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A Recipe from the War Song Series for Strawberry Season!

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Late April to early July is one of the best times of the year. It’s strawberry season! The sweet red fruit is delicious plain, in salads, and in desserts! I also love it with a little hazelnut spread.

When I was writing The Final Song, I needed a recipe for Victoria to present at her next garden club meeting. I remembered that when I was growing up the older ladies of the church would sometimes bring a “strawberry salad” to a potluck that was more of yummy dessert, but you got your fruit in! My Grandmother also made a version of it from time to time.

I did some online research and found this recipe to try from The Mom Foodie ( It is so good! I’ve made it a few times for family cook outs. My dad absolutely loves it.

Here is the recipe for your next family cook out, church potluck, or garden club meeting. Enjoy and happy strawberry season!

Strawberry Fluff Salad


3-ounce strawberry Jell-O gelatin (small box)

1 cup boiling water

1 cup crushed ice

20-ounce crushed pineapple

3-ounce instant vanilla pudding mix (small box)

16-ounce strawberries (fresh, trimmed, and sliced)

4 cups mini marshmallows

8-ounce thawed cool whipped topping


1. Add contents of the gelatin package to a medium bowl.

2. Stir in boiling water with the Jell-O until dissolved.

3. Pour crushed ice into the bowl and stir until the ice has melted.

4. Place in the refrigerator for ten minutes or until it begins to set.

5. Pour crushed pineapple and juices along with vanilla pudding into a large bowl. Stir to combine.

6. Add the strawberries, mini marshmallows, and cool whipped topping. Mix well.

7. Use a spoon to break up the strawberry Jell-O and add it to the cool whipped topping mixture. Mix well.

8. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

“Ava’s job this time was to put three heaping spoonfuls of strawberry marshmallow salad into each of her mother’s crystal dessert bowls. The delicate bowls had been a wedding gift from Ava’s Grandmother Lavenia, and Victoria liked to use them for every appropriate occasion. Strawberry marshmallow salad during strawberry picking season was just such an occasion. It was also the timely topic of the May club meeting.”

The Final Song, Chapter 22

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