Bing Cherry Salad


This is a salad my great grandma use to make and is one of my favorites to eat during the holiday season. Most people make this creamy by melting the cream cheese or dissolving it in the juice. We actually add small chunks of the cheese after the mix has cooled. So you have a clear gelatin with little white chunks in it. So good!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
10 servings


  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pitted Bing cherries in water

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into pieces

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle cola-flavored carbonated beverage, or as needed.

  • 1 (3 ounce) package cherry Jell-O®


  1. Drain the pineapple juice and cherry water into a 2-cup measuring cup. Pour enough color to make 2 cups; discard the remaining soda. Pour the cola mixture into a saucepan.

  2. Bring the cola mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, then stir in the pineapple, cherries, cream cheese, and cherry gelatin until gelatin dissolves, about 5 minutes. Pour mixture into a mold or glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

Cook's Notes

There are several variations to this in my family. You can add pecans, you can add all of the pineapple instead of just half. You can add the whole can of soda. You can also let the mixture cool a bit before adding the cream cheese so that it doesn't melt.

My sister and I like to make a double batch so we have it to snack on for the next few days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

132 Calories
3g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 67mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 135mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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