Layered Ribbon Jell-O Salad

Prep Time 5 min. for each color
Cook Time about 3 min. for each color (plus cooling)
Total Time
Yields About 24-36 pieces


  • 6 3-oz. boxes of Jell-O gelatin (any flavor)
  • 6 3/4 cups water, divided
  • 3 cups nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt


  1. Decide on your color pattern (the order for the colors of Jell-O you've selected), and begin by working with the color that will go on the bottom.
  2. Boil 1 cup of water in the microwave.
  3. Add 1 packet of Jell-O to the boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour ½ cup of this liquid into a 9x13 pan to create a "clear" layer, tilting pan for even coverage if necessary (see note).
  5. Refrigerate until set (see note).
  6. While the first layer sets, add ½ cup Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons cold water to the remaining liquid Jell-O for the "cloudy" layer.
  7. Pour the liquid for your "cloudy" layer on top of the completely set clear layer.
  8. Refrigerate again until set.
  9. Repeat this process with each color of Jell-O to create alternating "clear" and "cloudy" layers in each color you've chosen.
  10. Refrigerate until serving.


Recipe Notes

Achieving even layers: To ensure that each new layer of gelatin liquid spreads evenly across the entire pan, you may need to tilt the pan slightly.

Chilling time: The layers of Jell-O will set up rather quickly because they're so thin. At first, the layers may be set in as little as 10-15 minutes.

To make thicker layers as I did for the Fourth of July Jell-O Salad:
For each clear layer, use 1 entire box of Jell-O with 1 cup boiling water. Similarly, for each cloudy layer, use 1 entire box of Jell-O with 1 cup boiling water, plus 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt and 2 tablespoons cold water. You can choose any colors you'd like, depending on the holiday or your party's theme colors.

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