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Raspberry Layered Jello Salad

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Raspberry Layered Jello Salad begins with a base of frozen raspberries, pineapple, and fresh bananas topped with a layer of sour cream, topped off with another thin layer of raspberries and jello! It’s the perfect side salad for Holidays and Special Occasions.

My Mom gave me a cookbook filled with family favorite recipes at my bridal shower 30+ years ago! It’s still one of my favorite gifts, and my most treasured collection of recipes! 

Raspberry Layered Salad slice on a plate

One of our favorite salads contained within the pages of that family treasure is this scrumptious Raspberry pineapple layered jello salad. It’s made with frozen raspberries, so it can be made year round.

I can’t tell you the original origins of this salad.  Mom states in the cookbook that it came from my Church Youth Leader. My favorite youth leader!

She was always so much fun! I have an entire file in my memory bank of the times spent with her and my friends! Truly a great woman, who I so admire. She still is! Knowing it came from her makes this recipe even more special.

I like to make this salad for Easter, Christmas, and other special occasions! The layer of sour cream adds an amazing creaminess and little extra subtle tang! This is by far my all-time favorite jello salad. It goes great with Ham and Prime Rib! 

How To Make Raspberry Layered Jello Salad

You will need four (3 oz.) packages of Red Raspberry Jello, or 2 large 6 ounce packages. Place the gelatin in a large bowl.

TIP: You can also cut this recipe in half and only use two 3 oz. packages of jello. Just remember to cut the remaining ingredients in half.

Raspberry Jello in a bowl

Carefully add 3 1/2 cups boiling water to gelatin and mix until jello is completely dissolved.

Adding boiling water to jello

Add two (12 oz) bags of frozen raspberries. Do NOT thaw the raspberries. Just toss ’em in there frozen and stir! Jello will begin to thicken.

Frozen Raspberries being added to gelatin

Add 1 (20 oz) can, undrained, crushed pineapple! 

Adding crushed pineapple

Stir until all the ingredients are well combined! 

Raspberries and pineapple in jello

Remove two cups of jello mixture and set aside to use later. This is for the top layer of this jello salad. (It was “wear matching jello nail polish” day! Why else would I wear hot magenta nail polish?)  

Reserving two cups of jello mixture

Stir in 4 mashed bananas.

TIP: Now I’m a little “lazy” when it comes to cooking. Maybe lazy isn’t the right word…maybe I should say “I like to take shortcuts”!  So I just toss the bananas in the jello mixture and mash them in there.  

Caution when mashing bananas into jello do so carefully! You do not want to pulverize the raspberries. 

Adding mashed bananas to jello

Stir, one more time, to incorporate all the ingredients together!

Mixing banana's and pineapple all together

Pour the Raspberry Pineapple and Banana jello mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish. Place on a level surface in your refrigerator and let chill till fairly well set.

Placing Jello in dish to set up in refrigerator

Sour Cream Layer

Once the base layer has set, spread 1 pint of sour cream over the top, with a spatula, to create a beautiful white ribbon between the Raspberry jello layers.

spreading sour cream over jello salad layer

Top Gelatin Layer

Spoon the reserved 2 cups of gelatin over the top of the sour cream. Carefully push the jello mixture to the edges of the dish. The mixture will be thick, but it will cover the sour cream.

Spooning the reserved jello over the sour cream layer

Chill until firm. Do not cover with plastic wrap until the salad has completely set!

TIP: Once it is fully set you can cover with plastic wrap to keep the jello fresh. Just be very careful removing the plastic wrap, or spray it with non-stick cooking spray, so it doesn’t stick to the top layer of jello.

Raspberry Layered Jello Salad set from being chilled overnight.

Cut into squares, garnish with whipping cream, a fresh raspberry and a sprig of mint.

Cut slice of Raspberry Layered Jello Salad

All the various layers of this raspberry jello salad made with frozen raspberries, combine for a luscious side salad. I love the creamy texture the mashed bananas lends to the base layer of this jello salad.

cut slice of layered raspberry jello salad

This truly is my favorite salad made with jello! It’s been a staple at our dinner table for years, and always receives rave reviews. I know the guests around your table will love it too.

Like this Raspberry Layered Jello Salad? You may also like these other Salad Recipes.

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Happy Nesting and Happy Holidays!

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Yield: 12 servings

Raspberry Layered Jello Salad

Raspberry Layered Jello Salad

Raspberry Layered Jello Salad has a base of frozen raspberries, pineapple, and fresh bananas topped with layer of sour cream, and topped off with another thin layer of raspberries and jello! It's the perfect side salad for Holidays and Special Occasions.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 4 - 3 oz. packages raspberry jello
  • 3 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 - 12 oz packages frozen raspberries
  • 1 - 20 oz. crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 4 mashed bananas
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • Fresh Raspberries and mint for garnish


  1. In a large bowl add packages of raspberry jello and boiling water. Mix with a wire whisk, until jello has completely dissolved.
  2. Add frozen raspberries and crushed pineapple, undrained, to jello. Mix until well combined.
  3. Remove 2 cups of jello mixture and set aside until later.
  4. Stir in mashed bananas to the large bowl of jello.
  5. Pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish and allow to chill on an even surface in the refrigerator until fairly well set.
  6. Remove jello from refrigerator and top with sour cream. Spread sour cream evenly to cover base of salad.
  7. Spoon reserved 2 cups of raspberry pineapple jello over the top of the sour cream.
  8. Chill jello salad until firm. Cut into 12 equal squares, to serve top each square with whipped cream and a fresh raspberry.

Nutrition Information:


12 servings

Serving Size:

1 square

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 24mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 8gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

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Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Thanks Norine. My husbands gramma made this every year for Thanksgiving and I’ve been searching for this recipe. 🥰

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Wednesday 29th of November 2023

Hi Sandy! I'm SO glad you found this recipe! It's is my very favorite Jell-O Salad recipe on the planet! The combination of flavors with the layer of sour cream is just so divine! I'm so happy I was able to end your search. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you have a wonderful Holiday Season! Norine

Liz Nelson

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

We’ve had this at every Thanksgiving and Christmas in my family for as long as I’ve known. Absolutely love it. Thank you for posting as the recipe has been lost recently.

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Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Hi Liz! Isn't this just the BEST jello salad! I can't wait to have it for Christmas dinner. I'm so glad you found this copy of the recipe. Have a wonderful Holiday and thanks so much for stopping by! Merry Christmas! ~Norine

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