Cherry Coke Salad
Jello salad is taken to a new level with this salad! I got this recipe years ago from one of the ladies at church and it is a favorite at the holidays, funerals and potlucks. Note: Prep time includes chilling time. I like to make this a day ahead of serving so it has time to thoroughly set.
1 can(s)(20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained, but juices reserved
1 can(s)(14.5 oz.) sweet bing cherries or dark sweet cherries in heavy syrup, drained, but syrup reserved
1 box(8 serving size) cherry flavored jello
1 can(s)(12 ounce) chilled coca-cola or cherry coke or dr. pepper (depends what you have on hand!)
1/2 cchopped pecans or walnuts
1 pkg(8 ounce) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1/2 cpowdered sugar
2 cthawed cool whip
How to Make Cherry Coke Salad
- Drain the cherry syrup and pineapple juices into a saucepan. Set the fruit aside in the refrigerator to chill. Bring fruit juices to a boil, remove from heat and whisk in the Jello powder until fully dissolved.
- Transfer to a 4 cup glass measuring cup and add enough Coca-Cola to equal a total of 4 cups of liquid. You can also substitute additional Dr Pepper or cherry coke to make up the full 4 cups; transfer to a bowl and stir in the pineapple, cherries, and nuts. Can also pour into 9x13 glass pan if desired.
- Allow to fully set for at least 3 to 5 hours or longer - do not stir! Once it is set, mix the topping ingredients and frost the salad.
- For the topping, cream together the cream cheese and sugar; stir in the Cool Whip until well combined. Carefully frost the set-up salad with the topping. Cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.