Lemon Ice Cream Jello Salad with Homemade Jello

I am from the Midwest, and in the Midwest and South, jello salads are part of every gathering, holiday, and celebration. This happens to be a twist on a family favorite of my sweet Grandma June's recipe. Here is some sweet southern comfort, that is not too sweet and perfect for Easter or any spring gathering! I wanted to "clean" the recipe up a little bit so I made my own jello (sans preservatives and sweeteners) and didn't feel the need to add sweeteners since there is already a cup of icecream going in the mixture. Enjoy!

My sweet Grams :)


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Great Lakes Gelatin, or gelatin of your choice
  • 4 lemons
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup luke warm water
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 can cushed pineapple
  • 1 container cool whip
  • *optional - walnuts or pecans for topping* not pictured


Step 1: Heat water in a kettel or on the stove, measure out 1/4 cup and gelatin and combine in a small glass or bowl. Stirring until well incorporated. Then add 1/4 cup look warm water and mix well.

Step 2: Juice 4 lemons and discard seeds. Combine gelatin water with lemon juice. 

Step 3: Measure and stir in ice cream.

Step 4: Open can of pineapple and our in bowl. Then pour gelatin, ice cream mixture over pineapple. Stir to incorporate pineapple and set aside in the fridge to chill until set. 

Step 5: When ready to serve, stir/fluff jello mixture and top with 1 container of cool whip. *Optional* sprinkle the top with chopped nuts (I used pecans)

Serve along with these Easter Bunny Petit Fours.

See this amazing dish featured in the The Perfect Easter Bash for Kids

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*Nutritonal info for the bowl: Calories 840, Fat 25.6, Carbs 127.2, Protien 16. Depending on how large or small your portions are it can be a reasonably low calorie treat.  If serving in the dessert cups you can get 8 servings from this recipe and that makes it only 105 calories!