Too good to be Salad

Okay, who doesn’t roll their eyes at the thought of a congealed salad, be honest. Visions of green Jello mold on a plate wiggling are the basis for many comics’ jokes.  But when does congealed salad become yummy, right now! The first time I had this recipe I was surprised how delightful it tasted. Light refreshing, sweet and fruity, perfect harmony for my taste buds. I have made this recipe with sugar free gelatin and low fat cream cheese and sour cream, you really can’t tell a difference and this has become a favorite with wrestlers “cutting” weight in our home. Okay, that may not sound like a recommendation but trust me it is since every bite counts.

So if you are looking for something “light” or just a new take on an old concept try this one out. Let me know if you like it and try not to wiggle your food.


  • 2 small packages Blackberry or Raspberry gelatin
  • 2 Cups Boiling water
  • 1 15 oz can of Blueberries drained or frozen blueberries
  • 1 20 oz can of Crushed pineapple


  • ½ Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ Cup chopped pecans

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain blueberries and add to gelatin along with crushed pineapple and juice. Refrigerate until set. Topping: Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Fold in sour cream, spread over firm gelatin and top with chopped pecans. Very sweet and rich.


About Michele (the Author)

Growing up in Vicksburg, MS, Michele experienced a wonderful culinary experience, from seafood to ethnic foods, Lebanese and Greek! Married to John, we have two sons who have kept me busy in the kitchen. Hence, my need for good, quick food. After taking a few cooking courses, I love the learning process with tips and recipes from friends and family members. I have contributed and help produce several cookbooks for volunteer organizations. My second love is gardening which plays into my love of cooking. Nothing is better than fresh herbs used in recipes. My favorite hobby is baking, and sampling the yummy treats, they go hand in hand. Which contributes to me still being an avid fast walker, love of the outdoors and gardening, and I still carry Sting-Kill with me everywhere!