Classic Blueberry Jello Salad

September 4, 2018
Classic Jello salads are family-favorites, for sure.  And this layered classic Blueberry Jello Salad is no exception, popping up at potlucks and family get-togethers galore.  With its fruity Jello base and creamy cheesecake-y topping, it's certainly hard to resist!
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We all know and love classic Jello salads.  I mean, who can pass by classic Orange Fluff or Pistachio Watergate Salad without grabbing a bowlful, right?  These creamy favorites are hard to resist, making them potluck favorites for sure.

And this classic Blueberry Jello Salad is no exception, popping up at potlucks and family get-togethers galore.

I was first introduced to this particular version of Jello salad by my sister-in-law's family.  It was way back when I had first moved from Vermont to North Carolina, and my parents had not yet followed my brother and me.

After one bite, you'll want to add this to your family-favorites line-up, for sure.  Or consider making it for your next potluck.  Or, like my sister-in-law's family, add it as a staple dish to your annual Thanksgiving feast.  

Being new to the working world, I didn't have the funds to fly back to Vermont for Thanksgiving and was spending my first Thanksgiving away from my Mom and her cooking.

Thankfully, my sister-in-law's family took me under their wing.

They invited me to join them for their extended family's Thanksgiving dinner.  I of course accepted the invitation, and am forever grateful for their kindness to include me.  I sure would have hated to sit home alone on Thanksgiving day!

It was at that Thanksgiving dinner I was first introduced to this Blueberry Jello Salad.  It's a staple dish at their annual Thanksgiving feast.

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In this Jello salad version, a fruity Jello layer is then topped with a rich and creamy cheesecake-like topping.  A few chopped pecans sprinkled on top add a nice crunch.

Grape Jello is combined with a can of blueberry pie filling to make the base of the Jello layer.  Which makes one wonder ... wouldn't the flavor taste more like grape than blueberry?

In this Jello salad version, a fruity Jello layer is then topped with a rich and creamy cheesecake-like topping.  A few chopped pecans sprinkled on top add a nice crunch.

The flavor of the finished dish is indeed blueberry, instead of grape.  While a hint of grape flavor remains, the blueberry pie filling takes over and comes through enough to make this salad live up to its "blueberry" name.

As with so many Jello salads, the filling also includes a can of crushed pineapple.  The crushed pineapple gives bulk to the filling, as well as adds a little bit of textural crunch, too. 

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Once the filling ingredients are mixed together, pour the Jello mixture into a 9x11" pan.  Chill this first layer until set, which can take up to about 3 or 4 hours.  

You can speed this setting process along by making sure the cold water used in preparing it is super cold ... I like to chill it down with ice cubes to make sure it's as cold as I can possibly get it.

I use a 9x11" pan instead of a 9x13" pan when making my Blueberry Jello Salad because I like the slices to come out a little thicker.  But you can certainly use a 9x13" pan, for sure, if you prefer or don't have a slightly smaller pan.

I use a 9x11" pan instead of a 9x13" pan when making my Blueberry Jello Salad because I like the slices to come out a little thicker.

After the Jello layer is set, mix up a cheesecake-y topping with cream cheese, sour cream, a little granulated sugar, and vanilla extract.

Mix the topping ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth, but do be careful not to overmix it.  If the cream cheese and sour cream are mixed too long with the electric mixer, they'll turn thin and runny.  Which in turn, makes the Jello salad's topping too runny, too.

Spread the topping evenly over the Jello layer, and sprinkle on a few chopped pecans to finish the salad off.

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Then let everything chill together for at least a few hours before serving.

When ready to serve, cut the salad into squares and you're good to go.

Layered Blueberry Jello Salad with Grape Jello Image

After one bite, you'll want to add Blueberry Jello Salad to your family-favorites line-up, for sure.  Or consider making it for your next potluck.  Or ... like my sister-in-law's family, ... add it as a staple dish to your annual Thanksgiving feast.

With it's fruity Jello base and creamy cheesecake-y topping, it's certainly hard to resist!

Blueberry Jello Salad Made with Grape Jello Image
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Classic Blueberry Jello Salad
(Print recipe)
Ingredients
Filling:
  • 2 (3 oz.) packages grape Jello
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1 c. cold water
  • 1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 (21 oz.) can blueberry pie filling
Topping:
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
Directions
  1. FOR THE FILLING: Slowly pour Jello powder into boiling water, stirring until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water.
  2. Add drained pineapple and blueberry pie filling; stir until well combined. Pour mixture into a 9x11” (or 9x13”) dish. Chill until set, about 3-4 hours.
  3. FOR THE TOPPING: Place softened cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until well combined and smooth (be careful not to overmix, though, or the topping will become runny).
  4. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of the blueberry layer. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  5. Chill until ready to serve.
Enjoy!



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5 comments

  1. could you use fresh blueberries instead of pie filling and would i have to add more sugar

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    1. I don't believe the texture nor flavor would turn out the same with straight-up fresh blueberries. If you'd like to use fresh blueberries, I would think it could work to make them into homemade blueberry pie filling first & then add it to the Jello ... Here's a link to my recipe for blueberry pie filling if you'd like to give it a try: https://www.thekitchenismyplayground.com/2018/08/blueberry-pie-cookies.html Enjoy!

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  2. I have never come across a recipe like this - it sounds so delicious! The cheesecake topping with pecans - the perfect finishing touch! xx Maria

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  3. This sounds so good!! Can’t wait to try it!

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