Healthy Jello Salad–Really!

I should've taken a pic of my REAL Jello salad but my kids downed it so fast that this clip art will have to do.

My kids love Jello.  I hate it.  Okay, who am I kidding?  I love the stuff… it’s all jiggly and wiggly and delicious.  But I hate the fact that its completely PACKED full of sugar and artificial color and artificial sweeteners and all sorts of stuff with absolutely zero nutritive value.  So I never make it for my kids…

But, since my kids were begging, I decided to create healthy Jello salad… and after a few trials and errors, we had success!  So, here it is… my completely artificial-coloring-free, sugar-free, artificial-sweetener-free, all-natural Jello salad recipe

Watermelon Gelatin Salad

* 1 personal-sized seedless watermelon, cut into chunks
* 1 1/2 cups juice (100% juice white grape, apple, cranberry or grape)
* 2 packages Knox gelatin
* 1 1/2 cups fresh fruit, cut into chunks (I used peaches, plums, strawberries and blueberries)

1. Fill your blender with watermelon chunks (about 4 cups, loosely packed). Blend 1 minute until you have a thick liquid. Strain juice into a small saucepan (you’ll have about 2 cups of juice). (Throw away the pulp)

2. Sprinkle gelatin on watermelon juice. Let sit for 5 minutes.

3. Heat watermelon mixture over medium heat for about 5 minutes until gelatin is dissolved.

4.  Stir in juice.

5.  Pour half of the mixture into a small 9X9 glass pan and put in the fridge for 90 mins. Leave remaining mixture on the counter at room temp.

6.  Take out of fridge, sprinkle with fresh fruit, then cover with the remaining watermelon mixture.

7.  Put back in fridge and allow to set for 2-3 more hours (or overnight)

That’s it… your kids will LOVE it.

1 Comment

  1. This sounds wonderful. You want to know something really, really sad? I am Gelatin challenged! Either it never sets up, or it gets that rubber tire on the bottom of the bowl…or I want to put fruit in, and I do it too early and the fruit joins the rubber tire, or I wait too late and it’s one of those rare occasions where it actually does set up, and the pear slices bounce off the top.