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7 Up Salad (As Seen on Ellen)

by Katie Reed

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7 Up Salad is a recipe that has been in my family for years. It’s a delicious addition to any holiday meal, and I’ve been eating it since I was a little kid.

7up salad

It never occurred to me that 7 Up Salad was at all strange until a couple of years ago when it ended up on The Ellen Show being roasted by Kalen Reacts in his first appearance that got him his big break.

7 Up Salad is actually really delicious, and while it can look a little weird, it tastes kind of like a cross between key lime pie and a citrus cheesecake. I urge you to give it a try before you judge it because it’s well worth it if you can get past the idea of it containing *gulp* mayonnaise.

7 up salad on a plate

Every family has their traditions. Especially when it comes to food. We pass our recipes down from generation to generation, each potentially tweaking it to add their own flair. Sometimes we find that our dishes are well-known across the world, with every family we know eating the same thing made different ways. Other times we realize that when we mention our favorite dish, no one knows what the heck we’re talking about!

Such is the case of 7 Up Salad. This has been a staple at holiday meals in my family for as long as I’ve been alive. My mom got the recipe from my dad’s mom, and she gave the recipe to me. It’s stunningly simple to make, and I can’t imagine a holiday meal without it. And while I’ve always felt free to add to or change recipes in my life, I’ve never felt the need to change this one. It’s just perfect.

To begin, heat up the 7-Up in a pot on the stove and dump in the mini marshmallows.

Adding mini marshmallows to boiling 7-Up

Stir them in until they dissolve.

Dissolve mini marshmallows into 7-Up

Once the marshmallows are totally incorporated into the hot soda, add the entire packet of lime jello. Beware – this kind of looks like toxic green sludge! My son said it looked like the goo that formed the Ninja Turtles (great imagination!).

Add lime jello to dissolved marshmallows and 7-Up

Remove the pot from the heat and add in the cream cheese, stirring and then whisking until it is a nice smooth consistency. The cream cheese will tone down the green a little bit, and the whole concoction will bulk up a little.

Add cream cheese to the jello concoction
Cream cheese totally dissolved

Now that the main part of your “salad” is done, we can grab our cherries and cut them up. It’s up to you how you do it. You can leave them whole or cut them in half (as I do). You can even chop them smaller if you’d like. I like nice bite sized morsels that show in the salad. I want anyone who sees it and eats it to know what it is.

Chop maraschino cherries in half

Then we add the cherries and the pineapple to the jello mixture. Truthfully I’ve no idea how much pineapple I actually add. I eyeball it, and it generally works fine. I reckon it’s about a cup.

I personally think it’s important to use crushed pineapple, as it almost dissolves in the dish and it flavors it without being overly obvious. You can use chunks if you’d rather, but there’s the danger of it being too chewy. You also lose some of the juiciness of crushed pineapple. But hey, it’s all about taste!

Adding pineapple and cherries to jello

The last part is a little bit odd, but it works. And you have to trust me on this. This is where I usually lose people, as they just can’t get their heads around it.

And honestly, I get it. I grew up with this, and so I never really thought it was weird until it went viral. But please please give it a chance.

Mix the half cup of mayonnaise into the tub of Cool Whip.

I KNOW!

Then add the whole thing to your jello mix.

I’m not entirely sure why the mayo is in there, but I think it’s to cut down on the sweetness a little bit. People have offered up that it sort of takes the place of eggs to emulsify the whole thing, and that sounds totally plausible.

Regardless of the reason, I’ve never tried this without it, and I’m not about to start. I promise you can not even remotely taste the mayonnaise.

Add mayonnaise and cool whip

Once everything is finally combined, dump the whole thing into your favorite jello mold.

Growing up, my mom would either put it into a Frosty the Snowman mold or (my personal favorite) a wreath mold.

Given the green color and the pretty cherries that show through, the wreath is beautiful.

But hey, you do what you gotta do, and presentation isn’t everything.

Cover in plastic wrap and let sit in the fridge for a few hours
I use a bowl if I can’t find my mold. It all tastes the same.

Once you’ve poured it out, cover in plastic wrap (or if your mold has a lid, use that) and let set in the fridge for three hours or overnight. Then it’s time to dig in!

You can either serve straight from the mold (or bowl, in this case) or turn it out onto a serving plate.  It’ll taste great either way.

Try it at your next holiday meal and let me know how it goes! I’ve never met another person who makes it, but everyone I’ve shared it with has loved it.

7up salad
7 Up Salad

7 Up Salad

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

This is a delicious dessert perfect for holidays or potlucks. Just don't mention the secret ingredient!

Ingredients

  • 7 oz 7-Up Soda
  • 8 oz mini marshmallows
  • 1 small box of lime jello
  • 6 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries (chopped or halved)
  • 1 C crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1/2 C mayonnaise
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip (thawed)

Instructions

  1. To begin, heat up the 7-Up in a pot on the stove and dump in the mini marshmallows. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the packet of lime jello and stir to combine.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and add in the cream cheese, stirring and then whisking until it is a nice smooth consistency.
  4. Add your chopped up cherries and pineapple.
  5. Mix the half cup of mayonnaise into the tub of Cool Whip. Then add the whole mixture to your jello.
  6. Pour the entire concoction into your favorite mold or just use a bowl.
  7. Set in the fridge for at least three hours, or preferably overnight.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 303 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 193mg Carbohydrates: 35g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 27g Protein: 2g
This nutrition information is automatically calculated and may not be entirely accurate. Please do your own research if you are overly concerned about specific macros.

Wow! I can’t believe this recipe has gone so viral! It’s been on the site for three years or more, and I recently updated with a video. The response was OVERWHELMING!

To answer a few questions:

NO, I don’t feed this to my kids all the time. It’s a holiday dish that gets served maybe twice a year, and they only eat a small portion.

YES, it tastes delicious – though if you aren’t a fan of lemon, lime, pineapple or cherries, you’re probably not going to like it.

YES, it is technically a dessert, as it’s sweet. But in our family, all meals are served buffet style, so it often got dished up alongside the actual meal. But if it fazes you that much, just keep it until the end.

NO, I have NO idea why mayo is in the recipe. I’ve seen it made since I was a kid, and it NEVER occurred to me that mayo was a weird ingredient until everyone else freaked out about it. Haha.

Anyway, the recipe has been shared everywhere, and it even appeared on The Ellen Show, being roasted by a comedian. And I honestly have loved all the exposure and hate. I have a great sense of humor (I like to think), and this has been quite a ride.

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73 comments

Amy January 13, 2017 - 1:04 am

This version of 7-up salad is a little different than any I’ve had before, and I’ve had a few (and have liked them all). It looks really good. I can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing on The Creative Exchange Link Up Party.

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Fix Your Skin March 11, 2017 - 1:10 am

Hey! It’s so yummmm! love making 🙂 Great idea 🙂

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Linda Buracker November 27, 2017 - 10:44 pm

Do you Drain the PineappleJuice

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Adam November 28, 2017 - 9:06 pm

No. Just no.

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Tristan November 29, 2017 - 9:52 am

This is a crime against taste, decency, and humanity.

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Abba Dab November 29, 2017 - 1:48 pm

I’m literally throwing up in my mouth a bit from watching that.

1) Not a salad.
2) Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
3) Looks like one of those “diet” foods from the 1960s Weight Watchers recipe cards when everything was Jell-O.
4) More barf.

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Jeanie June March 31, 2018 - 10:52 am

Actually, yes, it is a salad. Salad isn’t limited to lettuce and dressing. (e.g. potato salad, macaroni salad, etc.) and a popular style of salad in the 50s and 60s were ones that used gelatin.
Merriam Webster definition of salad:
“1 : any of various usually cold dishes: such as
a : raw greens (such as lettuce) often combined with other vegetables and toppings and served especially with dressing
b : small pieces of food (such as pasta, meat, fruit, or vegetables) usually mixed with a dressing (such as mayonnaise) or set in gelatin”

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Miss.Samantha Villagomez April 26, 2018 - 6:31 am

To “ME” your no fun! try being “PLAYFUL”! lighten up your just so young and “PRETTY” to stiffnecked about culniairy delights do your home work jello wasn’t always sweet. At first overseas in the Royal courts of England this was served at “TEATIME” it was used to make the food last they diddn’t have elecrticty muchless fredig

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Lori December 12, 2018 - 4:35 pm

Why do you have to be such an ass? I’ll use your very own statement in response to your comment, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. That’s the thing about the internet, it has created armchair *fill in the blank*, in this case “food critics” who can hide behind the computer to be as rude as possible. Don’t like it? Not your cup of tea? Fine, then hit the back button.

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Abba Dab November 29, 2017 - 1:50 pm

The mayo is there as an emulsifier to hold this whole gloppy crime against decency together. They probably used to throw in raw eggs to emulsify, until they realized that salmonella was a thing. Now you just get ill looking at the concoction, so they switched to mayo.

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S Freutel November 29, 2017 - 8:15 pm

This offends.

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Lucy November 30, 2017 - 7:28 am

Oh my goodness. Is this a joke?

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Rush December 1, 2017 - 3:07 am

white people must be stopped.

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Mar December 1, 2018 - 4:08 am

Don’t generalize please… I am white and I don’t eat this shit.

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:14 pm

Hahaha! You’re funny!

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What the December 3, 2017 - 3:30 am

No. Just “no”.

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Stella December 3, 2017 - 6:13 pm

Do I drain the pineapple juice? Also, what size tub on the cool whip?

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Joy December 3, 2017 - 10:57 pm

Did you know that you can not use fresh pineapple in Jell-o, it will not set, has to be canned.

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JC December 16, 2017 - 11:25 am

No, it just needs to be cooked

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Tiffany December 3, 2017 - 11:27 pm

When you say you can’t imagine a meal without it, do you actually mean what those words mean? You eat this every day?

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Vincent December 4, 2017 - 2:48 am

Pure poison and criminal to feed this to your children. What a travesty !

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Elizabeth Johnson December 4, 2017 - 5:03 am

I’ve never had nor heard of this but I am definitely trying it. Can I omit the pineapple? While I love pineapple there are family members who don’t. I like to find and try old recipes. Guessing by some of the previous comments, some people have no sense of adventure in the world of food, their loss. Thank you for sharing this.

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Dolores December 4, 2017 - 8:02 pm

Has anyone added cotage cheese to this instead of cream cheese. I remember a salad lkie this with cottage chese.

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Tiffany Creighton December 17, 2017 - 10:04 am

My mom makes this salad that starts out with lemon Jello-2 pkgs (small) or 1 lg pkg. Use 2/3 of the boiling water called for, after dissolving in water, refrigerate until soft set stage (gloopy). Add in 1 can crushed pineapple, drained, 1 container (16 ounce) cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mayo, and 1/3-1/2 bag mini marshmallows. Refrigerate until set.
I know that this sounds odd-but it’s good.

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Nancy January 17, 2018 - 10:44 am

Jello “salad” seems to be a Southern idea or a 50s idea. I bet this is delicious. Honestly I know this is not a social commentary site but I can’t imagine writing “it must be a black thing ugh”. Rude.

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:21 pm

They were kidding. I’m sure they were. So I thought it was funny. And didn’t they post “white people need to be stopped”? It really was a joke.

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Mandy August 1, 2018 - 11:18 am

Container of cool whip, pineapple (or not) package of jello and cottage cheese. My kids love it. You can do a healthy version too!

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Shane December 5, 2017 - 8:16 pm

I tried it, and I gotta say it was way better than I expected! Will definitely be a regular addition to gatherings!

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Joan December 7, 2017 - 6:17 am

I hate when there’s not print button. I’ll pass because I don’t care to write it down

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John December 8, 2017 - 11:08 am

1.) That’s not salad.
2.) This kind of thing is why Americans are obese and diabetic.

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Vincent December 9, 2017 - 3:04 am

hear hear, the reason it went viral is because it’s so obnoxious.

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Lori December 12, 2018 - 4:43 pm

Every hear of a Jell-o Salad, dessert salad or side salad? Salads are not just veggies and this is more of a Dessert. Your anti-American sentiment says a lot about you as well.

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Kathy December 10, 2017 - 1:12 pm

I really feel sorry for the folks that have left nasty comments. Although it’s not what you would eat, it’s not for you to judge others on what they like.

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Su Gardner December 20, 2017 - 10:47 am

Kathy, I agree! I can’t believe people can be so rude and cruel over a recipe! I always read the comments for recipes to see how many people liked what they made, to help me decide if I would like to try it. I have NEVER seen responses such as these! I am sorry “A Mother Thing”, that you had/have to deal with that. And… I WILL be trying this recipe!!!

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:32 pm

I’m with you! I love recipes and love hearing everyone’s responses on how their’s turned out! When “A Mother Thing” said at the beginning how people were “weird” (my word) about it, I thought she was overreacting! Boy was I wrong!
I LOVE new ideas AND especially handed down family recipes. I will be trying this one so thank you “A Mother Thing” for sharing such a “controversial” recipe, haha! !

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HLS December 12, 2017 - 7:31 am

No hate here. I think it’s really awesome you have such family traditions that have been passed down. I sadly do not have that sort of beautiful family closeness. Anyways, I might have to give this recipe a shot, just to give it a go. It’s not something I would typically make, but I do like adventures in cooking.

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:35 pm
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Sarah December 13, 2017 - 1:08 pm

It’s gone viral because people are MAKING FUN OF IT all over the Internet. The only reason I found this is because of a comedian making fun of it.

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CP December 22, 2017 - 9:20 am

Made your recipe. Loved it! Thank you for a new holiday favorite!

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Judi December 22, 2017 - 11:54 am

Would have been so much easier to follow had you told us to drain or not drain juices

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G. December 7, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Just go ahead and drain it.

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Jessica December 24, 2017 - 6:03 pm

I feel like this is the kind of thing you would bring to a party full of people you hate

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Serena December 30, 2017 - 8:33 pm

Would be great if you gave ACTUAL credit to the “comedian” that honestly MADE YOU FAMOUS. That’s the worst part of this. Of course you “love the hate” because it brought you exposure so credit the person who hated it and made it viral.
KALEN ALLEN
KALEN ALLEN
and once more- KALEN ALLEN

Thanks.

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John January 2, 2018 - 5:37 am

Please turn your kids in to the nearest adoption center, clearly you have a severe mental condition making something like this.

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Kyle January 3, 2018 - 3:01 am

Y’all need to chill out and stop acting like you’re “holier than thou.” Let her do what she wants. Go fix the problems in your own life and re-evaluate your knee-jerk reactions before you tell other people what to do.

I’m not a fan of this, personally, but I respect people’s right to do things their own way. The amount of judgement here is pretty damning and just proves how extreme people get with their views.

Then again, it’s the internet, so I trust you all act in a slightly more personable way in real life.

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Jacob Red January 14, 2018 - 5:41 pm

Shut the fuck up Kyle. Don’t give us this “freedom to do whatever” bullshit. This is just plain nasty, and no one should make this.

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Phil January 14, 2018 - 10:58 pm

^ yo that’s what’s up.

Nigga you a bitch ass cunt. Shut the fuck up you ass crack bandit. Get off this bitches dick and realize this shit is nasty.

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Jeanie June March 31, 2018 - 10:47 am

I found this recipe because of the video of the guy roasting it. He was hilarious! I freaked when I saw the mayonnaise too… but, I have to say, I’m intrigued, it’s one of those weird vintage recipes, and I kinda dig it. The combo sounds nasty to me, but I’m actually going to give it a shot. I’ve heard of people putting mayo in cake, so mayo in sweet recipes is a thing, and clearly, people have been making this 7up salad and enjoying it, so I’m not going to actually knock it until I try it.

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Jacob Red January 14, 2018 - 5:39 pm

That’s the nastiest fucking thing I’ve ever seen… Who the fuck puts mayo in fucking cool whip… this is diabetes and obesity in a fucking pan, ya’ll should be ashamed of yourselves for this!

Please for the love of God don’t feed this shit to your kids….

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:46 pm

JACOB RED and PHIL, I hear dish soap, the liquid kind is good for your problem. Your dirty, filthy, disgusting, extremely inappropriate mouth, on this COOKING APP!

REPORTED!

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Phil January 14, 2018 - 10:57 pm

This is fucking disgusting. I agree with that dude, this shit will kill yo kids. Nasty as fuck!

Kyle, you’re a cunt. Shut the fuck up you little hippie bitch.

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Allie February 1, 2018 - 3:51 pm

I grew up with a similar jello salad that we fixed for the holidays. We just called it green stuff. The only difference was no 7-up and used dream whip and miracle-whip instead of cool whip and mayonnaise. We also stopped adding fruit in it. We also got the recipe from my fathers mother. It is interesting to see someone else with similar holiday traditions.

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Kim Kollmann April 5, 2018 - 8:08 pm

Then don’t make it, but who wants your opinion when you have never even tried it?

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Jacob Red August 7, 2018 - 8:11 am

Kim Kollmann, have you ever eaten dog shit? Would you ever eat dog shit? If you do, you’re just plain fucking disgusting. Just because I’ve never tried it, doesn’t mean my opinion is wrong. You’re an idiot. Nice try though!

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Raf July 25, 2018 - 4:50 am

Kids in the third world r starving n y’all mad over a jello cake

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Ingrid Anderson August 15, 2018 - 3:15 pm

The internet is a double-edged sword, isn’t it? Most Americans used to be just as disgusted when considering sushi 30 years ago, and now you can’t find a town without a sushi joint. Just think of it as ethnic or regional cuisine… odd, but interesting to ponder.

Someone brought a similar dish to thanksgiving once when I was a kid (and we’re a black family) and I think it had nuts but no cherries (can’t say if it had mayo). As I recall, it was delish, so I’ll give your recipe four stars in honor of that memory!

Weird family traditions are cool; lucky you for having one to pass on.

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Georgie October 23, 2018 - 4:50 pm

I personally had the same knee-jerk “yuck” reaction to the mayonnaise. But I have seen several similar recipes so I am going to give it a go before passing judgement. I have always taught my kids that it is not possible to say you don’t like something without first trying it, so try it I shall.

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Jc December 4, 2018 - 6:43 am

That’s the best attitude to have

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Jeremy November 22, 2018 - 12:35 am

I just put this together for the first time, and at no point in the process did mine ever look anything like yours From the very start, it formed a layer of foam on top and held it to the very end, and the cool whip refused to blend completely, so there were clumps of cool whip in my finished product. It’s in the fridge for the night, so fingers crossed that it doesn’t turn out to be a total wash.

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Katie Reed November 24, 2018 - 5:02 pm

I’ve definitely had foam form at times, as the soda mixes with the marshmallows. I found that really whisking it can help immensely. Was your cool whip thawed completely and mixed with mayo? I have only ever had clumps if it was frozen or not totally thawed. I hope it turned out okay in the end.

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Jeremy February 17, 2019 - 8:58 pm

Wow, I didn’t even realize you responded. Thank you for that.
I don’t think my cool whip was completely thawed, but everyone loved it in spite of a few clumps. I’ll definitely be making it again, soon as a matter of fact, and will be sure to let the cool whip thaw completely, this time. Thank you so much !

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JC December 4, 2018 - 6:42 am

I grew up on 7 up salad and everyone that’s giving it negative comments don’t talk bad about something you have never tried. Try it then voice your comments.

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Stephen Paul Howard December 7, 2018 - 8:50 pm

My grandma “Ma” brought this to every Christmas dinner starting in the ’50s or ’60s. I remember hers in a 9×12 and us kids thought it was the best thing on the table. She called it “Green Salad”
Thanks for the great memories this recipe brought me!

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:53 pm

God I love your story! I can’t wait to make this for Sunday dinner with my family! Thanks for the loving memory you shared.

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Angie December 18, 2018 - 9:34 am

The mayonnaise is what’s throwing me off man. I’d definitely try this but I’m one of those people who overthinks shit like, even if I can’t taste an ingredient but I know it’s in there…it makes me like…. Like, I’m not a big alcohol drinker because I really hate the taste of any type of hard liquor (it makes me gag lol like if it’s a shot it’ll take me like 45 minutes to mentally prepare myself for the taste) once in a while I’ll have a drink and even if the drink has very little alcohol and a lot of juice, soda, etc. mixer and you can’t taste the alcohol at ALL, my brain just knowing there’s alcohol in it will make me gag if I try to drink it too fast, ya know what I mean? I don’t hate mayonnaise or anything. I use it for sandwiches and whatnot, ya know, shit where mayonnaise is appropriate to use, but the mayonnaise in this recipe just….that shit ain’t right man….idk. Don’t knock it till you try it, right? Can someone tell me if you can’t even SLIGHTLY taste the mayonnaise…? I wanna make this but aghhhh that mayonnaise is fucking scaring me….

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Laurie January 15, 2019 - 12:59 pm

There’s a great recipe for fluffy delicious pancakes that use a Tbs of vinegar! You can’t taste it and the cakes are fantastic! So…you’ll be fine. There’s plenty of sugar in the recipe to omit/cover the taste of the mayo.

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Kris Roberts December 27, 2018 - 9:23 am

I think this sounds good….all but the mayo. As I do with other hot or cold recipes involving mayo, I would just sub sour cream or vanilla or plain yogurt…..always works. The people being rude in the comments are idiots who aren’t really thinking…period.

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Anita January 19, 2019 - 12:13 pm

I will share my Grandmothers recipe for 7-up Salad with you. We make it for holiday meals. 2 small boxes of jello any flavor you like, ( I prefer lime) prepare per package directions substituting 2 cups of seven-up for the cold water. While waiting on water to boil, drain a 15 oz can of crushed pineapple( reserve pineapple juice) and pour crushed pineapple into a 9×13 dish, add 1 cup mini marshmallows. Pour liquid jello over cover and refrigerate until set. Put pineapple juice in small saucepan add 2 Tablespoons of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2Tablespoons of butter and one slightly beaten egg in saucepan and whisk over medium heat until it thickens. Cool and fold into a 8 ounce tub of Cool Whip put on top of set jello. You can add chopped walnuts or grated cream cheese to the top if you like.

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Katie Reed January 28, 2019 - 6:21 pm

That sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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Samantha February 20, 2019 - 6:31 am

Love the smell wow amazing cooking well done. Made it for a get together and everyone loved it. Would not change a thing. Thanks for posting.!

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sophiamia0086 March 5, 2019 - 12:51 am

wow…it was a awesome recipe….thank you for this wonderful dish

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paula March 11, 2019 - 1:54 am

Thank you for this fabulous recipe!
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Desirae March 31, 2019 - 8:28 pm

No

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