Raspberry Rhubarb Salad – The First Place Best Winner in the Glistening and Jiggly Contest

Posted on Aug 8 2012 - 6:28am by RetroRuth

This is it!!! Tom and I tasted a TON of recipes, and finally, FINALLY, we are able to bring you the absolute best gelatin recipe that we tested.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Raspberry Rhubarb Salad!!!


This recipe was sent to us by Pat, who is officially Tom’s new hero. Pat writes:

My 80-year old mother-in-law passed this on to me—it is an old Mennonite family recipe that she grew up with, and has served at family dinners for many years. I always look forward to making this salad during rhubarb season, even freezing packs of rhubarb to last through the winter!

Raspberry Rhubarb Salad

4 cups rhubarb, cut in chunks

3/4 cup sugar

1 cup water

3-oz. package raspberry jello (NOT SUGAR-FREE!)

Cook rhubarb, sugar, and water together over low heat until rhubarb is tender, falling apart.

Take off heat and stir in raspberry jello until dissolved.

Put in a pretty bowl, chill ’til set, and serve!

(Optional: Can substitute strawberry jello, but we prefer the raspberry!)


Needless to say, we were totally all over this salad as soon as Pat’s email hit my inbox. We have two enormous rhubarb plants, or pie plants as they are called in some older cookbooks, and we are always looking for good recipes for rhubarb.


Here is the stewed rhubarb with gelatin added getting ready for it’s trip to the fridge.  I must say, this one does take a long time to gel since there is no additional cold liquid added to the gelatin before sticking it in the fridge. I have never properly appreciated the difference that adding cold liquid makes until it is 9:30 at night and Tom is still waiting for dessert to gel.

“Is it set yet?”

“Nope, still too jiggly.”

“When did you make this salad?”

“This afternoon. I think it is going to take all night, so why don’t you quit opening the fridge.”

“But it’s rhubarb! I want it!”


We did end up having to wait until the next day. Tom even came home from work for lunch to eat it.

“Is it ready now?”

“Yes. Stop asking.”

“Finally!! This had better be worth it!”


It was totally worth it. This is his stunned face.

The Verdict: Totally delicious!!

This was very good. Sweet and tart and very yummy. It turns out that the finished gelatin tasted exactly like the filling of Tom’s favorite pie, Rhubarb Meringue, especially when you add a little whip cream to it. Bonus! Thanks for the great recipe, Pat!  I know we are going to make this one again and again.

4.0 from 2 reviews
Raspberry Rhubarb Salad
Recipe type: Gelatin Salad
  • 4 cups rhubarb, cut in chunks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3-oz. package raspberry Jell-O (NOT SUGAR-FREE!)
  1. Cook rhubarb, sugar, and water together over low heat until rhubarb is tender, falling apart.
  2. Take off heat and stir in raspberry Jell-O until dissolved.
  3. Put in a pretty bowl, chill 'til set, and serve!
Can substitute strawberry Jell-O, but we prefer the raspberry!)


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6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Yinzerella August 8, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    I did not know that Rhubarb Meringue existed. Recipe, please?

  2. Sara In AZ August 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Wow! This one does look good!!! YAY!!! for first place “best” winners! 🙂

  3. Pat in PA August 14, 2012 at 7:27 am - Reply

    WoW!!! I was out of town since you posted this (and without internet service) and came back to discover my recipe had won!!!!!!! I’m thrilled that you and Tom enjoyed it! One difference from when I make it–we like it not so chunky–I tend to cook the rhubarb down a little more, but it will work either way. AND…the best part is…you served it on my favorite plate pattern…Salem’s North Star!! 🙂
    Thanks for the opportunity to share this great recipe–my mother-in-law will love it when I tell her!

  4. John A May 18, 2013 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    We found that it came out much too sweet for our family’s taste. However when served on top of angle food cake it was perfect. Next time I will make it without the sugar.

  5. George C August 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Incredible flavor! So easy to make and a hit with anyone who tasted it. Served it in short cake cups with whipping cream.

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