Top 5 Party Dessert Salads

By TBSP Angela
Created March 17, 2017
Whether you're looking for a post-meal treat that won't expand your waistline or simply hoping to serve up something light and refreshing, choosing a dessert salad over your usual cake or ice cream is a great way to give your family an unexpected surprise MORE+ LESS-

Who says a salad needs to be savory and lettuce-based?

Salads are a great party food because everyone can serve themselves, whether they've got a wee appetite or the hunger of a lumberjack. But let's face it: lettuce and veggies don't always spell out P-A-R-T-Y. Know what does, though? Desserts! So we've married the two, natch.

The following are our five favorite dessert salads, from spiked and rainbow-colored to creamy and fruity, we've got you covered!

1. Spiked Rainbow Ribbon Salad

This dessert looks like an old school gelatin mold, but trust us, it's anything but. Spiked with vodka, this salad is perfect for an adults-only evening, but you can make it kid-friendly by skipping the booze. Sure, it takes a little bit of time to get the layered effect, but it's just so darn pretty in the end, you'll be glad you put in the effort.

2. Strawberry Gelatin Salad

This dessert can be made in individual cups or in a large dish – whatever suits your fancy. The bottom layer consists of crunchy, buttery, nutty granola, which is then topped with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and finished with a layer of bright, sweet strawberry gelatin.

3. Watermelon, Mango and Jicama Salad

Let's go retro! Break out the melon baller to make this salad that's full of the awesome flavors and colors of watermelon and mango, and enhanced by the crunchy texture of jicama.

4. Rio Grande Melon Salad

Feeling tropical? Great – we've got just the thing: Mango, melon, grapes and papaya dressed up with a lovely mixture of lime zest, lime juice and honey. You could even go cray-cray here with a scoop or two of lemon sorbet and some chopped nuts on top.

5. Raspberry-Banana Yogurt Salad

On a diet and desperately missing your fave ice cream? This dessert might calm your cravings for something sweet and creamy – minus all the fat. It combines gelatin with rich, smooth yogurt and fresh fruit for a dessert that only looks like it's calorie-laden. And don't feel confined to raspberries and bananas – you can use whatever fruity combination you like.

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