Blueberry Jello Salad

by Lana Stuart on May 30, 2014 · 20 comments

Blueberry Jello Salad #jello #gelatin #blueberries #jellosalad #congealedsalad #desserts #sidedishes #salads #summer #southern #vintage

No traditional Southern meal would be complete without at least one gelatin-based dish on the menu. At potlucks and church dinners, you’re likely to find several dozen of these delightful creations on offer.

Now in the part of the south where I grew up, we’d be more likely to serve these as a side dish or salad rather than a dessert. It mostly depends on whether there are any vegetables in the mix. If your recipe includes onions, celery or carrots, it’s a salad. If not, it’s probably a dessert. Although that’s not a hard and fast rule mind you.

And another thing. Where I grew up, we always call these recipes “congealed salad.” Whether served as a side dish or dessert, it’s still congealed salad. I started out using that term but had so many people “correct” me or either outright state that the word “congealed” was disgusting (though I have yet to quite understand why), that I started using the apparently more popular “jello mold” or “jello salad.” Call it whatever you like.

Over the past few years, I’ve posted several gelatin-based recipes on the blog. There’s the classic Sunshine Salad, the old standard Lime Congealed Salad, our family’s favorite Polly’s Pink Stuff,  and the popular Strawberry Banana Jello Mold. I’ve even posted a Tomato Aspic which is, essentially, a congealed salad :-)

This Blueberry Jello Salad falls squarely in the dessert category. Not a carrot or celery in sight. This one uses black cherry jello chock full of blueberries and pineapple and is topped with a sweetened but tangy cream cheese and sour cream combination. Yum!

You probably noticed that even though it’s quite sweet and contains no veggies, I still called it “salad.” I know…we Southerners and our idiosyncrasies :-)

Make the gelatin layer for Blueberry Jello Salad

In a 2-quart heat-proof serving dish or casserole, add the jello and boiling water. Stir until the jello is completely dissolved. Add the pineapple with its juice and the blueberries. Stir until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate until firmly set.

Mix the topping for Blueberry Jello Salad

Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar to a medium bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the walnuts.

Add the topping for Blueberry Jello Salad

Spread evenly over the set jello layer.

Enjoy!

Blueberry Jello Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Blueberry Jello Salad

An old-fashioned southern jello salad with blueberries and pineapple topped with a sweetened cream cheese and sour cream mixture.

Ingredients

  • 2 3-oz. pkgs. black cherry jello
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8.25 oz. can crushed pineapple
  • 12 oz. frozen blueberries, thawed and lightly drained
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. In a 2-quart heat-proof serving dish or casserole, add the jello and boiling water. Stir until the jello is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the pineapple with its juice and the blueberries. Stir until evenly combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until firmly set.
  4. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar to a medium bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Stir in the walnuts.
  6. Spread evenly over the set jello layer.

Notes

Additional time is required for the gelatin to set. Plan on 4-6 hours.

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1 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet May 30, 2014 at 10:53 am

All of the layers going on here look incredible! This sounds super easy too!

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2 Lana Stuart May 31, 2014 at 7:48 am

Thanks, Nancy! And you’re right, it is very easy.

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3 Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes May 30, 2014 at 10:54 am

This looks awesome and I love that it can be a dessert or side dish!

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4 foodwanderings May 30, 2014 at 11:52 am

This blueberry jello salad is all sorts of wonderful. In fact I can’t believe the timing I made more simple jello blueberry sauce to top a cheesecake recently. Great minds.

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5 Lana Stuart May 31, 2014 at 7:50 am

Blueberries and cheesecake are just a fabulous combination, aren’t they?

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6 Amanda @the_kitcheneer May 30, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Oh my! This looks tasty! I’m a sucker for jello anything #1, #2 anything with cream cheese! So, this looks perfect for me! Will definitely be making this at my next cook out to share with the family!

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7 Lana Stuart May 31, 2014 at 7:51 am

Hope you all enjoy it, Amanda!

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8 Sara May 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe–sounds delish!

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9 Baby June May 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm

That actually looks really good! :) I’m one of those people who doesn’t like the word congealed, mainly because I tend to think of certain bodily…things…when I hear it, but I would definitely love this congealed salad! :P

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10 Lauren Kelly Nutrition May 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Love the color!! Almost too pretty to eat ;)

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11 Paula - bell'alimento May 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I have three boxes of gelatin in my pantry. Yep. Southern girl here.

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12 Lana Stuart May 31, 2014 at 7:52 am

I can’t imagine being without a box or two :-)

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13 claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I’m not ussually a huge fan of jello, but yes to this!

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14 Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic May 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm

As a life-long Northerner, I’m not so well versed in the ways of jello salads. However, anything containing this much fruit and cream cheese has got to be a winner.

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15 Miss P May 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

Perfect for this time of year!

Miss P

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16 Shelby May 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Lana, another one of our most loved “salads” but eaten as a tasty dessert.
I use grape or blackberry jello. In years past, I even used blueberry pie
filling. That was before our area had access to fresh or frozen blueberries.
Talk about sweet but very delicious! We love it.

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17 Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com May 31, 2014 at 8:09 am

My mom makes a similar salad but with pineapple I bet blueberry has to be fantastic.

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18 Rose | The Clean Dish June 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I have lived in the South for almost 4 years now but have never come across this lovely dish!! Thanks for introducing me to Blueberry Jello Salad – I’d love to give this one a try :)

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19 Nutmeg Nanny June 2, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Hooray for summer and hooray for blueberries!

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20 Connie | URBAN BAKES June 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm

I always enjoy learning a bit of history to peoples’ comfort foods. This is great and I’d say, stick to the term of what you grew up with. That’s how you keep family traditions still alive. ;-)

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