Who’s ready for a nice long, holiday weekend? I am! I am! The weather is supposed to be nearly perfect all weekend. Warm and sunny. Around our area people will be enjoying this holiday on and around the water. We live on Lake Lanier in north Georgia and we’ve had lots of rain this Spring, so the lake is nice and full. Great for boating and water sports!
No matter what your weekend activities may be, I’m sure they will include some good food. It’s the unofficial kick-off of summer so that means time to get out that barbecue grill and crank it up. So, what’s it going to be for your family? Ribs? Chicken? Hot dogs and burgers? Whatever you choose, this strawberry-banana jello mold is a great dish to have alongside. It can be made a day or two ahead and people of all ages just love it.
Now you know that I would normally call this a “congealed salad,” right? But since that term seems to really confuse folks who didn’t grow up in the deep South, I’m changing it up just this once. Jello mold, congealed salad, call it whatever you like. You can make this recipe in a mold or a casserole dish. Round, square, or rectangular. Whatever you have.
Mix the strawberry jello with 1 cup boiling water stirring until the jello is completely dissolved. Add the whole strawberries. Pour into a mold or bowl and refrigerate until set.
Combine the bananas, sour cream, and pecans. Spoon in an even layer over the first layer. Cover and return to the refrigerator.
Mix the strawberry-banana jello and 1 cup boiling water, stirring until jello is completely dissolved. Add the crushed pineapple with its juice.
Fill a large bowl halfway with ice and place the bowl with the jello-pineapple mixture on top of the ice. Stir frequently until mixture has cooled and is partially set.
Spread in an even layer on top of the banana layer.
Return to the refrigerator to set. Serve garnished with sliced strawberries and fresh pineapple.
Other jello mold recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Grandma’s Pineapple Cucumber Lime Jello from Simply Recipes
- Layered Strawberry Salad from Julie’s Eats and Treats
- Blueberry Jello Salad from A Busy Nest
- Nirvana in a Bowl from Merryweather Mama
- Mimosa Fruit Salad from Kraft Recipes
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Memorial Day 2012 Menu Ideas
- Two years ago: Memorial Day Menu Planning
- Three years ago: Strawberry Jam
- Four years ago: The Real Deal Banana Pudding