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Lime Gelatin Salad

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


  • 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


  • 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 13x9-in. dish. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm. Cut into squares; garnish with the remaining whipped topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 147 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 56mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • amehart
    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
    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.Volunteer Field Editor

  • KristineChayes
    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
    Jan 14, 2014

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

  • angelwatch
    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
    Nov 5, 2010

    It wound up runny and did not keep very well.

  • Cinders8324
    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
    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.

  • Sagcinn
    Apr 19, 2007

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  • raych32
    Nov 28, 2005

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