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redneck watermelon summer salad

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Cheryl Kemptner
Palm Desert, CA

Watermelon and pineapple for the most refreshing summer salad you'll ever make! So good some folks may eat it for dessert, too! My cousin Katrina shared this recipe with me. Oh my gosh, everywhere I take it, it's a really big hit! Just trust me on this one.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you need a new summertime salad, you need to add this no-bake watermelon one to your menu. It's cool, creamy and refreshing with chunks of watermelon and pineapple in every bite. Just fantastic! We loved the crunchy texture that the pecans add to the salad. This will be a big hit at summer cookouts or potlucks.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 9 x13
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For redneck watermelon summer salad

  • 1 box
    strawberry gelatin, 6 oz.
  • 1 c
    boiling water
  • 1 c
    cold water
  • 3 c
    chopped watermelon in small pieces, remove seeds
  • 1 can
    crushed pineapple in juice, not drained, 8 oz.
  • 1 c
    coarsely chopped pecans (some nuts can be added to the gelatin, if desired, but I prefer to add them all to the top of the finished dish)
  • 1 pkg
    cream cheese, softened, 8 oz.
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    whole milk
  • 1 pkg
    Cool Whip topping, 8 oz.

How To Make redneck watermelon summer salad

  • Prepared gelatin in a bowl.
    Combine gelatin and boiling water in a medium heatproof bowl. Stir until gelatin is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add cold water & mix well. Chill in refrigerator until partially set, about 55 minutes.
  • Chopped watermelon and pineapple added to the gelatin.
    Add chopped watermelon and un-drained pineapple to gelatin mixture. Mix well. If you wish, some nuts can be added also. I prefer to put all the nuts on top of the finished dish. Spoon into 13x9 inch dish. Chill until set, about 1 hr.
  • Cream cheese beat until light and fluffy.
    Place softened cream cheese in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Milk and sugar added to the cream cheese.
    Add milk and sugar to cream cheese. Beat until the mixture is smooth.
  • Cream cheese mixture spread over gelatin.
    Fold whipped topping into cream cheese mixture. Spread evenly over gelatin mixture.
  • Pecans sprinkled over the dish.
    Sprinkle with pecans. Chill covered until serving time. Can be made the day before.