7 up Jello Salad

Monday, September 30, 2013

7up Jello Salad is a classic holiday favorite passed down from Colt's Grandmother.

7 up Jello Salad

7up 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 marshmallow's. 
But wait thats not what makes 7up salad totally amazing, its 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! 

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 numerous times since! 
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.
Meanwhile bring 2 cups water to a boil. Remove pan from heat and stir in 6 ounces Lemon Jello until dissolved.
Add 2 cups 7up and stir well. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes off the heat.
Stir in drained crushed pineapple, 3 sliced banana's and 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.
Now for the best part! Pineapple Pudding Mousse: Once Jello is set in a medium sized sauce pan combine flour and sugar.
Add 1 whole Egg, beaten and stirred until combined.
Slowly stir in 1 cup reserved Pineapple Juice.
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.
Remove mixture from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon gelatin if using real whip cream.
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! 
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.
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It will look a little something like this.
Add Whip Cream to Pineapple Pudding mixture and fold in whip cream until well combined.
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.
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... 

Yield: 10 Servings
Nutrition facts: 235 calories, 10 grams fat


7up Jello Salad. Lemon Jello, 7up, crushed pineapple, sliced banana, mini marshmallows and topped with pineapple pudding mousse.
5 out of 5 based on 19 user ratings
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 40 mins


  • 6 ounces Lemon Jello
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 2 cups 7up or Sprite
  • 20 ounce Can Crushed Pineapple, Drained Juice Reserved
  • 3 whole Banana's, 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. Stir until jello is dissolved. Add 7 up and stir until combined. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in drained crushed pineapple, sliced banana's and mini marshmallows.
  2. 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. Combine flour and sugar in a medium sized pan and stir in egg. Slowly pour in pineapple juice while stirring until smooth. Add butter and bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until dissolved.
  3. Allow to cool 15 minutes or until room temperature.
  4. Beat whipping cream and vanilla in a cold mixing bowl at medium speed for about 1-2 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold whip cream into pineapple pudding mixture until well combined.
  6. Pour Pineapple Pudding Mousse mixture over the top of lemon jello. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
  7. Garnish with chopped nuts and cherries if using and serve.
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7up Jello Salad a must have side for Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner.


  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


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