Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

This recipe was my Mom's. It is a Christmas tradition in our family, however the salad is tasty anytime of the year. It's presentation is very pretty at the table. I recommend an overnight chill for best results in the final set. Cook time does not reflect this.


  1. Drain grapefruit and add enough water to the syrup to make 3 1/3 cups.
  2. Heat half (1 2/3 cups) of the syrup mixture to boiling; add to gelatin and stir until dissolved.
  3. Add remaining syrup mixture; cool.
  4. Select 8 of best grapefruit segments and arrange in bottom of 1 1/2 quart ring mold with cherries between each segment.
  5. Carefully pour half of the gelatin mixture over fruits in mold; chill till firm.
  6. Meanwhile chill remaining gelatin mixture until partially set; add remaining grapefruit segments and carefully pour mixture over firm gelatin in mold.
  7. (This takes about 1 hour before you can combine the two gelatins without disturbing the first layer, watch carefully).
  8. Chill till set.
  9. Unmold on platter on lettuce leaves.
  10. Serve with mayonnaise.