Blueberry Jello Salad

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This blueberry Jello salad recipe is a fun variation from the original Jello salad. It’s the perfect side for picnics, parties, and barbecues.

Blueberry Jello Salad topped with fresh blueberries in a glass baking dish.
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  1. Ingredients in Blueberry Jello Salad
  2. How to Make Easy Blueberry Jello Salad
  3. Substitutes or Additions to this Jello Salad
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This blueberry Jello salad recipe, or blueberry gelatin salad is the perfect recipe to branch out from the traditional, plain Jello salad. The rich, fresh flavors make it the perfect side dish or dessert to take to picnics, parties, barbecues, or holiday meals like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter dinner. We use pineapple because it gives the jello layer a more fruity 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 is called a Jello salad so we are just going with it. No matter what you call it, it is a great picnic addition!

Ingredients in Blueberry Jello Salad

This classic blueberry Jell-O salad recipe is always a fun side dish or dessert when inviting over friends and family. It is the perfect combination and flavor. These ingredients are pantry staples and easy to store and make this jello salad when needed.

  • Blackberry Jello – If you can’t find blackberry jello, you can also use black cherry jello or grape jello. Both of these flavors of Jello are similar to the flavor of blueberries. We like using blackberry because it gives the Jello a nice, deep, true blueberry color.
  • Crushed Pineapple – This is a fun ingredient! It adds texture and flavor to the mixture. Drain the pineapple juice before combining. Rather than mixing cold water, you will use this crushed pineapple in the jello salad recipe.
  • Blueberry Pie Filling – You should be able to find a can of blueberry pie filling in the baking aisle.
  • Cream Cheese – For the smoothest cream cheese topping, let the cream cheese sit out on the counter to soften before using.
  • Sugar – Added in for sweetness! This easy jello salad tastes sweet and delicious!
  • Cool Whip – This is part of the topping. It is smooth and creamy over top of the Jello. Fold and stir the cool whip or whipped topping to spread evenly over top the flavored Jello.
  • Fresh Blueberries – Garnish with fresh blueberries. You can also sprinkle the salad with crushed nuts like walnuts or pecans.
Blueberry Jello Salad topped with fresh blueberries in a glass baking dish


How to Make Easy Blueberry Jello Salad

This is an easy blueberry jello salad dish that kids to adults love! It is layered with a beautiful blue color with a creamy layer of whipped topping, and fresh blueberries sprinkled on top. This blueberry Jello salad combination!

  1. Combine – In a large mixing bowl whisk together the Jello mix and boiling water. Stir the Jello mixture until dissolved. Mix in pineapple and pie filling. Pour into a 9×13-inch pan and refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm.
  2. Topping – Mix cream cheese and sugar together well. Stir and fold in Cool Whip.
  3. Spread topping over set Jello – Refrigerate and chill at least half an hour before serving. Top with fresh blueberries if desired.

Substitutes or Additions to this Jello Salad

The beauty of Jello salad is you can change up the ingredients any way you like! I love the fresh sweet taste of the blueberries topped with the thick, fluffy cheesecake-like top layer of this salad. The options and variations are endless!

Fruits – You can substitute the blueberries with other fruits like bananas, mandarin oranges, strawberries, or raspberries.

Toppings – 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.

Jello flavors – Try different flavors of Jello besides blackberry. Try blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon, or whatever you like or have on hand. Any flavor will taste great, but you might not get the color you are looking for. Then you will be making strawberry jello salad, lime jello salad, or orange jello salad for different salad recipes.

Fresh ingredients – We have also been asked about using fresh blueberries 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.

Blueberry Jello Salad topped with fresh blueberries in a glass baking dish

“Awesome! Jello and blueberries 🫐 topped with a thick, rich, tasty fluffy creamy sweet treat. Our family’s 👪favorites.”

-Elizabeth

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is Jello Salad good for in the fridge?

I would try to eat any leftovers within a couple of days. The whipped topping will start to liquify over time.

Can you put jello in the freezer to make it set faster?

You can put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes to speed along the setting process but don’t leave it in for too long or it will freeze. If your jello freezes, it will be ruined.

Can I use something instead of blueberries?

If you prefer another berry instead of blueberries, this salad can be made with raspberries or strawberries. Use a raspberry or strawberry flavored gelatin instead of blackberry, and then fresh raspberries or strawberries on top.

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More Recipes with Jello

This is the perfect make-ahead recipe. You can easily make this a day ahead of your picnic or party. Just cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. If you’re heading to a party, you will be a big hit with this yummy salad. Here are a few other jello recipes you can try the next time you’re planning to attend a potluck.

How to Make Blueberry Jello Salad

Blueberry Jello Salad topped with fresh blueberries in a glass baking dish

Blueberry Jello Salad

5 from 30 votes
This Blueberry Jello Salad recipe is a fun variation from the original Jello salad. It's the perfect side for picnics, parties, and barbecues.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigeration 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 12

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Equipment

  • 9×13 inch pan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water boiling
  • 6 ounces blackberry Jello
  • 16 ounces crushed pineapple drained
  • 1 can blueberry pie filling

Topping

Instructions

  • In a large bowl combine Jello and boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Mix in pineapple and pie filling. Pour into a 9×13-inch pan and refrigerate for about 2 hours until firm.
    Blueberry Jello mixed with blueberry pie filling and crushed pineapple in a glass baking dish
  • Topping: Mix cream cheese and sugar together well. Stir in Cool Whip.
    Cream cheese cool whip topping in a metal mixing bowl
  • Spread topping over set Jello. Refrigerate at least half an hour before serving. Top with fresh blueberries if desired.
    Blueberry Jello Salad topped with fresh blueberries in a glass baking dish

Notes

  • You can substitute the blueberries with other fruits like bananas, strawberries or raspberries.
  • 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. Of course! Try blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, lemon or whatever you like or have on hand. Any flavor will taste great, but you might not get the color you’re looking for. We like using blackberry because it gives the Jello a nice, deep, true blueberry color.
  • We have also been asked about using fresh blueberries 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.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 155mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 2gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 3.5mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Used to make this but lost the recipe. Made it today for Memorial Day get together. Can’t wait until tomorrow to dig in! I used a box of black cherry & berry blue jellos to create mine. I only had the 3 oz size of each so I combined them! Pretty color! It’s going to be wonderful!

  2. We’ve been making a variation of this for generations.
    The story is great grandma ran an apartment building in DC in the 60’s which was a hippy commune. They loved their sweets!!!

    1. I have the same recipe but I don’t drain the pineapple. Because it’s a large box of jello, you would normally use 2cups hot water 2 cups cold if you were making jello, but you are only using 2cups in this recipe so your recipe is the only one where I’ve seen it say drained. It’s sets up just fine without draining the crushed pineapple. And this is fantastic made with raspberry jello Fyi

  3. 5 stars
    Awesome! Jello and blueberries 🫐 topped with a thick, rich, tasty fluffy creamy sweet treat. Our family’s 👪favorites.

  4. I found blackberry flavor in Royal Gelatin, but the box is 1.41 oz Is there a difference in measurement size between Royal Gelatin and Jello? Royal comes in 1.41 oz box vs Jello in 3oz box. You used two boxes of Jello, would I use 4.25 boxes of Royal to get to the six oz, or use two boxes of Royal?

  5. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe and was amazed at the wonderful flavor. Thinking this is more along the lines of a dessert, I first layered the pan with a graham cracker crust, the proceeded with the recipe. Instant hit. Thank you.

  6. The recipe calls for 6oz of blackberry jello but the video shows using 2 6oz packets of jello. Should I use 1 or 2 6oz packages? I made this years ago and loved it but can’t remember. Thanks!

  7. 5 stars
    OH my goodness, why haven’t I ever heard of anything like this?! This looks absolutely delicious.. once again, another wonderful recipe!

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