Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  168
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  18 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  23 mg
  • Sodium  52 mg
  • Potassium  51 mg
  • Phosphorus  35 mg
  • Calcium  12 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

Red, White and Blue Salad

DaVita renal dietitian Mary from Missouri shares Red, White and Blue Salad, a kidney-friendly recipe from DaVita patient Peggy. It's a gelatin salad that’s low in sodium, phosphorus and potassium.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from DaVita patient Peggy, and submitted by DaVita dietitian Mary from Missouri.

Portions: 24     Serving size: 2-1/4” x 2” piece


    • 1 small box blueberry gelatin
    •  1 cup whipping cream
    •  1 cup granulated sugar
    •  8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    •  1 cup pecans, chopped
    •  1 envelope unflavored gelatin
    •  1 small box strawberry gelatin
    •  1 cup frozen strawberries, partly thawed


    1. Prepare blueberry gelatin according to package directions.
    2. Pour gelatin into 13” x 9” x 2” glass baking dish, refrigerate until set.
    3. In a medium bowl, beat together whipping cream and sugar.
    4. Add cream cheese and beat until smooth. Stir in pecans.
    5. Dissolve unflavored gelatin in 1/2 cup water.  Blend into cream cheese mixture.
    6. Pour mixture over set blueberry gelatin. Refrigerate until set.
    7. Dissolve strawberry gelatin in 1 cup hot water. Add partially thawed strawberries with juice.
    8. Pour strawberry mixture over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate until set.
    9. Cut into 2-1/4” x 2” pieces.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1/2 high-calorie
    • 1/2 fruit, low potassium
    • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    1. For a change in flavor, you could use blackberry flavored gelatin instead of blueberry; raspberry flavored gelatin instead of strawberry; and frozen raspberries instead of strawberries.
    2. Pecans and other nuts are high in phosphorus and potassium. Each serving of this dessert contains 4 pecan halves, and remains low in phosphorus and potassium when consumed in the suggested portion. You could reduce the pecans to 1/2 cup or even omit from the recipe for a very low phosphorus, low potassium dessert. For a lower sugar version use sugar-free gelatin and sugar substitute instead of sugar.

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Red, White and Blue Salad

sheffner says:


Made for holiday weekend, and it was AWESOME! Set up perfectly, held it's shape, even sent the next few days (leftovers)! Tasted good and refreshing for a summer holiday picnic. Even sent some home with the neighbords 'cause they loved it so much!

Jul. 10, 2014, 8:59 AM - Inappropriate review?

Red, White and Blue Salad

cntrybrat says:


Does anyone know how to get this recipe to set up?? I've tried it twice and with the 2nd time I even did it the day before so I would have time for everything to set up......and while it was in the fridge that night it looked like it had all set perfectly but when we took it out of the fridge the next day had become soup.....i would really love to try it if it would only set up correctly

May. 12, 2011, 8:49 AM - Inappropriate review?

Red, White and Blue Salad

JPRD says:


Made for Tasting Days in the unit. Didn't set up, so we served in bowl. Would be pretty if it set.

Feb. 03, 2011, 8:32 AM - Inappropriate review?

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