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.
serves12 or more
prep time6 Hr
cook time25 Min
Ingredients For cherry coke salad
(20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained, but juices reserved
(14.5 oz.) sweet bing cherries or dark sweet cherries in heavy syrup, drained, but syrup reserved
(8 serving size) cherry flavored jello
(12 ounce) chilled coca-cola or cherry coke or dr. pepper (depends what you have on hand!)
chopped pecans or walnuts
(8 ounce) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
thawed 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.
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