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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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  • sjpoor
    Feb 16, 2021

    This is yummy! If it seems to rich use sugar free Jello and lower fat cream cheese. With the leftover cream cheese you can always add chopped onions or garlic to make a yummy dip, get out the crackers or chips and enjoy! We also like to pour some pepper jelly over it. Never waste cream cheese as there are so many other good things to make with it. It doesn't freeze well, however.

  • 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