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Strawberry Pear Gelatin

Mother always had a way of making every dish she served just a little more special. A good example is this fluffy salad. It's both fruity and refreshing. -Linda McGinty, Parma, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    12-16 servings


  • 1 can (29 ounces) pears
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Mandarin oranges, optional


  • Drain pears, reserving juice. Chop pears and set aside. Add water to the juice to measure 3 cups. Place in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Whisk in cream cheese until smooth. Refrigerate until slightly thickened. Whisk in whipped topping until smooth. Add chopped pears.
  • Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares. Garnish with mandarin oranges if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 160 calories, 7g fat (5g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 70mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • alibobali2011
    Jan 8, 2019

    I made this with fresh pears instead of canned. I wanted a smooth consistency so I used an emulsion blender to mix. The dessert never set up in the fridge, but stayed a liquid. This might have been because I pureed the pears, so I would suggest not attempting that with this recipe. Going to try to freeze it to salvage the recipe and serve it in squares like a frozen salad.

  • Sue Zappa
    Nov 18, 2017

    This recipe is one of my family's favorites. I'd lost it, along with some issues of Taste of Home, when we moved to a different city. My oldest son reminded me of it when his birthday came around, but we couldn't even remember the name of it! Found it on this website & we've been enjoying it again for 6 yrs. The only thing I've modified is beating the jello with my electric mixer on low speed after adding the cream cheese & using sugar-free jello & fat-free cream cheese & Cool Whip. I also use pears packed in juice. Absolutely wonderful!Question for TOH staff: Why don't you have this recipe in your index of recipes for people to google & find easily? It's a wonderful, easy recipe & deserves much more public attention! Thank you!

  • homemadewithlove
    Apr 7, 2015

    I puree the pears for a smooth texture and use lite cream cheese and Cool Whip. Served on a bed of lettuce looks lovely for Easter.

  • vickistidham
    Jun 1, 2014

    Great recipe! I made mine the way the other poster did (sugar free jello and pears along with fat free cool whip and cream cheese. Tasted fantastic and no one knew they were eating healthier.