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Pear Lime Gelatin

Packed with pears, this jolly gelatin salad is a light and refreshing treat. My mom knew that fruit served in this fun form would get gobbled right up. She also liked it because the bowl looked like a sparkling jewel on our dinner table. —Sandy Jenkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (29 ounces) pear halves in juice
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup whipped topping


  • Drain pears, reserving juice; set pears aside. Measure the juice; add water if needed to equal 1-1/2 cups. Pour into a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add gelatin; stir until dissolved. Gradually add cream cheese, whisking until smooth.
  • Cover and refrigerate until cool. Mash pears; fold into gelatin mixture. Fold in whipped topping. Pour into a 6-cup serving bowl. Refrigerate until set.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 172 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit, 1 fat.

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  • ebramkamp
    Apr 18, 2019

    This is reminiscent of a salad my aunt always brought to reunions. The lime and pear are a tasty combination. The cream cheese and whipping cream add to the richness. It's light and flavorful.

  • lshaw
    Oct 11, 2014

    Since childhood, I have always loved the combination of lime and pears. I love this recipe and have made it half a dozen times. Even a novice at cooking can make it! I wish they still sold cream cheese in 3oz. packages like they did years ago--I can only find the 8-oz. packages and have to cut them up, leaving the rest to go bad in the fridge!

  • Joscy
    Jun 6, 2013

    Just noticed ~~ this is also diabetic friendly, something I can have, without the guilt. LOL

  • Joscy
    Jun 6, 2013

    This salad looks beautiful. You can sure bet this will win positive compliments at our house. Thank you for sharing. Joscy

  • erinmarie78
    Jul 18, 2012

    Good! I followed the recipe exactly, except I pureed the pears instead of mashing them... I figured my family would've been less likely to eat them with the smooth & chunky texture, so I made it all smooth. They called it green mousse :-) It's not a recipe I would make often, pretty rich, but definitely one to keep on hand for the holidays! Mine turned out a tad runny, but I think it's because I didn't let it set up long enough... but supper was ready and I needed to get it on the table! Next time I make this, I'll give it more time in the fridge... still yummy though! If you want something to compare the flavor to, I thought it tasted very similar to key lime whipped yogurt!

  • butterfly3gayle
    Dec 31, 2011

    This is so easy, creamy and delicious! A friend tried it using lemon jello and it was equally good.

  • lucy1111
    Jun 2, 2011

    I always double this because we like it so much. I boil 2 c. juice/water in microwave,then put it in the blender with the jello until dissolved (careful, it's hot). Then I add 8oz. cream cheese a piece at a time while blending. Then put in your pears, and pulse until they are coarse. Pour into a bowl with the last cup of water, and add the topping when it's partially set. It makes this so easy!

  • ZumaCook
    May 17, 2011

    One of my favourites to make. So creamy & pure deliciousness!!

  • KY_Cook
    Oct 15, 2010

    I really enjoy this recipe cause it's fast and it's scrumptious and goes well with any menu. Thanks for yet another favorite

  • Joker_269
    Mar 29, 2010

    I have made this recipe many times, and each time it is a hit. Thanks for sharing. I also tried it with cherries blended thru a blender so they are nice and smooth then used wild cherry jell-o, this is an awesome change.