7 Up Jello Salad

Monday, September 30, 2013
7 Up Jello Salad is a classic holiday favorite passed down from Colt's Grandmother. It's a favorite for barbecues, summer picnics, potlucks and of coarse the holidays. 

7Up Salad consists of Lemon Jello made with 7 Up, drained crushed pineapple, sliced bananas, and mini marshmallows. It's then refrigerated before being covered with a pineapple pudding mousse. It can be garnished with maraschino cherries and chopped nuts if desired.  

It's usually served as a side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter but it also makes a fantastic dessert. 

7 Up Lemon Jello Salad in a parfait cup. Layers of 7 Up Lemon Jello with Pineapple and Banana topped with Marshmallows and a Pineapple Mousse. A delicious Jello Salad Recipe.

7 Up Jello Salad is a staple in Colt's family for the Holidays. His Grandma Sible passed this recipe down to Colt's Mom years ago (by that I mean close to 40 years ago) and it's the only Jello Salad that I have ever tasted that I can't live without. It's a Thanksgiving and Christmas staple in our house and once in awhile I make it just to be naughty.

7up Salad is made with lemon jello, 7up, crushed pineapple, bananas and of course mini marshmallows. But wait thats not what makes 7up salad totally amazing, it's the layer of pineapple pudding mousse that goes on top, oh dear lord it's delicious! 

I almost ate could have ate all the pudding and left the jello for the kids, I know its so bad in so many ways but it's just that good.

A hand written recipe card for 7 Up Jello Salad.

My recipe card is looking it's age. My Mother In-law wrote the recipe down for me about 13 years ago when we held our first family gathering at our house, and I've made it a billion times since..


Pineapple Juice being strained into a measuring cup.

Drain a 20 ounce can crushed pineapple of juice. Press out all the juice from the pineapple. You should have about 1 cup pineapple juice reserved.

Set crushed pineapple and juice aside.

Lemon Jello being whisked into boiling water in a large saucepan.

Meanwhile bring 2 cups Water to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in 6 ounces Lemon Jello until dissolved.

7 Up being stirred into Lemon Jello in a large sauce pan.
Add 2 cups 7 Up and stir well. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes off the heat.

7 Up Jello with Marshmallows, Bananas, and Crushed Pineapple being stirred into a saucepan.
Stir in: 
  • Drained Crushed Pineapple
  • 3 sliced Bananas
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows

Pour Jello mixture into a 9"x13" dish or 10 individual parfait glasses.

Cover jello and place in refrigerator for 2-3 Hours until set.

Flour and Sugar being whisked together in a saucepan.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin with 3 tablespoons Water and set aside.

Now for the best part Pineapple Pudding Mousse! Once Jello is set in a medium sized sauce pan whisk together: 
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 cup Sugar

1 whole Beaten Egg being whisked into flour and sugar mixture.
Add 1 whole Egg, beaten and stir, until combined.

Pineapple Juice being whisked into flour egg mixture in a saucepan.
Slowly stir in 1 cup reserved Pineapple Juice.

Butter being whisked into Pineapple Pudding mixture.
Add 3 tablespoons Butter and turn heat to medium. Bring mixture to a boil while stirring constantly.

Boil for about 3 minutes or until thickened.

1/2 teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin held over Pineapple Pudding in a saucepan.
Remove mixture from heat and stir in bloomed gelatin mixture if using real whip cream.

I used to mix the gelatin directly into the pineapple mixture but found that would sometimes leave a small lump or two.

Allow mixture to cool for about 15 minutes or until room temprature.

If you want to make the original recipe, and use that one stuff that starts with cool, you know that stuff..With all the weird ingredients you can leave out the gelatin and whip cream in the next step and just add 1 cup Cool Whip.

Personally I avoid that stuff like the plague and opt for whip cream and gelatin because I know what both are made out of, but that's just my opinionated, pain in the whahoozie choice..

Please no one tell my Mother In-Law, what I've been up too! 

Whipping Cream with Vanilla in a mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment.
Beat 2/3 cup Cold Heavy Whipping Cream and 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract until stiff peaks form  about 1-2 minutes over medium speed.

Beaten Whipping Cream in a bowl for 7 Up Salad.
It should look light and fluffy. It will also hold its peaks.

Beaten Whipped Cream being folded into Pineapple Pudding mixture in a saucepan.
Add Whip Cream to Pineapple Pudding mixture and fold in whip cream until well combined.

Pineapple Pudding Mousse mixture in a saucepan.
Go ahead and grab a spoon and take a taste, it's like heaven in a pan... I won't tell..

Top Jello with Pineapple Pudding Mousse Mixture and refrigerate until cold and ready to serve 6 hours or overnight.

7 Up Jello Salad in parfait glasses. 7 Up Lemon Jello with crushed pineapple, banana and marshmallows. Then a layer of Pineapple Pudding Mousse.
If your feeling fancy feel free to garnish with nuts and maraschino cherries.

I forgot the cherries and sliced almonds at the store so we just enjoyed the 7up Salad as is, plus the kids get a little weird when you add nuts to Jello.. I think it's a texture thing... 

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Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
7 Up Jello Salad Recipe

7 Up Jello Salad Recipe

7 Up Jello Salad recipe has lemon jello, 7 Up, crushed pineapple, sliced banana, mini marshmallows and topped with pineapple pudding mousse just like Grandma use to make from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 20 MinInactive time: 9 HourTotal time: 9 H & 40 M


  • 6 ounces Lemon Jello
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 2 cups 7up or Sprite
  • 20 ounce Can Crushed Pineapple, Drained Juice Reserved
  • 3 whole Bananas, Sliced
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
Pineapple Pudding Mousse
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg, Beaten
  • 1 cup Pineapple Juice
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Gelatin
  • 2/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Chopped Nuts and Maraschino Cherries (Optional)


  1. Combine lemon Jello and boiling water.
  2. Stir until jello is dissolved.
  3. Add 7 up and stir until combined. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in drained crushed pineapple, sliced banana's and mini marshmallows.
  5. Pour Jello mixture into a 9"x13" pan or divide evenly into 10 individual parfait glasses. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Pineapple Pudding Mousse
  1. Stir 1/2 teaspoon Unflavored Gelatin with 3 tablespoons Water in a small bowl.
  2. Combine flour and sugar in a medium sized pan and stir in egg.
  3. Slowly pour in pineapple juice while stirring until smooth.
  4. Add butter and bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly.
  5. Boil for 3 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in bloomed gelatin until dissolved.
  7. Allow to cool 15 minutes or until room temperature.
  8. Beat whipping cream and vanilla in a cold mixing bowl at medium speed for about 1-2 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  9. Fold whip cream into pineapple pudding mixture until well combined.
  10. Pour Pineapple Pudding Mousse mixture over the top of lemon jello.
  11. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  12. Garnish with chopped nuts and cherries if using and serve.

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A side shot of 7 Up Jello Salad in a parfait cup with white text at the top of the photo 7 Up Lemon Jello Salad.
2 photos the top photo is of a side shot of 7 Up Jello Salad in a parfait cup and the bottom photo is of the pineapple mousee in a stainless steel saucepan. There is a white banner with black text between the two photos 7 Up Jello Salad.


  1. I've never taste something like this on my life... The taste, the texture.. it's simple weird for my Southamerican palate.. but i'm eager to ry this.. maybe i grab this recipe to experiment new flavours and textures.. and trust me i would add them nuts.. soft and crunchy is heaven"

  2. Thank you so much for linking this wonderful recipe up! I love old recipes that have been handed down. I too have old recipes that are stained with love from the kitchen, and don't you just love the penmanship. My Grandmother's hand writing looks very similar. Have a wonderful night :)

  3. My Grandmother also made that recipe. She topped it with grated cheddar cheese. Mom just make it for Christmas dinner. I absolutely love it.

  4. Can a glass big dish be used for this recipe (7-Up Jello Salad)instead of individual dishes? Also, what do you think about adding cherry juice or cherries to make it look festive for xMAS. I can wait for your reponse. Thanks.....

    1. Hi! It can be made into a 9"x13" pan. Cherries can be added to the top for garnish. Thanks, Serena

  5. My Grandmother had that same recipe but it called for grated longhorn cheese on top . . .to die for. I don't see longhorn cheese in the stores anymore but I think it is the same as colby cheese. Very, very good. Lots of wonderful memories in this dish.

    1. That sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing your Grandmas secret. Thanks, Serena

  6. Can you make this day before serving for luncheon? If so, would wait to add topping hour or so before serving?

    1. I usually make it all the night before. It will hold up fine. Thanks, Serena

  7. ,I have a question about using the cool whip instead of whipping cream... Do u leave out the sugar when using CW? Because if not, won't the sweetness of the CW make it doubly sweet?

    1. Hi, Actually I reduced the sugar in the original recipe by using the same amount of sugar but using the heavy whipping cream. The original recipe called for the cool whip and sugar. I hope that helps. Thanks, Serena

  8. I don't know but I would think we soon as you let the 7up set out(especially when it hits the hot water) you loose the carbonated effect of 7up. So what you getting the flat 7up. Wouldn't there be something you could put in it's place? Maybe a like flavored simple syrup?

    1. It doesn't taste flat but it's not extremely pronounced. I always think it tastes a little tingly on tongue. You could substitute it with anything you like even carbonated water to cut down on the sugar. It's an old recipe that we adore in our house, so we don't change it. It reminds my husband of his Grandmother who passed away a few years back, but you could try anything you want for an alternative. Good luck! -Serena

  9. Clarification needed please. The recipe says to put jello in fridge for 2-3 hours. Then the end of the recipe says to pour pineapple mousse on top of jello, cover & put in the fridge for 6 hours-overnight. So does that mean that overall this salad needs to be refrigerated for a minimum of 8 hours total?

    1. Hi Lisa! Yes, it's probably about 8 hours fridge time total. Thanks, Serena

  10. Thank you for praising the superiority of real whipping cream over that stuff in the plastic dish. It is a very poor substitute for the real thing. Even the stuff you squirt out of a can is better. This recipe sounds delicious and I'll give it a try soon (with real whipping cream).

  11. Will the bananas turn mushy or change color in the salad.

    1. They do after about 24 hours they soften and start to brown.

  12. My aunt made this salad every Easter its one that I adore as well! The pineapple mousse on top mixed with te fizzy jello is out of this world good. It's really difficult to get others on the bandwagon when I describe it! It was refreshing to see others love it too😁

    1. It is hard to understand until you try it, but it's a must have in our house for any holiday too!

  13. Isn't two cups of boiling water and two cups of 7UP too much liquid? Or is this a misprint? I've made his salad many times before just using 1 and 3/4 cups of boiling water and two cups of 7UP.

    1. Nope! That's correct. A 3oz package of jello takes 2 cups of liquid. There is 6 oz of Jello, so 4 cups of liquid. It's possible to use less liquid it will just be a much firmer jello. Merry Christmas, Serena

  14. My mom always made it with lime jello, otherwise seems the same. LOVE the pineapple topping!

  15. Back in the 70's I had a 7 up salad. It was with lime jello. It was green on the bottom, and the top was cream cheese and not sure what else. But the top layer was about 1/4" deep. It was fantastic. I have searched for years for the recipe. There wasn't marsmallows or bananas. Would you know how to make this. It was popular in Rantoul, Illinois then.

    1. I don't have a recipe for that. Did it still have the pineapple. I've seen several lime 7 up Salads with cream cheese but it's whipped in to the Jello. I'll try asking my Mother-in-law if she has a recipe similar to what you are talking about. She has a secret jello salad recipe stash she's collected over the years. Once in awhile she will make a Cranberry version. She might have a lime and I'll try to remember to ask her if she might know. Thanks, Serena

  16. Would you suggest a while 8oz container of cool whip or measuring our a cup of cool whip if not using whipping cream. Thanks in advance

  17. Could you make this in a large trifle dish instead of a 13x9 pan? Maybe add extra refrigeration time since it will be thicker?

    1. Yes, that would work. I've seen several photos of readers making it that way on Pinterest. Thanks, Serena

  18. Have you ever made it without the bananas?

    1. I haven't but I don't see why you couldn't. Thanks, Serena

  19. Could the bananas be left out?


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