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An easy-to-make, tasty confection! Think back to Grandma’s Jell-O salads…
Note: You can substitute pineapple ‘tidbits’ if you can’t find crushed.
Drain the pineapple juice into a measuring cup (needs to have a 1 cup mark). Then add cold water to the reserved pineapple juice to equal the 1 cup line. So you have 1 cup of liquid total. Set the pineapple aside or in the refrigerator.
Empty package(s) of Orange Jell-O into a large serving bowl. Stir boiling water into gelatin and mix for 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Then stir in the 1 cup of pineapple juice & water mixture. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 and a quarter hours or until slightly thickened.
Remove Jello-O mixture from refrigerator and stir in Cool Whip with a wire whisk until smooth and well-blended. Cover and refrigerate 10 more minutes.
Remove and stir in the pineapple, oranges, marshmallows, and 3/4 cup coconut. (Reserve remaining coconut to sprinkle on top later on). As you are stirring, if you want to use more coconut in the Jell-O mix, then feel free to do so. It adds a nice texture. Use the back of the spoon to even out the top of the mixture so that it lays fairly flat. Cover and refrigerate 3 hours or until firm.
When ready to serve, sprinkle a light layer of the remaining shredded coconut on top for extra wow-factor. You can sprinkle it all over, or try to make a ring around the edge.
Keep in refrigerator, covered, until ready-to-serve.
The salad is absolutely perfect as a side for a nice, salty meat. It’s perfect for ham and divine for roast beef. (You really can’t go wrong!) My maternal grandfather was so taken with it the first year it was served that he took home all the leftovers.
Jello salads are a dying breed. I fondly remember this one that my grandma made for every holiday meal. It’s still a favorite. It’s always invited back whenever I take it to gatherings and pot-lucks. I know this recipe by heart since I’ve repeated it over and over upon request. I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family has.
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Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!