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Simple Lime Gelatin Salad

Looking for a festive dish to light up the buffet? This pretty green gelatin salad is eye-catching and has a delightful, tangy flavor. —Cyndi Fynaardt, Oskaloosa, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) lime gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 quart lime sherbet
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Beat in sherbet until melted. Add whipped topping; beat well.
  • Pour into an 8-cup ring mold coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until set. Unmold onto a serving platter.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To help gelatin slip seamlessly out of the mold, dip the mold in warm water for about 10 seconds before inverting it onto a serving platter.
  • This and other jello salad recipes can be made in a rainbow of colors and flavors. Try orange, raspberry or pineapple gelatin and matching sherbet.
  • To avoid a lopsided salad, be sure to store it on a level shelf in the refrigerator.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slice: 210 calories, 5g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 66mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.


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    • Shelley
      Jul 15, 2020

      My Southern great Aunt made this with her way. Dissolved the jello as written but used vanilla ice cream I instead of Cool Whip. She also added well drained fruit cocktail to the mix. Yummy without nasty processed “whip cream”. I have made this with peach jello and peaches with chopped pecans.

    • lvarner
      Nov 2, 2019

      This is a great retro recipe. I had not made this in years and don't even remember what recipe I originally used. I used to make this type of dish for big family gatherings. When I saw this recipe, I was excited to make it once again. It tasted just as I remembered it. It's nice, cool, and creamy and tastes really good.

    • SuSey22
      May 15, 2019

      I tested this for mother’s was a nice side ! I plan to serve it for my daughters bridal shower. Cool, creamy, nice tang of lime!

    • Kris Hodges
      Apr 13, 2019

      To mem2094, Jello gelatin is correct but you must be sure to fully dissolve in hot water before adding anything else or it won't set correctly. This old time recipe is a classic and brings back good memories and mishaps too. Love it.

    • slocook805
      Oct 29, 2018

      I make this but in several different flavors and use freshly beaten heavy cream because I just have never liked whipped topping. The 3 stars is for the whipped topping. I have a similar recipe that my Grandmother made many times, It calls for 1 box each of lime and lemon Jell-O, 1 small can of crushed pineapple, drained and 2 cups of cottage cheese. Mix it all together and put in a 9x9 square dish and refrigerate till set.

    • TNbluffbaker
      Jul 22, 2018

      I love the flavor of lime so I was excited to try this recipe. My family liked it, but they felt something was missing. The next time I make it, I'll try adding a can of crushed pineapple to the mixture.

    • Stephanie
      May 28, 2018

      This is really good. I stirred in a half bag of mini marshmallows and a dash of salt as well and put it in a jello mold to set overnight. Next time I will add the whole bag of marshmallows to the mixture after it sets up a little in the fridge and then divide it between 2 jello molds.

    • mem2094
      Apr 3, 2018

      I made this with orange Jello, orange sherbet and Cool Whip. I put it in the fridge for 24 hours but it didn't set well at all. Like another reviewer, mine became a blob on the plate, but it tasted really good! I argued with my mom about using Jello vs. gelatin. Was I supposed to use gelatin or could I use Jello for this recipe? I told my mom that gelatin doesn't come in flavors, she had a box of unflavored gelatin and said that was what I should have used but I told her that Jello would be fine and that Jello is flavored. Please someone answer me so that I can settle this disagreement with my mom. Overall, it tasted great but I wouldn't make it again unless I knew it would stay in mold shape.

    • sematteson
      Apr 1, 2018

      His was terrible! It was too sweet and didn’t set up very well. After 10 min out of the mold and fridge, it started to spread and turn to a thick liquid. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!

    • criskringle
      Mar 28, 2018

      We love jello salads, so please keep them coming! This one is sooo good! I added nuts and marshmellows (small ones) to this. Yummy!