Sometimes something light and refreshing is just what I need. I have come to love an old classic again. Gelatin salads, or fluffs (that have whipped cream), were very popular when I was young but have seemed to lose popularity over the years. The title of salad is a loose one. A gelatin salad generally has some fruit, but gelatin is definitely the star. They are one of the easiest ways to have a summer (or anytime) dessert without the oven. This recipe is a fluff, which I prefer. It is just the perfect little treat at the end of the day.
I have tried lots of variations of lots of recipes during these hot summer months, and this one is definitely my family’s favorite. My father-in-law even said he was hoping I’d have some when we came over for dinner one night…that’s a win in my book!! We all love this gelatin fluff (or salad if it makes you feel better). Call it what you want, but I know you will love it too. ~Kathy
- 1 large package (4.6 oz.) Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding
- 1 large package (6 oz.) Cherry Jell-O
- 2 ½ c. water
- 12 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
- 2 heaping c. strawberries, stems removed and sliced
- 2 c. mini marshmallows
In a sauce pan, combine dry pudding mix, Jell-O powder, and water over medium heat until it comes to a boil, stirring to ensure all the powder is dissolved and well combined.
Remove from heat and pour carefully into a large mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool slightly.
Refrigerate until it has thickened (about 4 to 6 hours, but overnight is fine).
Once it has thickened, using a hand mixer beat until smooth and creamy.
Fold in Cool Whip (one and a half 8 oz. containers). This may take a couple of minutes to get well incorporated.
Fold in strawberries and marshmallows.
Refrigerate until served.