Gluten- and Grain-Free Cherry-Cola Salad

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When the Hubster and I got married, this is one of the first dishes I had at his parent’s house. It quickly became one of my FAVORITES!! I have always loved cherries, pineapples and Jell-O. So when I realized this dessert combined those (and more) I was beyond thrilled!!!! I love to make this as a quick and easy dessert for family gatherings or church pot-lucks. The only down-side is that it’s a little on the pricey side for the cherries. But…I guess that’s a good thing. Otherwise I would have this stocked in my fridge all (and I mean ALL) the time!!

I made it again recently for our Bible Study group and it was nearly gone in a matter of minutes! So, I decided it was definitely worth sharing with you all!! And I use the term “salad” rather loosely. This really could work as a side dish salad or a dessert. Oh…who am I kidding…it’s great with anything!

You will need:


Pour jello powder into a 9×13 pan

powder in pan

Drain the cherry juice first, then add water to make it 3 cups. If you don’t have one of these handy-dandy can strainers – you totally should! Makes it so easy!!

drain juice

Pour cherries, water/cherry juice and sugar into a pan



Bring cherries, water/juice and sugar to a boil.

boiled cherries

Pour over jello powder

pour over powder


Stir until dissolved

stir until dissolved

Chill until partially set. You want it to jiggle a little, but not be solid like Jigglers would be. Notice how it’s setting up around the edges? You want it to barely be setting up like that – not too much. This was almost a little too set. I would let it set between 30-40 minutes before the next step.

partially set1

Once it’s to the right consistency, stir in pinapple, Coke/Pepsi and chopped pecans until completely incorporated. And yes…I know there are three hands in this picture. I’m not an alien, I asked the Hubster to hold a couple things so I could take one picture and get it all in there. LOL It does look kinda weird though, right?!

add remaining

It will look something like this. All the new ingredients will kinda be floating on the top. Don’t worry…they will settle.

added ingredients

Wait 20 minutes and stir again. See how the solids are moving down a little?

first stir

Stir a second time after 20 minutes. They’ve moved down even more.

second stir

After 20 more minutes, stir a third and final time. This should incorporate all the ingredients so they are no longer floating on top.

third stir


Now doesn’t that look DE-LISH?!?!?!?!?!  Mmmm….

final in pan

This is a great side dish for just about any occasion! It’s a great summer ‘salad’ for those cookouts too!!




Again, I couldn’t get my recipe thingy to work on here, so here is a handy-dandy pdf I created for you. I hope you enjoy this recipe!! Please let me know if you try it and what you think or if you change anything around!!!


Happy Thursday!


Sharing with these great parties: The Chicken-Chick, Couponing & Cooking, An Original Belle, Ask Anna, The Prairie Homestead, Chef In Training, Growing Home, Women Living Well, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots At Home, Raising Mighty Arrows, Hearts for Home Blog Hop, What’s Cooking, Love?, Our Simple Country Life – Hearts 4 Home Thursdays, Passionate and Creative Homemaking, House of Hepworths, Comfy in the Kitchen, Where He Leads We Follow

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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