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Layered Rainbow Jello (Vintage Recipe)

Sara Garska
Layers of vibrant colors and flavors make this this vintage rainbow Jello ribbon salad recipe a total crowd pleaser!
Prep Time 1 hr
Total Time 8 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 236 kcal


  • 9 X 13 Clear Pyrex dish
  • 2 heat-safe 2-cup measuring cups
  • whisk


  • 6 boxes Jello (small boxes) Assorted flavors: cherry, lemon, raspberry, lime, orange, strawberry
  • 2 cups sour cream Regular
  • water


Before You Start

  • You will be making two layers from each box of jello. Once you do the first one, you’ll have the technique down.
  • Use a clear Pyrex dish. The 9X14 size works great for six colors. If your dish is a little smaller, use 5 colors like I did this time.
  • I use a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup to boil my water and a second one for pouring off part of the jello.

Making the Layers

  • Put one cup of water in your Pyrex measuring cup and boil the water in your microwave. I used the two-minute setting for this.
  • Carefully remove the measuring cup from the microwave and add one package of gelatin. Stir until it is completely dissolved.
  • Then measure out ¾ cup of the jello into a second container. To this container, add 1/3 cup of sour cream and whisk until it is smooth.
  • To the remaining jello, add 2 TB of cold water and mix.
    green jello liquid in measuring cups
  • Pour this into a 9X13 clear baking dish and refrigerate until set.
    green jello in the bottom of a glass dessert dish
  • After 30 minutes, pull your dish out of the refrigerator and pour the sour cream mixture over the first layer.
    pouring a layer of creamy jello on top of a layer of green jello
  • Place the dish back into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to set.
  • Wash your measuring cups and prepare the next layer of jello the same way you made the first layer -- one cup of solid color jello and one mixed with sour cream.
  • Pour the clear jello mix over the top of the set layers. Then half an our later, add the sour cream mixture.
  • Keep repeating this process until you have all the layers done.
  • Cover with foil and refrigerate.


Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 229mgPotassium: 57mgSugar: 38gVitamin A: 239IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 43mgIron: 1mg
Keyword desserts, fruit, jello
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