This blueberry Jell-O salad recipe is a fun variation from the original Jell-O salad. It’s the perfect side for picnics, parties, and barbecues.
This Blueberry Jell-O Salad recipe is a fun variation from original, plain Jell-O salad. My kids beg for this! This salad is the perfect side dish or dessert to take to picnics, parties, and barbecues. We use pineapple because it gives the jello layer more texture. But if you don’t like the thicker texture, just omit the pineapple and it is still delicious!
Some have argued that this is more of a dessert than a salad. I’m not exactly sure why these types of dishes are called “salads”. In all honesty I think it is more of a side dish or like many of you, closer to a dessert than a salad, but historically it called a Jello salad so we are just going with it. No matter what you call it, it is a great picnic addition!
You can also substitute other fruits like bananas, strawberries, and raspberries. I love the fresh sweet taste of the blueberries topped with the thick fluffy cheesecake like top layer of this salad. If you don’t want a top layer or you have someone in the family with lactose intolerance, you can just serve it plain without the topping and it will still be great.
We have had people ask us if they can use different flavors of Jello besides blackberry. You can absolutely use other kinds. You can use blueberry, raspberry, lemon, whatever flavor you like or have on hand will still taste great, you just might not get the color you are looking for. We like using the blackberry because it gives the Jello a nice, appetizing true blueberry color. If that doesn’t matter to you or if you prefer a different flavor, you can absolutely switch it out.
We have also asked questions about using fresh berries instead of canned pie filling. You can use fresh, you just won’t have as full of a flavor. You can also use other kinds of pie fillings, but by that point you may not have “blueberry” Jello salad anymore.
This is the perfect make-ahead recipe. You can easily make this a day ahead of your picnic or party. Just cover and refrigerate.
- 2 c. boiling water
- 2 boxes 3 oz. blackberry Jell-O
- 1 can 16 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 can blueberry pie filling
- 1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 Tbls. sugar
- 1 16 oz. Cool Whip, softened
- In a large bowl combine Jell-O and boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Mix in pineapple and pie filling. Pour into 9x13 inch pan and refrigerate about 2 hours until firm.
- Topping: Mix cream cheese and sugar together well. Stir in Cool Whip. Spread over set Jell-O. Refrigerate at least half an hour before serving.
- This recipe is also yummy using cherry Jell-O and cherry pie filling!