Sunrise Salad

Mandarin Oranges 2

I know. I really need to share a Marinara sauce that goes with the deeelish Italian Meatballs I posted two weeks ago. (A few of you emailed or messaged me on FaceBook for it.) BUT Easter is right around the corner and this orange jello salad is an amazing compliment to your beautiful Ham or Turkey Easter dinner. So…I pinky swear promise the Marinara will be featured in next Wednesday’s DoAhead Dining post.

In the meantime? Three cheers for a nummy, no brainer salad that can be easily done ahead!

Sunrise Salad


1 6 oz package of Orange Jello

1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese

1 11 oz. can of drained Mandarin Oranges

1 9 oz. container of Cool Whip

2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

Dissolve jello in 2 cups boiling water; add 2 cups cold water and refrigerate until it begins to gel. Drain and cut oranges into small pieces. Beat cream cheese until smooth; add lemon juice and oranges. Add jello and whip at top speed; fold into Cool Whip and chill.

If jello salad isn’t what your tribe needs most this upcoming Easter click on these links for some terrific holiday entree’s, side dishes and tips for carving Tom Turkey.

DoAhead Mashed Potatoes

Yowsa Yams

Green Bean Casserole

Best Ham Ever

Turkey Brine, DoAhead Turkey Carving

May you and yours have a blessed Easter dinner!

{* A tiny disclaimer. This recipe was originally titled, Orange Jello Salad. It was in my mother’s recipe box and was given to her by a dear friend. It was one of her Easter favorites so it seemed only fitting to dub the cheery, Easter morn dish “Sunrise Salad.”)

Your DoAhead Friend,


  1. Now that’s my kind of salad. 🙂
    Happy Easter!

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