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
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 each: 147 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g 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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amehart User ID: 1464390 263375
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2017

"So good and very simple to make. Our grandchildren loved it and I made it the following day again. We added some mini marshmallows for fun and the children enjoyed it that way too. This is a wonderful make ahead salad or dessert and we will be having it often."

MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 263275
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"We had this for dinner tonight and loved it. Hubby had seconds. Surprisingly, we ate it as dessert, it was that good. Makes a delicious salad as well as dessert. Yes, we will have this again. I highly recommend this recipe.

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KristineChayes User ID: 1441542 1209
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!"

mrssarge User ID: 2654969 1197
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

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

angelwatch User ID: 5892984 198974
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!"

ehselman User ID: 4896636 3991
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2010

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

Cinders8324 User ID: 5324759 198973
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 !"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 3660
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009

"Make this gelatin as a special treat for my grandsons, ages 3 and 2. Serve it several times a year, especially the Christmas season. Highly recommend."

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