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Hidden Pear Salad Recipe

Hidden Pear Salad Recipe

Light and fluffy, this colorful salad is a very flavorful family favorite. When I made it for my husband's family before we were married, we all joked about not being able to find any pears, so the name stuck.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 can (16-ounce) pears, liquid drained and reserved
  • 1 (3-ounce) package lime-flavored gelatin
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 envelope whipped topping mix
  • Lettuce leaves


  • 1. In a saucepan, bring pear liquid to a boil. Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool at room temperature until syrupy. Meanwhile, puree pears in a blender. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and lemon juice until fluffy and smooth. Add pureed pears and mix well. Prepare whipped topping according to package directions; fold into pear mixture. Fold in cooled gelatin. Pour into an oiled 4-1/2-cup mold. Chill overnight. Just before serving, unmold salad onto a lettuce-lined platter. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 139 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 60mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed Mar. 6, 2015

"LOVE this salad. I like the hidden nutrition for kids and the ease of preparation. I make in 9x13 and have served on lettuce."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2013

"I'd tried this recipe for the first time on 6/22/13! I doubled the ingredients except the pears which I used my food processor to pulse! I used the juice from 15-oz. can

of Bartlett pears & the juice from the pears + water to equal 2 cups of liquid.]
I used 2 packages of lime gelatin and 1/2 tsp. lemon juice-I used bottled. I also used 8-oz. softened cream cheese + an 8-oz. container of COOL WHIP, since I'd had it on hand in my freezer! This salad
was delicious and NOT much was left! I used my Tupperware ring mold, coated with
cooking spray! I took it to the luncheon at our chapel 6/23/13! A friend took the balance of the salad home to share with HER family! Thank you for this recipe, Sharon Mensing! I definitely plan to use this recipe time and again! DELOWENSTEIN"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2010

"This is the Jell-O salad I make most often. It's easy enough for an accompaniment to an everday meal and special enough for holiday and company dinners."

Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"Usually I don't care for gelatin salads, because of the lack of nutrition, but this has food value, easy to make and tastes great. A nice addition to a large meal."

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