a dessert than a “salad” but super yummy just the same.

The kids just adore it!

Honestly for most dinner parties with more than 6 members, I have to double this recipe or we run out really fast, believe it or not.

Everyone eats it and even those that resist jello tend to come back for more!

Definitely an old-school recipe, with throwback flair, but it tastes great and is a true classic.

Don’t you remember eating this as a kid? Or am I simply showing my age.

Jello salads, were all the rage back then and this one isn’t a whole lot different.

We enjoyed this one because of the colorful marshmallows, but you can certainly just use white ones too.

Either way it’s pretty and it makes up a big bowl that goes fast!

Do you make Jello recipes still or do you do something different?

These are still tried and true classic recipes that will never completely die.

I hope your family likes this fun memory as much as mine did!

Vintage Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad

Are you ready to make this Vintage Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad?

This vintage jello salad is so festive and perfect for any holiday meal.

It’s perfect as a side, or as a different dessert.

The kids love it and even the adults can’t resist.

For whatever reason this reminds me of childhood with every bite!

Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad

Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill : 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

An old vintage classic jello salad. This Cherry Marshmallow Jello Salad is colorful, easy to make and still is a huge hit at holidays and bbq's. The perfect side dish for a quick meal. 


  • 1 3oz. pkg. cherry jello (or any other flavor)
  • 2 20oz. cans crushed pineapple
  • 1-2 15oz. cans mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 8oz. container whipped cream
  • 1 10.5 oz. pkg. marshmallows (we use the colorful ones for fun, the white when we're being "formal")


  1. In a big bowl, dump the crushed pineapple WITH the juice (don't drain it!!). Dump the jello in with the pineapple. Stir the entire thing until it's thickened. Fold in whipped cream and stir well.
  2. Add in the mandarin oranges and stir. Add marshmallows. Put in the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Can you use fruit cocktail instead of mandarin oranges?

Nicole Cook

Thursday 9th of April 2020

I don't think this is going to work, since the fruit in fruit cocktail is very wet and is probably going to change not only the consistency but the flavor. If you decide to try it though, I would love to hear your results to see if it actually can work.


Wednesday 4th of July 2018

with this recipe, how many people will it serve? I would like to make this for a group of people and was also wondering if I can substitute bananas instead of mandarin oranges. I want to make this for 20 people but need to have correct amount of ingredients please. Thank you so very much!

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 4th of July 2018

This recipe serves about 8-10 people, depending on how big of a scoopful they get. It goes fast because it is so good. I would caution you to use the 8 people serving size with making it for a large group and triple this recipe. I suppose you could use bananas but you would need to coat them in lemon juice or literally serve immediately after or you will wind up with brown bananas in what would otherwise be a pretty salad. I hope that helps!


Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

do i prepare the jello with water or just dump in the dry jello?

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

Hi Wendy, I know I already responded to you personally, but wanted to make sure I left a comment here for anyone else who might also wonder. You do not prepare the jello, you simply use the packet of dry jello. Enjoy!


Saturday 4th of July 2015

I was looking for measurements for the recipe. These are different than my measurements. Can I have measurements for recipe. Thank you.

Nicole Cook

Wednesday 5th of August 2015

I'm not sure what you mean Lynn. The sizes for the products are listed. Do you mean in cups, tablespoons, etc? The reason I give the actual product sizes rather than actual measurements is because you use entire products for this recipe.

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