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Pineapple Lime Gelatin

This recipe was passed down by my mother. We serve it often, but especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Of course, the green color makes it nice for St. Patrick’s Day, too. With the marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream, the sweet salad can even be served as a light dessert. I like to cook for both small groups and large crowds. When our entire family gets together for thanks and feasting, it’s a wonderful time!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 cups boiling water, divided
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional


  • In a bowl, add 1 cup boiling water to gelatin; stir 2 minutes to completely dissolve. In a small saucepan, combine marshmallows and remaining water; cook over low heat until blended, stirring occasionally. Stir into gelatin. Refrigerate until partially set.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in pineapple. Fold in gelatin mixture, whipped cream, pecans and, if desired, food coloring. Pour into a 6-cup mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate, covered, until set. Unmold onto a serving plate.

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  • gardenerbowler
    Mar 15, 2014

    Just made this for a St. Pat's party. Doubled it and was able to make it stretch to feed 45 people along with cupcakes. Everyone raved about. Now have to give out the recipe to several people. Thanks for sharing. I'm not a lime person by any means and I enjoyed it. Will definitely make again soon.

  • ngerard
    May 28, 2013

    This recipe adds color and flavor to any meal. Good for a pot luck.

  • Killakatwebster
    Nov 22, 2012

    Everyone loved this recipe. I make this every year for the holidays and even for desert. This desert is light, fluffy and lightly sweetened.

  • mrsbjsmith
    Nov 22, 2011

    I get requests to make this recipe every holiday get together. This is my husband's favorite and this is by far the best "green stuff" recipe I have found, don't skip out on the cream cheese, it is much better than the recipes that use cottage cheese.

  • tkarinas
    May 18, 2010

    Pineapple lime gelatin makes a special dessert for special meals and one my family simply loves. We make it for birthdays and special days and keep the recipe private as we don't want our guests knowing how it was made.

  • Rakhsmom
    Feb 18, 2010

    Love this recipe and serve often. Sometimes I substitute minimarshmallows and just mix them in. I use finely shredded cheddar instead of cream cheese. The white spots anf orange shreds add color and add a little more flavor!

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    Aug 18, 2009

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    Jul 16, 2009

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