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Pear-Lime Gelatin Salad

A “must” at our family reunions is this easy make-ahead gelatin salad. Try decorating the top with maraschino cherries. The red and lime-green color is especially pretty for the holidays.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) pear halves
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted, divided
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • Drain pears, reserving juice; set pears aside. In a small saucepan, bring juice to a boil. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool slightly.
  • In a food processor, combine pears and cream cheese; cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl; stir in gelatin mixture until blended. Stir in the pineapple and 3/4 cup pecans. Fold in whipped topping.
  • Pour into an ungreased 11x7-in. dish. Refrigerate until set. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 401 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 3g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • KristineChayes
    Dec 11, 2017

    This has a nice creamy texture and a mild lime-pear taste. I've made it many times since the recipe first appeared in Country Woman in 2005 and it is always a favorite!

  • Nancy
    Sep 28, 2017

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  • GG1956
    Dec 24, 2015

    Easy to make, easy to slip in substitutions and delicious! I used regular whipping cream with no sweeteners and it was plenty sweet. Very light and fun!

  • grammy3740
    May 27, 2014

    This was simply delicious, easy to make and turned out perfect. I already have the ingredients to make again. Also very simple ingredients, nothing exotic to have to find!! I love this site and to have my own recipe box.

  • pandorapj61
    May 17, 2013

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  • IvyRiggs
    Mar 18, 2013

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  • tribefan56
    Mar 17, 2013

    This is the best lime gelatin dish I've ever tasted! It is amazing that just a few simple ingredients can make something so delicious. I used low fat cream cheese and it was still good ..... even my son who doesn't like fruit ate some, and my husband had seconds! Very light and fluffy. I used an 8 x 8 square glass pan and it came out perfect.

  • Mandy112
    Dec 14, 2012

    This is a winner!! I took this to a family Christmas party and it was a hit. It is by far the best jello salad I have ever had.

  • SassyLacey
    May 30, 2012

    Loved this one! Took it to a Church Covered Dish Dinner and it was a tremendous hit. Not one bite left to bring home. Will definitley be making this one again. Only thing I did differently is that I did not toat the pecans; don't care for them. It was great without that step as well.

  • calicocatz
    Apr 7, 2012

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