Introduction: A Different Retro Lime Jell-O Salad

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When I was a kid my mom served Jell-O with fruit cocktail for dessert ; because we had a  large family and it was cheap to make.  After I got married we moved to California and I got a job.  Every Friday all the gals would bring a dish to serve for lunch.  One lady brought in this delicious Jell-O salad and I requested  the recipe.  I made it all the years my kids were growing up.  It was one dish I took to picnics and gatherings because so many people loved it.  I have not made it for a very long time and I am not sure I have the original recipe correct but  this version is very close to what I remember.   This Jell-O is a refreshing dish to bring to any outdoor gathering.  

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

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1 Large package Lime Jell-O
3-4 Stalks chopped celery 
1 Cup Large curd cottage cheese
1/2  Cup Cream cheese
1 Cup Canned Pineapple I suggest the very small tid bits  and not the chunks.  Don't use fresh pineapple it won't set up. 
Lime and parsley for garnish
1 cup chopped pecans or nuts optional 
2 Cups boiling water


Mixing bowls, sauce pan, spoon, shallow casserole dish, measuring cup, knife, and cutting board.

Step 2: Heat Water

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Heat 2 cups of water until boiling.
Turn off the heat.
Add the Jell-O and stir until the Jell-O sugar is dissolved. 
Let cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Measure and Chop

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Chop 1 cup of Celery.
Chop 1 cup of pecans or nuts optional.
Chop 1/2 cup cream cheese. 
Measure 1 cup cottage cheese.
Sliced  lime and parsley are for garnish 

 The cream cheese should be a little chunky but not big chunks.  

Step 4: Add Cream Cheese

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When the Jell-O has completely cooled. 
Add the cream cheese and stir. 
Put this mixture in the refrigerator until it just begins to set. 

Step 5: Add Ingredients

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Remove the Jell-O mixture from the refrigerator. 
Add the drained pineapple, celery, cottage cheese, and nuts.
Mix well.
Place in the refrigerator until firm. 

Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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I had almost forgotten how good it was. Even hubby made several comments about it tonight.  I have tried to find the original recipe online without success.  The original recipe did not have nuts and used lemon and lime Jell-O.  I did find similar versions using mayonnaise and whipped cream; but  this recipe was different.  

In closing I would like to thank our instructables company, sponsors, authors, readers, and members; for making this community a great success! Many hours and hard work has been put into making this place the best DIY on the Internet. Have a splendorous day! Sunshiine


Arremer (author)2012-07-22

Looks delightful, gotta try it.

sunshiine (author)Arremer2012-07-22

It is my favorite Jell-0 salad! Thanks for stopping by to take a look! Have a splendorous day!

onrust (author)2012-07-15

There is ALWAYS room for jello :)

sunshiine (author)onrust2012-07-15

There is! Where is your new recipe? I have missed reading them. Hope you make this it is worth it. As a matter of fact hubby and I are going to the store in a few minutes because " Mikie likes it and wants more! Hope your day has been awesome.

onrust (author)sunshiine2012-07-15

Yea, I guess "Hippie Steak" is not an actual recipe and I'm having $ issues. No worries girl. What doesn't kill me only makes me stronger :)

onrust (author)onrust2012-07-15

I always like looking at your brands of products (and canucksgirl) because I've never seen them.

onrust (author)onrust2012-07-16

Jello is the same box

sunshiine (author)onrust2012-07-16

We have those! Of course the popular name brands are very good.

onrust (author)sunshiine2012-07-17

other than Frys Walmart or Bashas store brand i guess i dont get out much.

sunshiine (author)onrust2012-07-17

Don't feel like the Lone Ranger. You could almost count on two hands how much I have been out this past year. At least we have saved on gas!

canucksgirl (author)onrust2012-07-15

LOL... You make me laugh.

onrust (author)canucksgirl2012-07-15

Oh yea, you should hear my Romney. I made'm up but they are a bit Mormon trashy. On the same not they where deemed nice by 4 different Mormons..... go figure

canucksgirl (author)onrust2012-07-15

Liberal Mormons... :P

onrust (author)canucksgirl2012-07-16

Will the white house dinners serve that moroni dish on talking gold plates? :)

canucksgirl (author)onrust2012-07-16

Couldn't get much weirder (even with the LDS). 

Isn't Obama a "non-practicing Methodist and Baptist" from a Christian mother and a father who's "confirmed Atheist" but formerly Muslim? 


sunshiine (author)onrust2012-07-15

What brands do you have in these products?

sunshiine (author)onrust2012-07-15

It is the getting stronger part that can be hard at the time but it does work.

bajablue (author)2012-07-16

So pretty!!!

sunshiine (author)bajablue2012-07-16

Thanks! You are an inspiration!

ckoehler1904 (author)2012-07-15

Thanks for including this recipe - brings back good memories of when I had it as a kid (6 decades ago). If I can remember if from so long ago, you know it has to be good and is definately worth a try. The only thing I would caution is NOT to use fresh pineapple since doing so would cause the Jell-O not to set due to enzymes from the fresh fruit....

sunshiine (author)ckoehler19042012-07-15

Thank you for commenting! I will add the pineapple suggestion to this instructable. Thanks again and have a great day! Sunshiine

canucksgirl (author)2012-07-15

Oh! That looks yummy. I love the color and will give it a try this summer. (I think I may even have some lime jello kicking around). ;)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-07-15

Thanks for commenting! It is so refreshing especially on a hot day. You could even try it with lemon/lime together. I like the flavor of the lime so I have always made it with just lime Jell-O. Have a cool day!

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