Pride Jello Salad

This rainbow Pride jello salad is a sweet, retro dessert that is beautiful to look at and surprisingly easy to make.  Fruity jello is layered with a creamy, white layer for a fun, rainbow treat that is perfect for children’s birthday parties, summer barbecues, and anytime during the month of June.  

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Glass pan of Pride jello salad- fruit jello layers with a creamy layer in between.

A layered jello salad always looks as though it took a lot of skill and is difficult to make.  I promise you that it isn’t.  If you can boil water and stir gelatin into the water, you can make this dessert.  The most difficult part of this recipe is having the patience to allow each layer to set.  It’s as simple as that.


According to the ‘Gay Pride’ Wiki page, Gay Pride is the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people as a social group.

The month of June has become Gay Pride Month in remembrance of the demonstrations of the gay population to police violence at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York.

Why not make a Pride Jello Salad to munch while talking with your family about Pride and what it means?  

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Remember learning in grade school that the colors of the rainbow were painted by Roy G. Biv?  The letters of this imaginary artist are the order of the colors of the rainbow:  Red-Orange-Yellow-Green-Blue-Indigo-Violet.  I adored this story and to this day (too many decades to admit) later, I still remember the colors of the rainbow – Roy G. Biv.

For this recipe you will need:

  • 6 small boxes of Jello – one for each color of the rainbow.  I used cherry, orange, lemon, lime, grape, and blue raspberry.
  • Food coloring to make the colors even more vibrant.  This is optional but does make a visually appealing dessert.
  • 2 boxes of unflavored gelatin.  I used Knox Gelatin.
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Almond extract
  • Water


Give yourself a day to make this recipe.  You want ample time to allow each layer to set before pouring the next layer of jello so that you have clearly defined colorful layers.

First, you mix up the first layer and chill it.

Then mix up the first batch of the white layer…and chill it.

Repeat with the remaining colors and alternating white layers.

Chill completely and cut into squares.

It really is that easy!

Glass pan of Pride jello salad- fruit jello layers with a creamy layer in between.

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Glass pan of Pride jello salad- fruit jello layers with a creamy layer in between.


  • Author: Millie Brinkley
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 32 pieces 1x


This Pride Jello Salad is a beautiful, cool, creamy, retro dessert that is perfect to celebrate Pride month, children’s parties, or a summer barbecue.



6 (3-ounce) packages of Jello (I used Cherry, Orange, lemon, Lime, Grape, and Blue Raspberry)

Gel food coloring (optional, but you may need red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple)

5 packages of unflavored gelatin 

1 ½ (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon almond extract, divided

8 ½ cups water


Begin making the layers of gelatin.

The bottom layer is purple.  Dissolve the grape jello with 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin, and a drop of purple food coloring into 1 cup of boiling water.  Stir well until completely dissolved.

Pour into a 9×13-inch pan.

Place in the refrigerator so that it is completely flat and chill for at least 30 minutes or until completely set.

Meanwhile, make the white layer.  In a measuring cup, stir 2 teaspoons of unflavored gelatin into 1 cup of boiling water until completely dissolved.  

Stir in ½ can of sweetened condensed milk and about ⅛ teaspoon of almond extract. Stir until well combined.

Set aside to cool until the purple layer is completely set.

When the purple layer is set, pour ¾ cup of the white mixture over the purple layer. Return to the refrigerator until set – another 20 minutes

While this layer sets, make the blue raspberry layer. Dissolve the blue raspberry jello with 1 teaspoon of unflavored gelatin into 1 cup of boiling water.  Set aside to cool while the white layer sets, then pour the colored jello over the white layer.

Continue to make the layers, following the previous steps with a white layer in between.  

You will need to mix up the white gelatin a couple of times. If the white gelatin gets too stiff, sit the bowl into another bowl of hot water to keep it liquid.

Return the pan to the refrigerator after each layer.

After the jello is completely set, use a smooth knife to cut 1-inch squares.  Use a small spatula to remove the squares from the pan and serve in a pretty bowl with whipped cream as a dipping garnish, if desired.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Chilling time: 4 hours
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Chill
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Pride jello salad, jello salad, rainbow jello, gelatin desserts, retro desserts, vintage recipes, jello

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