Dessert Salad Recipes

Find old-fashioned favorites like ambrosia, Watergate salad, strawberry pretzel salad, and other cool and creamy dessert salads.

Staff Picks

Bing Cherry Congealed Salad

Rating: 4 stars 21
A creamy Bing cherry gelatin salad.

Orange Buttermilk Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 73
A refreshing chilled salad with orange gelatin, pineapple, buttermilk, and whipped topping.

Auntie Midge's Hawaiian Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
Great crowd salad. Auntie Midge's recipe. Drain fruit several hours in colander before mixing with marshmallows.

Rainbow Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
This gelatin salad recipe is so pretty in a glass cake pan!

Sea Foam Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 74
A light Jell-O salad, great for summer barbecues or with Christmas dinner!

Orange Sherbet Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
This is a great Easter or summer salad. It has a very light taste with the sweetness of Mandarin oranges and orange sherbet!
By Tara Holt

Carrot Gelatin Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
Old-fashioned carrot salad made with lemon Jell-O and pineapple. Grandma didn't specify the amount of carrots. You probably can't use too much!

Cottage Cheese Fluff

Rating: 4.5 stars 41
Low-fat cottage cheese is mixed with Cool Whip Lite® and dry sugar-free gelatin to create a delightful dessert. You can use any flavor Jell-O; I prefer lemon or orange.

Watergate Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 389
Pistachio pudding mix is the base for this marshmallow salad with pineapple, nuts and fluffy whipped topping.
By Allrecipes Member

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 701
It is a dessert, but isn't too sweet, nor too salty. It is really pretty when you put it in a clear ovenproof dish.

Instant Pistachio Salad

Rating: 5 stars 307
This recipe is super simple and can be changed to suit your tastes. Just add additional fruit and/or nuts.
By Margit Wallin

Frog Eye Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 270
An acini di pepe (or couscous) pasta salad with coconut, pineapple, Mandarin oranges, and marshmallows.
By Allrecipes Member

Inspiration and Ideas

Raspberry-Mandarin Whip
Rating: Unrated 14
"Delicious with less sugar. I take it out of the freezer an hour before serving to prevent 'brain freeze'! Our guests loved the flavour combination." – lvbeingagrandma
Master the Midwestern Dessert Salad
Made famous at church gatherings and lunch counter, these salads are the recipes that retro dreams are made of.
Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Rating: 5 stars 1816

This show-stopping dessert is made with a pretzel crust, a cream cheese layer, and a strawberry gelatin topping.