Lime Gelatin Salad Recipe
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Lime Gelatin Salad Recipe

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I've made this refreshing recipe more than 100 times over the past 15 years! It can be a salad or dessert. When I take it to a potluck, it's always one of the first things to disappear. -Louise Harding, Newburgh, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16-20 servings


  • 1 package (6 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (15 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 147 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 56 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Dissolve gelatin in water. In a bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Stir in gelatin mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in vanilla, oranges, pineapple, soda and pecans. Chill until the mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Fold in three-fourths of the whipped topping. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; garnish with the remaining whipped topping. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Lime Gelatin Salad in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p39

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"I've made this cool, creamy recipe many times over the years and everyone loves it! I leave out the pecans because not everyone in the family can eat them. I've made this recipe with cherry and strawberry gelatins, too. It is always a pleaser!"

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"Love this recipe. Always take it for Christmas potlucks and the family loves it too."

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"I made it even more low cal by using sugar free jello, light cream cheese, and light cool whip. No one knew the difference. The guests raved about it!"

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

"It wound up runny and did not keep very well."

Reviewed Jul. 30, 2010

"A family favorite ! A delicious refreshing combination of cool, creamy, tart and sweet. Pecans and mandarin oranges keep this dish from becoming too tart or too sweet. I make it exactly as is written and get rave reviews everytime I serve it. It's a keeper !"

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