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Cherry Cola Salad

(13 Votes)
SERVES
12
CHILL TIME
4 Hr
COOK TIME
10 Min
READY IN
4 Hr 10 Min

Put this on your list to take to your next family reunion - and you're sure to get all the raves! The gang will want reunions more often!

What You'll Need:
  • 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple in heavy syrup, drained with syrup reserved
  • 1 (16-½-ounce) can Bing cherries in heavy syrup, drained and chopped, with syrup reserved
  • 2 (4 serving each) packages cherry-flavored gelatin
  • 1 (12-ounce) can cola
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes (see Note)
What To Do:
  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, bring reserved pineapple syrup and cherry syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and add gelatin, stirring until dissolved.
     
  2. Add cola and chill 1 hour, or until it starts to thicken. Stir in pineapple, cherries, pecans, and cream cheese and spoon into a medium-sized bowl or gelatin mold.
     
  3. Chill 3 hours, or until set. When ready to serve, dip bottom of mold in warm water for a few seconds, then invert onto a serving plate larger than mold. Shake gently to loosen from mold.
     
Notes

The cream cheese should be cut into small chunks so it floats in the gelatin mixture instead of blending into it.

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you can get caffeine free coke

Can a soda besides cola be used? I do not us caffeine.

we use marschino cherries instead of the bing and can use red or green at Christmas to make to very colorful.

My Mom used to make this all the time. Great to have the recipe to bring back some old Louisiana memories.

Love this recipe. Used to make it in Homemaking class in high school,

i HAVE A COUSIN WHO MADE THIS SEVERAL TIMES FOR A FAMILY REUNION, i NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO ASK FR RECIPE AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GO TO ANOTHER, TO ASK. I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE THIS RECIPE TO ADD TO MY RECIPE BOX. i WILL MAKE IT NOW FOR MY FAMILY.

this was a "special occasion" salad, and since my Mom was a Southern Bell, that would anytime we had guests. will try the sugar free recipes...the best part of this site is the idea sharing.

I've made this many times. I have used cherry pie filling, lg crushed pineapple and cherry coke. A very refreshing salad.

I have always made this with sugar free jello and diet coke. I use low sugar pie filling, but will now try with cherries and cream cheese. Thanks

My grandmother always made this with large-curd cottage cheese instead of cream cheese.

I have made this for years except without the cream cheese and I have used fruit in its own juice. I also use diet coke. It is wonderful! I will now try it with the cream cheese.

This recipe I will try also with fine chopped apples added.

My mom made this when I was a kid around 35 years ago. Very good.

My mother made this for years for every Christms meal. It is my favorite gelatin dessert I think. We did not add the cream cheese, though and it was still great.

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