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Black Cherry Jello Salad

by Kristen

Black Cherry Jello Salad is super refreshing and is filled with delicious plump black cherries!  My mom made this black cherry jello salad for every holiday when I was growing up.   This jello salad will please adults and kids alike and is a super easy side dish to throw together for any holiday! 

I happen to be very partial to black cherries.  This black cherry salad will please your entire family!  My kids always look forward to jello at holiday gatherings.  Adults like this jello too!  ( there’s always room for jello :))

This dish has become a Christmas tradition in my family!   You only need a few ingredients, which is super easy to make!

All you need is:

Two packages of black cherry jello,

Two cans of pitted black cherries,

Water, And that is it! You can also replace one can of cherries with a can of mandarin oranges or pineapple if you like to. Fresh pineapple and canned pineapple will both work for this recipe.

I like to save the juice from the cherries and pour that juice into the cold water when I make jello.  Once I drain the juice, I stick it in the fridge for a few minutes to chill.

Most holiday gelatin salads call for cream cheese, sour cream, or marshmallows.  However, this salad just calls for jello and fruit! Jello has long been a staple of many diet plans.  It is low in calories.  One serving has 80 calories, 1.6 grams of protein,

This jello is simple yet really good.  This is a dish your kids can help you make!

Black Cherry Jello Salad


  • 2 3 ounces packages of black cherry jello
  • 2 15 ounces cans of black cherries
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups cold water mixed with cherry juice from the can


  1. Open cans of cherries and drain the juice into a measuring cup. Add cold water so that you have a total of 2 cups of liquid. Stick the juice/water in the fridge to chill for a few minutes.

  2. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add water into a microwave-safe bowl.

  3. Add 2 packages of black cherry jello. Whisk for 2 minutes. Make sure that the jello has completely dissolved in the water.

  4. Add the two cups of chilled water and juice into the bowl, along with the black cherries.

  5. Cover and let the jello set in the fridge for 6-8 hours or overnight.

  6. Serve

This is such a delicious side dish that I am sure your kids will love!  This is also super easy!  I know a lot of people are having small Thanksgiving gatherings this year.  You should stick to the side dishes you know your family will eat!


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Becky October 17, 2022 - 10:59 pm

My moms receipe was Bing cherry jello Use a can coke and add enough water to equal the 2 cups and we add pecans {chopped} also

Janet November 22, 2021 - 4:43 pm

I was planning on making your recipe for Black Cherry Jello. I can not find Del Monte black cherries that have juice with them. Only the kind in heavy syrup. Can I use those and take the syrup off? Please let me know, I’m making it for Thanksgiving.

Kristen November 23, 2021 - 12:18 pm

I think as long as you chill the syrup you can add it to your water.


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