This was my grandmother Freda's 'famous' cherry salad. It was a huge hit at family gatherings. My mom mixes the lemon Jello, lemon juice, cream cheese and mayo in the blender. But here's the original recipe. Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
additional:
2 hrs 45 mins
total:
3 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 7x11 inch salad
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Dissolve the strawberry gelatin in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir in the cherry pie filling, then spread the mixture into a 7x11 inch pan, and refrigerate until nearly set, about 45 minutes.

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  • Dissolve the lemon gelatin in 3/4 cup boiling water; stir in the lemon juice, and set aside. Mash the cream cheese in a separate bowl until soft, then stir in the mayonnaise. Pour the lemon gelatin into the cream cheese mixture and stir until smooth. Next, stir in the undrained pineapple. Finally, fold in the marshmallows and whipped cream. Spread the pineapple mixture over the chilled cherry layer, and sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Chill in the refrigerator until fully set, about 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

260 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 38.3g 12% DV; fat 11.1g 17% DV; cholesterol 12mg 4% DV; sodium 115.6mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2012
Wonderful recipe and delicious, more as a dessert than a salad for our family, but refreshing and delish. Made exactly as recipe stated. I used Cool Whip the second time I made it and it still turned out great. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/05/2016
I made this for Christmas dinner and was excited to try it. The lemon jello smelled so good while I was preparing it. What a disappointment. No one in my family cared for this. It'll be Strawberry Pretzel Jello for us. Read More
37 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/09/2012
Wonderful recipe and delicious, more as a dessert than a salad for our family, but refreshing and delish. Made exactly as recipe stated. I used Cool Whip the second time I made it and it still turned out great. Read More
(83)
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2009
I made this for Easter with ham and scalloped potatoes. It was great! You could almost use it for a dessert though because it was very sweet. A very pretty spring salad/dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2011
I was a little skeptical with putting mayo in this but it turned out amazing. My husband turned his nose up at this until he tried it and loved it. I substituted the whipping cream with cool whip and it still came out fantastic. I didn't have any problems with dish not setting even though lemon top was a little soupy when I first put into fridge. It came out perfect. I will definitely make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2011
I was so happy to find this recipe. It sounded like a recipe that was brought to many holiday feast at my house when I was a child. The great aunt who brought it would never give anyone the recipe. Many of us tried to duplicate it but no luck. Then I found this ran right out to buy the ingredients and stayed up till 1 am to make it. Joy of joy this was the recipe call everyone I could think of in the family and passed it on. It has brought back many good memories of family and friends. Can't wait to present it on Thanksgiving. Someone else gets to bring it for Christimas. Good Times. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2011
Oh goodness this brought tears of nostalgia. When I was growing up my Nana use to make this except she used fruit cocktail & the lil colored marshmallows for us kiddos!:O) I have tried duplicating many times but never had any luck. Thnx so very much for posting!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2011
Yum! This reminded us of cherry cheesecake a bit. Wouldn't change a thing w/ the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2009
Very good salad/dessert. The combination of the cherry and lemon flavors is excellent Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2009
I thought this was very good. Easy to make. I made it for Thanksgiving but hardly anyone ate it (but that is not too surprising as this particular crowd doesn't do jello salads much). My 4 year old was put off by the top lemon layer - just a weird texture for him I think. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2011
I enjoyed this and made as written except did not add the nuts due to people who are allergic. I might try it w/ a different flavor such as strawberry pie filling next time. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/05/2016
I made this for Christmas dinner and was excited to try it. The lemon jello smelled so good while I was preparing it. What a disappointment. No one in my family cared for this. It'll be Strawberry Pretzel Jello for us. Read More
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