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cherry coke salad

Recipe by
Sheila Kremer
Tyndall, SD

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.

yield 12 or more
prep time 6 Hr
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cherry coke salad

  • 1 can
    (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained, but juices reserved
  • 1 can
    (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
    (12 ounce) chilled coca-cola or cherry coke or dr. pepper (depends what you have on hand!)
  • 1/2 c
    chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 pkg
    (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 2 c
    thawed cool whip

How To Make cherry coke salad

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    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.