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Lime Pear Salad

Through my years of working in the food service industry, I've collected a bounty of salad recipes. This pleasantly colored side dish is cool, creamy and comforting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 1 can (16 ounces) pear halves
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened


  • In a bowl, beat cream cheese and gelatin until smooth. Drain pears, reserving syrup; set pears aside. If necessary, add enough water to syrup to equals 1 cup.
  • In a small saucepan, bring syrup to a boil. Gradually add to gelatin mixture, beating until smooth. Stir in ice cream until dissolved. Mash pears and fold into gelatin mixture. Pour into an greased 6-cup mold. Chill until firm.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 184 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • ebramkamp
    Feb 27, 2014

    This is delicious. I added 1 T of lemon juice to the pear syrup after it had boiled. Instead of mashing the pears I just diced them up too.

  • nelda h. till
    May 3, 2013

    Delicious!!! Made with home-canned pears in light syrup. Didn't set as firmly as I thought it should, but did get it out of the mold. Looked good. Couldn't ask for the taste to be better. Will be making quite often. I think this answers the question for the other reviewer. Next time I will probably let it set overnight. I, also, added a cup of chopped walnuts before refrigerating to let firm up. I think that improved the taste and texture.

  • Joscy
    Jun 13, 2009

    Can this gelatin be made with pears in their own juice vs. heavy syrup? Thank you for replying.