Cherry Coke Jello Salad

Sweet and memorable this Cherry Coke Jello Salad makes a great dessert for parties and family gatherings.

White tray with a cherry coke jello salad dessert made in a jello ring with a server on one side and bottle of cherry coke on the other side on a red and white napkin.

Classic Cherry Jello Salad Recipe

Super sweet featuring cherry pie filling in the cherry coke jello this red jello salad is a classic vintage recipe.

As a kid, I often saw jello dessert salads at potlucks and holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Jello salad has become a family tradition that is a special treat to enjoy.

There was always a good dessert salad or two like Marshmallow Salad, Pineapple Pretzel Salad or 7 UP Jello Salad on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dessert table.

Overhead view of a ring of red jello salad with cherry pie filling, cherry coke and black cherry jello on a white serving platter.

I honestly never tried them.  Then my mom gave me this recipe and basically said you can’t have a food blog without a couple good jello salads.  That’s when I realized I had never even tasted let alone made a jello salad.  Since I’m always looking for new recipes I thought why not?   If it’s not good I won’t actually put it on my website.

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Guess what?  My husband loves it, I enjoy it, but our elementary-aged son thinks it is a little odd.  So I conclude that you must be a bit older, like over the age of 20 to enjoy a good jello salad. As time has gone on I’ve grown to enjoy Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad, Red Hot Jello Salad and more!

My grandma always used a Tupperware jello salad mold that makes a pretty ring.  I have her ring, but sometimes I have trouble remembering where I store it, so I just use a nice serving bowl.

This recipe has an especially cherry taste with both the cherry pie filling and the cherry coke to make it extra sweet!

Fork full of coke and cherry jello salad on a stack of white plates with the ring of jello salad in the background.

Ingredients Needed to Make Cherry Jello Salad

  • Can of crushed pineapple
  • Cherry coke or cherry Pepsi
  • Cherry or black cherry gelatin
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Water
Ingredients to make cherry jello coke salad are a can of cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, cherry jello and cherry coca cola on a wooden counter top.

How to Make Cherry Coke Jello Salad

  1.  Drain pineapple juice into a saucepan.  Set drained pineapple aside.
  2. Add water to pineapple juice in saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Add gelatin and stir until dissolved.  Then stir in cherry pie filling and pineapple.
  4. Pour into jello salad mold or serving bowl and refrigerate until firm or set.  Store in the refrigerator in a tightly covered bowl or airtight container for up to three days.

Step By Step Instructions

Using a strainer to drain the pineapple juice into a saucepan and set the crushed pineapple aside.

Add water and bring liquid to a boil over medium heat.

Once boiling add cherry jello and stir or whisk together until dissolved. Then remove from the heat.

Next stir in cherry pie filling and the drained pineapple.

Crushed pineapple poured into mixing bowl with heated jello, pie filling and cherry coke.

Then pour into a jello mold with a heavy coating of non-stick spray to help it release.

Or use an ungreased serving bowl.

Overhead view of liquid jello mixture poured into a greased green tupperware jello mold on a white counter top.

Cover and refrigerate over night or until completely chilled and set.

If using a jello ring place a flat serving platter upside down on top of the ring and hold tightly together while inverting or flipping over.

Give the mold a minute or so to begin to release and then slowly and gently lift straight up giving the jello time to release.

Close up ring of jello salad filled with crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling with the cherry jello mixed with cherry coke.

Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!

More Delicious Vintage Recipes

Cheers to new traditions with old-fashioned classics!

Ring of coke cherry jello salad on a white serving tray.

Cherry Coke Jello Salad

Servings 8 people
Author: Jennifer
Sweet and memorable this Cherry Coke Jello Salad makes a great dessert for parties and family gatherings.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 20 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 3 ounce packages cherry or black cherry gelatin
  • 21 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 3/4 cup cherry coke or pepsi

Instructions
 

  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set fruit aside. 
  • In a saucepan, bring pineapple juice and water to a boil. 
  • Add gelatin; stir until dissolved.  Stir in pie filling and cola.
  • Pour into a serving bowl.  Refrigerate until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. 
  • Fold in reserved pineapple.  Refrigerate until firm.

Nutrition

Calories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 166mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 188IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published December 12, 2018 with updates made May 31, 2023.

Spoon in white bowl of Cherry Coke Jello Salad

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