Green Jello Salad Recipe

Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski | Kitchen Gidget

Green jello salad with pineapple and cream cheese tastes like your childhood memories! This classic side dish is a beautiful addition to a special meal and only takes minutes to prepare!

This particular lime jello salad recipe has no cottage cheese, but options for using lemon jello and how to make it with or without cool whip.

Green Jello Salad Photo

If you’ve never had green jello salad you probably think it’s weird…

But if you grew up eating green jello salad then you know exactly how essential it is to a holiday like Easter or a potluck supper!

It adds the perfect touch of sweetness to a savory meal, along with a hint of tropical tang.

Grandma’s green jello made an appearance at everything Thanksgiving, along with her Rice Dressing and Candied Yams with Marshmallows (which I personally requested).

I didn’t appreciate it as a child, but I didn’t appreciate the genius of cranberry sauce either!

There are many lime jello salad recipes out there, but the basics include boxed lime gelatin and crushed pineapple.

Green Jello Salad Picture

Ingredients for Green Jello Salad

Lime gelatin – you can use one large box or two small boxes. Grandma would often use one small box of lime and one small box of lemon. The combo takes this to another level!

Cream cheese – For tang, grandma used cream cheese. I’ve seen other recipes using cottage cheese or mayo, but it doesn’t have that tart component.

Crushed pineapple – don’t drain the juice. It adds flavor to the salad instead of using all water.

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How to Make Lime Jello Salad

You can find the full recipe box below, but these are all the steps with detailed tips.

Dissolve the gelatin in 2 cups boiling water. This takes about 2 minutes so don’t rush.

Whisk in the cream cheese until well blended. Small chunks may remain which is fine.

Mix in the crushed pineapple along with the juices (don’t drain it!) and 1/2 cup cold water.

Pour into desired serving dish. Sometimes grandma used a bowl, sometimes she used a fancy mold.

Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until set.

This salad is really beautiful in a bundt pan or a 13x9 glass dish. It can be cut into slices to serve. Or you can mash it up and eat it the way we do!

I also want to say that there is no cool whip in this recipe.

If you want a sweeter, fluffier salad you can certainly fold in a small container (8 ounces) before refrigerating.

Lastly, I added pecans as a garnish.

I swear my grandma added chopped pecans when I was a kid, but my mom insists she never did.

Do you like it with or without nuts? I’d love to hear your take below!

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Green Jello Salad Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 2 small box Lime Gelatins, (3.4oz each)
  • 2 cups Boiling Water
  • 1 8 ounce package Cream Cheese, well softened and cubed
  • 1 8 ounce can Crushed Pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water
  • Chopped Pecans, for garnish (optional)


  1. Dissolve the gelatin in 2 cups boiling water, about 2 minutes.
  2. Vigorously whisk in the cream cheese until well blended. Small pieces may remain.
  3. Mix in the crushed pineapple (along with the juices) and 1/2 cup cold water.
  4. Pour into desired serving dish. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until set. Garnish with pecans, if desired.



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Author: Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 125 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 30
Calories 136

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g
  Saturated Fat 6g
Sodium 109mg
Total Carbohydrate 10g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 9g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rebekah Garcia Kalinowski

About Rebekah

Rebekah is the blogger behind Kitchen Gidget, an all-encompassing food blog dedicated to her Midwestern roots and Hispanic heritage. She adores cheese (who doesn't?!), so we asked her to be our Cheese fanatic. Time to get excited!

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