Apricot Delight Jello Salad

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We’ve been having a debate at our house about whether this is a salad or dessert.  I call it a Jello salad.  My daughter agrees with me.  She says if it’s a salad then she can eat dessert later with a clear conscience!  I like her line of reasoning.

What do you think – salad or dessert?

Either way, it’s fantastic and perfect for Easter.  The apricots and pineapple add fruitiness to the jello.  And it gets topped with a creamy topping made from the fruit juice.  You won’t want to skip the topping.  It’s a cooked custard with Cool Whip folded in.  The topping makes this dish special.

I will say that the original recipe (given to me by my mom years ago) called for shredded cheddar cheese on top of the creamy topping.  I didn’t care for the cheese though, so I leave it out.  The cheese might move it more firmly into the salad category though.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:  

Apricot Delight
  • 2 - 15 oz cans apricot halves
  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 2 - 3oz packages orange jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup mini marshmallows
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  1. Drain apricots and pineapple, reserving the juice. Set juice in freezer to chill while you do the next steps.
  2. Chop apricots in bite size pieces.
  3. Dissolve jello in boiling water in a large bowl.
  4. Add 1 cup of the cold fruit juice, reserve remaining juice.
  5. Chill until slightly jelled (about 30 minutes).
  6. Add fruit and marshmallows to slightly jelled jello.
  7. Pour into 9x13 pan.
  8. Chill until firm.
  9. In a small sauce pan, combine sugar, flour, egg and 1 cup of saved juice.
  10. Cook over low heat till thick.
  11. Remove from heat and add butter.
  12. Cool in fridge.
  13. Fold in Cool Whip.
  14. Spread topping on top of jello.

We’ve been celebrating Spring all week and tomorrow, you can add your Spring projects and recipes.  I’ll have a post up for you to link to tomorrow at 7am Eastern.  This is like our Valentines party, which had over 600 links!

Earlier this week Mom Advice shared a Peep Martini.

Pennington Point shared Chalkboard Crosses.

Hoosier Homemade shows how to make Homemade Marshmallow Flowers.

Whipperberry shared an Egg Boat for Easter Brunch.

Buns in My Oven stuffed Cadbury Cream Eggs inside Cookies.

Nest of Posies shared Classic Coconut Cake.

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  1. I call these salads, too! Makes me feel so healthy! 😉

    Love this!

  2. Boy, this one brings back memories. I haven’t made it for years, but remember how good it was. The topping from the recipe I have took whipped cream. You’re right, great for Easter dinner and definitely a salad. Must be able to eat dessert also. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

  3. I am always looking for a new jello recipe to add to my recipe. This sounds terrific!

  4. I would sooooo love and enjoy this lovely salad/dessert! I’m with your daughter…I could eat it anytime too. Love that whipped topping. So springy huh? Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh YUM! We call it a Salad too, but who doesn’t love eating dessert before dessert? 😉
    Thanks for joining us for the Spring Hop!

  6. Donna Henderson says:

    I just made this for a group coming over for cards tomorrow. Of course, I had to do a quality control check and sampled it. Very good. It was quite sweet, I used the large boxes of jello, but wondered if I should have used small. I also used sugar-free jello and Splenda in the topping. Definitely a keeper!

  7. British American says:

    Looks yummy! Is that two small 3oz orange jellos? I wasn’t sure which one to buy and I bought two big 6oz boxes, just in case. Now that I look again, it looks like I need 2 small or 1 big box?

    I also couldn’t see apricot halves at Walmart, so I bought peach halves instead.

    I’ll be making this for Easter brunch at church. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Yes, it’s 2 small or 1 big. I couldn’t find the apricots at Walmart either. I had to hit up a different grocery for them. Peach should work fine.

      • donna henderson says:

        Yep, I found out it’s most definitely 2 small boxes. Mine is very orangy and very sweet, but still good since I used two big boxes. I should have known when you added only two cups of boiling water!


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