Ribbon Salad

Ribbon Salad


"This is a very good recipe anytime, but can be extremely festive at Christmas! Use red and green Jell-O®, or red, white and blue for the Fourth of July."


6 h 15 m servings 815 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 815 kcal
  • 41%
  • Fat:
  • 26.2 g
  • 40%
  • Carbs:
  • 133.1g
  • 43%
  • Protein:
  • 18.2 g
  • 36%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 60 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 499 mg
  • 20%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a medium saucepan, boil milk and sugar. Cool completely, but do not refrigerate.
  2. Dissolve each package of flavored gelatin separately in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Set aside.
  3. Dissolve unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add with sour cream to cooled milk and sugar mixture. Set aside.
  4. Spread gelatin of one color on the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Chill in refrigerator until set. Then put 1 1/3 cup of the sour cream mixture on the chilled, firm layer of gelatin. Keep alternating these until all gelatin is used. Be sure to chill after each addition of gelatin.
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  1. 30 Ratings


I have been making this for years and it is always a hit, especially when children are at the occasion. I have a different set of directions, that may help some people. Here they are: FIRST L...

This recipe is poorly written. Where does the vanilla go? Do NOT make the layers as the recipe suggests. Wait to prepare them until right before needed, otherwise they set while waiting their...

This is definately a keeper, it really adds color to the table. I just wanted to add, that the vanilla goes in the milk and sugar mixture. A member had commented on the instructions not being...

This was a hit at a dessert banquet. I lightly sprayed my pan with cooking spray and it didn't stick at all. I followed another users suggestion to wait to make the milk until ready to use, and...

I have made this for 4th of July & Memorial Day and like it a lot! The original recipe makes a lot of jello (2 packages of each, doulbe the other ingredients), so I cut it in half. My only oth...

Thank you for adding this one Stephanie! Had lost mine and was frantic! Great recipe for the family events, very festive indeed! Shelly

This came out awesome! It did take a long time to make but was worth the effort. I made it red white and blue for the 4th of July. I waited close to an hour between each layer and by the time it...

I made this yesterday. My toddler loved it. My husband liked it. My advice is put the flavor you least like in the bottom because it sticks in the bottom (but not too bad!). When you mix the unf...

everybody LOVES this recipe! it is now a requirement at all family functions. i coordinate the jell-o colors with the occasion and it always makes for a beautiful and delicious centerpiece.