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Strawberry-Banana Gelatin Salad

Our family gatherings wouldn't be the same without this classic gelatin salad with its festive fruit layers. Since it stays nice and firm, it travels well and is ideal for taking to covered-dish suppers and church potlucks.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, partially thawed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup mashed firm bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in water. Stir in strawberries, pineapple, bananas and nuts. Pour half of the mixture into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.
  • Set the remaining gelatin mixture aside. Combine the sour cream, sugar and vanilla. Spread over the chilled gelatin. Spoon remaining gelatin mixture over top. Chill overnight.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 184 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 42mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Connie
    Dec 20, 2018

    I use one packet of unflavored gelatin dissolved in two tablespoons of cold water. Mix into jello mixture. This will make it firm.

  • Mary
    Nov 20, 2017

    How far in advance can I prepare this with the middle layer of sour cream?

  • dig1
    Jun 21, 2017

    No comment left

  • Jill
    Jun 10, 2017

    The reason this turns out soupy is because the directions are incorrect; the pineapple should be DRAINED NOT UNDRAINED; made this for a church gathering and it never set; it also does not mention to drain off strawberries; hope people read reviews or directions are corrected.

  • Kristin
    Nov 29, 2016

    For those whose salads did not congeal, THIS is your problem. Your water must be BOILING, not just super-hot. A real full-on rolling boil. You MUST stir the boiling water and jello together for THREE entire minutes. Use a timer. No shortcuts. You must also well-drain your pineapple, and pour off any runny liquid at the bottom of the partially thawed strawberries. This is a technique sensitive recipe, but if you do my "helps", I guarantee yours will set up nice and firm! I can cut mine in tight clean squares that do not slop or ooze, and serve it with a spatula. Hope that helps!

  • Kristiwatts
    Nov 23, 2015

    My mom made this every Thanksgiving and Christmas and it is the best! It wouldn't feel like the holidays without it! To fix the problem of not setting, follow this instead:Drain the pineapple very well.Use very ripe bananasHere is the recipe that has always worked well for my family:1 lg pk strawberry Jello (or 2 small)1 1/2 cups boiling water**Melt jello in water. CHILL jello (but not set!)In separate bowl:Mash 2 ripe bananasAdd a small can of drained crushed pineappleAdd - sm pk frozen strawberries ( thaw halfway and crush with fork before adding)Stir all gently into chilled jello and mix in a handful of crushed pecansLayer in a casserole dish - 1/2 jello mixture in bottom.Chill 45 minSpread sour cream (no sugar) on top.Pour remaining jello mixture on topChill completely**the chilling process is important to help it set properly.ENJOY!!

  • zoey5552
    Nov 13, 2015

    My mother made this every year for Thanksgiving and it was such a hit! It is a perfect dish for the holidays!

  • tattoogirl
    Nov 27, 2014

    The flavor of this salad is delicious, however, it does not ever set up, it is like strawberry soup. I have made it several times and follow the recipe to the letter and it turns out the same every time.

  • suzie706
    Dec 26, 2012

    This was a great recipe for Christmas dinner. I doubled everything but the sour cream middle. It was delicious.

  • mmmm..
    Feb 13, 2012

    Awesome sweetness/tartness combination, not so good at setting up.