Some recipes defy reason. Nirvana in a Bowl contains only six ingredients, which in itself isn’t so unusual. But when you consider that four of the ingredients come straight out of convenience packages, that’s where it gets a little hard to understand.
I first tasted this at a family party several years ago. I’d never really had a fruit salad like it. It was so creamy and yummy! I begged the recipe from my niece. I felt like I’d scored a treasure.
It’s now a staple at almost every potluck party I host or attend. If I know the host isn’t making it, I make sure to bring it myself . I’ve doubled it, I’ve tripled it. It disappears every single time and leaves people wanting more.
The first version I tasted used orange as the flavor choice, which is really good. However, I changed it to raspberry and have never looked back.
If you have any love at all for creamy, jello-type fruit salads, you will love this recipe! Try it and don’t ever forget who shared a life-changing jello salad recipe with you.
Nirvana in a Bowl
serves 8–10 as a single recipe. Never enough. If you’re serving to a crowd, you’ll want to double, triple or even quadruple it
1 small (3 oz.) box cook and serve vanilla pudding
1 small (3oz.) boz cook and serve tapioca
1 small (3 oz.) box raspberry gelatin
3 cups water
1 (8 oz.) container non-dairy whipped topping (such as coolwhip), refrigerated, not frozen
1 pint fresh raspberries
In a medium size saucepan, place the contents of the three boxes. Add three cups of water and stir well with a whisk. Bring to a boil and let boil while stirring for a good long minute. Remove from the heat and scrape into a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate the bowl of the gelatin/pudding/tapioca mixture for several hours. Overnight is best. If it isn’t completely set, it won’t work right.
Right before you are ready to serve, take a large spoon and roughly stir the mixture in the bowl. Don’t over stir, you want it chunky. Then fold in the non-dairy whipped topping. Mix it pretty well without stirring the heck out of it.
Lastly, add the raspberries. Fold them in gently, trying to keep them as intact as you can. A little bit of smooshed is ok.
Remove a portion for yourself. If you don’t, by the time you make sure all your guests are happily eating, you will already have missed out on your share because someone else ate it. I’m not kidding.
A couple of notes: You can change the salad by changing the flavor of gelatin and then matching the fruit to the gelatin. Oranges with mandarin oranges is yum. Also strawberry and blackberry.
Also, I have tried substituting the non-dairy whipped topping with real whipped cream, and believe it or not, it’s just not as good. (I know! It seems blasphemous!) Something about the original ingredients combine to make the creamiest, dreamiest fruit salad you’ll ever have.