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Cherry-Olive Salad

July 25, 2018

1 cup boiling water
1 package (3-ounces) cherry-flavored gelatin
1 can (17 ounces) pitted dark sweet cherries, drained and cut in half (reserve syrup)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, sliced

Pour boiling water on gelatin in bowl; stir until gelatin is dissolved. Add enough water to reserved cherry syrup to measure 3/4 cup. Stir syrup-water mixture and lemon juice into gelatin mixture. Refrigerate until slightly thickened, about 1 hour.

Stir cherries, walnuts and olives into gelatin mixture. Pour into 6 individual molds. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours. 6 SERVINGS.

Cherry-Apple Salad: Omit walnuts and olives. Stir 1 medium unpared red apple, chopped (about 1 cup), into slightly thickened gelatin mixture. Divide mixture among 6 individual molds.

Timing Tip: If you want to serve at different times, Cherry Olive Salad will hold in refrigerator up to 24 hours.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Martin permalink
    November 30, 2018 10:37 am

    I have made this twice now (once with gelatin based cherry jello, once with a vegan alternative) and served it to my colleagues at work. Both were horrid.

    • November 30, 2018 3:59 pm

      I feel like you’re a cruel person. And I like that about you. 🙂

      • Laura permalink
        June 15, 2019 7:45 am

        I have been searching for this for years! I thought it was merely a remnant of a childhood night terror!

  2. Evrline deJong permalink
    June 15, 2019 10:01 pm

    I’m so glad i found this. I used to make this for an elderly lady I took care of 30 years ago. She made this for her family years before that. I initially thought it sounded terrible but I actually liked it ! I just couldn’t remember the recipe. I do think she had me put in some finely chopped celery, but not sure. She had me make so many different unusual jello salads for her.

  3. Libby permalink
    November 28, 2019 3:08 pm

    My mom always made this for Thanksgiving dinner, didn’t matter where we were or who invited us to their’s. She made converts everywhere she took this. Now my brother and I carry on the family tradition. Love this salad!

  4. December 14, 2021 11:43 pm

    Celery definitely belongs in this recipe. I prefer pecans to walnuts (not as heavy) and I like the addition of Lemon Juice. I will remember that next time.

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