Christmas Snow Salad


This red-and-green congealed salad recipe from 1982 is still one of our all-time favorites.

Christmas Snow Salad
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 15 mins
Serves 8 (serving size: 1 slice)

Many holiday tables across the South aren't complete without a colorful congealed salad or two. We've published many, many Christmas-themed congealed salads over the years, and this recipe for Christmas Snow Salad, from November 1982, is still one of our all-time favorites.

Despite its charming name, the recipe does not contain actual snow. (Sorry, kids.) This creamy, bright red Jell-O salad is made with unflavored gelatin, crushed pineapple, whipped topping mix, mayonnaise, and powdered sugar, and is flecked with chopped red and green maraschino cherries and chopped pecans and walnuts. It looks like a delightfully retro Christmas tree ornament, especially if it is made in a fancy mold.

Once the salad has set in the refrigerator and has been unmolded (make sure to use a chilled, not warm, plate or platter so the gelatin doesn't melt), Christmas Snow Salad is best served in slices. For a fun old-school look, plate the mold on lettuce leaves and top it with extra maraschino cherries.

We guarantee that the kids at your table will be extremely impressed with this sweet and fruity treat—and so will the adults. Although, being adults, they may not express their excitement quite as strongly.


  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

  • 1/2 cup cold water

  • 1 (15 1/4-oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained

  • 1 (1 1/4-oz.) envelope whipped topping mix (such as Dream Whip)

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar

  • 1 (10-oz.) jar red maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

  • 1 (6-oz.) jar green maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


  1. Soften gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water; set aside. Drain pineapple, reserving juice; add enough water to juice to make 1 cup. Bring pineapple juice mixture to a boil, remove from heat, and stir in softened gelatin. Chill mixture until consistency of unbeaten egg white.

  2. Prepare whipped topping mix according to package directions, omitting vanilla; fold 1 cup topping into gelatin mixture (reserve remaining topping for other uses). Gently fold next 5 ingredients and pineapple into gelatin mixture; pour into a lightly greased (with cooking spray) 4-cup mold. Chill until firm. Unmold on serving tray; garnish with additional cherries, if desired.

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