i received this recipe from my first husbands mother. I loved her dearly and miss her so much. My holidays would not be so joyful without her cherry salad. My second husband looks forward to it every Thanksgiving and Christmas. But in the past several years my husband and son have put a new twist on it. they freeze it. when frozen it taste just like cherry ice cream.
step one: in large bowl blend cream cheese till smooth no chunks. then fold in whip cream. set aside.
step two: in medium bowl mix in pineapple and cherries. pouring into a sieve and drain well saving all the juices. let set for about 5min.
Step three: measure out 1/2 cup of the mixed juice. the rest of the juice can be mixed with equal parts water and poured into ice trays or Popsicle trays for treats or flavored ice cubes for drinks.
Step four: pour the fruit that is well drained into the cool whip and cream cheese mix on medium for 1 min. to not over blend,you want the fruit to be mixed not chopped to bits.
Step five:in glass measuring cup take 1/2cup juice and heat it in microwave or on stove till very hot. dissolve the three envelopes of knox gelatin. mix this well we don't want any chunks left. let cool for two minutes.
Step Six: pour juice into the cool whip fruit mixture stirring on low till well blended. this will look a little soup but will set up in the fridge.
Step seven :pour all of the mixture in to a mold of your choice. I use a jello mold or cake mold. you can also just pour it into two smaller plastic bowls with covers so you only have to put out a little at a time or one at either end of the table.
Step eight: place molds in fridge for one hour or till set firm. you can freeze this salad for a ice cream textured desert.