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Great-Grandma’s Lime Jello Salad

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This creamy vintage lime Jello salad has bright flavor and is fun to serve!  Our family lovingly refers to it as green Jello salad and it is coming to you from great-grandma’s recipe box.

small green molded jello salad with maraschino cherry on top

     This gelatin salad is a vintage favorite.  It is creamy and filled with bits of pineapple.  Of course the lime jello holds it all together. 

Make it in a big dish and serve it by the spoonful or chill it in small molds for an extra fun presentation.  My great-grandma loved it and I have a feeling you will too!

    It was hard to decide who to give credit to for this recipe.  My great-grandma got it from her mom (my great-great-grandma of dutch apple cake fame).

     But my dad and his siblings remember it as something their grandma would make.  Apparently this one was a particular favorite of my uncle Mike.  I can see why, it really is pretty tasty.

    It seems as though my great-grandma Rees liked fruit salads with some substance.  A lot of the recipes I have from her and gelatin and fruit or the frozen fruit salad that still makes an appearance at every Rees family holiday.

     She isn’t the only one.  My husband’s aunt also shared a cherry and pineapple jello salad that was also delicious!

bowl of creamy green jello mixture with assortment of greased molds

     This is a good mix of lime gelatin made creamy with some cream cheese.  Plus, I love pineapple so that as an add-in is great for me!  Just be sure to use canned pineapple and don’t try to get fancy and use fresh pineapple.

     Much like when making the Hawaiian sweet rolls, there is an enzyme in fresh pineapple that doesn’t work well for bread baking or gelatin setting.  The canning process neutralizes the problem.

swirly green jello mold

    I thought it would be fun to do it as a mold.  I have these little jello molds that were my great-grandma Schwanke’s.

    The first time I tried it did not work at all.  Not to worry though, it was still good stirred up and served that way.

   So this time I held my breath and crossed my fingers.  I drained the pineapple pretty well to try to minimize any extra liquid as I assumed that was part of the problem last time.

    I also did a couple of servings in ramekins just in case. But guess what… it worked!

small molded jello salad on plate with red cherry on top

    The little mold was just begging for some sort of garnish.  I can envision these served on a leaf of lettuce or something, but I didn’t have any.  But I did have some maraschino cherries and after I put one on there, I knew it was perfect.

     Can’t you just picture your great-grandma serving you something like this at a family dinner?  I definitely can.  And I can’t wait to be that grandma too!  Do you have any jello salads in your family?

For another retro looking gem, try grandma’s date nut loaves. They are baked in cans making them look really cool and they are perfectly giftable that way as well!

More fun Jello recipes

This fun red white and blue stained glass Jello is perfect for patriotic summer holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. However you can mix and match the colors to make it perfect for any holiday or event.

If you like creamy jello salads, you are going to love creamy orange jello salad. It has cream cheese mixed in and a fun fluffy vanilla topping.

Or try cherry pretzel salad. It has a salty pretzel base, creamy cream cheese layer and cherry jello topping that come together for a fun sweet treat.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Vintage Lime Jello Salad

molded green jello salad with red maraschino cherry on top.

A vintage family favorite, this creamy green gelatin salad has bright flavor and is fun to serve!  This treat is coming to you from great-grandma’s recipe box.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 oz package lime gelatin
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple, drained

Instructions

  1. Mix together gelatin and cream cheese until well blended
  2. Pour hot water over cream cheese mixture and stir until completely dissolved
  3. Stir in cold water and pineapple
  4. Chill for at least two hours

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This jello salad is a vintage favorite.  It is creamy and filled with bits of pineapple.  Of course the lime jello holds it all together.  Make it in a big dish and serve it by the spoonful or chill it in small molds for an extra fun presentation.  My great-grandma loved it and I have a feeling you will too!

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Deborah Stewart

Sunday 21st of November 2021

My MIL always made this (and I do too). We just call it “Lime Jello”. We make it with pineapple chunks or tidbits. I drain the juice and use the juice in the jello preparation. We use a full standard size block of cream cheese (6oz) and don’t dissolve the cream cheese. I add the cream cheese to the jello while it is still warm and mash the cream cheese with a potato masher, leaving large chunks. Then add the pineapple. We enjoy the chunks of cream cheese.

Carlee

Sunday 21st of November 2021

I can see chunks of cream cheese tasting good! So yummy!

Janine

Monday 20th of September 2021

We used to call this garden jello , stuff monster poop , my grandma used to get so mad at us , glad l found this recipe gonna make it to pass around at a fish fry this Friday. YEA!!!!:)

Carlee

Monday 20th of September 2021

Ha! That is soo fun. I hope everyone enjoys their monster poop on Friday!

Anita

Monday 2nd of August 2021

I made this with 8 oz of crushed pineapple with its juice, 1 C of hot water, 1C of fat free plain yogurt and a 3 oz size of sugar free lime jello. Yummy.

Carlee

Monday 2nd of August 2021

That sounds delicious!

Carlee

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

We are lucky enough to have my great-grandma's molds. However there are several different kinds on Amazon.

Unknown

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Where do you get the molds?

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