Pineapple Lime Jello Salad

This delicious Pineapple Lime Jello Salad is a family favorite recipe made with cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, pecans and Greek yogurt! 

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad in a large bowl

I really hesitate to call this pretty Pineapple Lime Jello Salad a salad because it's so much more than that.  We often serve it as a side dish alongside the main course but we've also eaten it as a dessert too.

This wonderful recipe comes to me from my mother-in-law who has been making this sweet and tasty treat for years.  She told me she first enjoyed "Pineapple Lime Jello Salad" or as she calls it, "Moon Glow" in the early 70's when progressive dinners were popular.

Do you remember those?  Progressive dinners were parties where each course is prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts.

Progressive dinners are such a great idea.  I wish we had them in my neighborhood.  It's such a great way to connect with your neighbors.

A scoop of Pineapple Lime Jello Salad on a small plate next to a spoon

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad

Since that dinner party way back in the 70's my mother-in-law has been making her "Moon Glow" ever since.  It's become a her traditional holiday dish and we beg her to make it every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Since Pineapple Lime Jello Salad is so easy to make, I often make it for my family at various other times throughout the year.

A scoop of Pineapple Lime Jello Salad on a small plate

Ingredients In Lime Jello Salad

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad has an interesting line-up of ingredients with lots of great flavors.  Crushed pineapple, pineapple juice and lime jello are the stars of this dish combined with cottage cheese, greek yogurt and pecans.

My mother-in-law adds mayonnaise her her recipe, but I like to use Greek Yogurt instead (please don't tell).

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad is also healthy enough for me to eat for breakfast which I've done on many occasions!

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad in a large bowl

Besides its great taste, this pretty dessert (or salad) is easy to make and by using sugar free jello, it's low in calories too.

Have you ever heard of Moon Glow Salad before today?

A scoop of Pineapple Lime Jello Salad on a small plate next to a large bowl of pineapple lime jello salad and a spoon

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad Recipe

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4 from 2 votes

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad

This delicious Pineapple Lime Jello Salad is a family favorite recipe made with cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, pecans and yogurt!
Prep Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Salad
Keyword: lime jello, pineapple, salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple (drain the juice and save)
  • 24 oz carton of small curd cottage cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
  • 2 small packages sugar-free lime jello
  • ½ cup pecan chips


  • Drain the juice from the can of crushed pineapple and reserve the liquid in a measuring cup.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the cottage cheese, drained pineapple and greek yogurt. Cover and refrigerate to use later.
  • Using another bowl, mix the 2 packets of jello with 2 cups of liquid. (First, measure the juice from the can and add hot water until you have 2 cups liquid). Stir until diluted.
  • Cover and refrigerate the jello mixture until it begins to gel, about 1 hour.
  • Remove the jello mixture from the refrigerator and whip it until it becomes frothy, about 10 minutes.
  • Mix the pineapple mixture and the jello mixture together.
  • Stir in the nuts.
  • Refrigerate until it begins to firm, 4 hours.

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15 thoughts on “Pineapple Lime Jello Salad”

  1. 4 stars
    My grandmother used to make this for every big family dinner. I LOVE it!
    Hers was lime jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, walnuts, and horseradish! 🙂
    (Trust me, amazing!)

  2. My grandmother used to make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas but her version included prepared horseradish, condensed milk and Miracle Whip. One of our family favorites! We call it “green stuff.” Now I make it every year and think of Granny each time <3

  3. 4 stars
    I've been looking for my mom's recipe on Lime Jello Salad but couldn't find it. This is as close to it as I could recall. I remember she used one box lemon and one box lime… I remembered she used mayo instead of the yogurt. I also seem to remember marshmallow's but I don't think they are necessary.
    Hoping the family will love it as much as my Mom's today at Thanksgiving dinner.

    1. Hi Nancy, my mother-in-law used mayo in the original recipe. I use greek yogurt in mine. I've got a bowl in my fridge right now and can't wait to enjoy it at dinner. Hope your family enjoys the recipe as much as we do. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T

    I’m such a sucker for jello salads! There more addicting than cookies to me. 🙂

    1. I love them too Julie. I think they’re addicting to me because they’re a lighter salad/dessert and I manage to feel less guilty about eating several servings of them. Sugar free jello, pineapple and cottage cheese – it’s all good 😉

  5. This looks great Joanie! We make something similar but with strawberry instead of lime! Totally a family favorite! 🙂

  6. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    I have never heard of this salad before! This is why I love food blogging, you are introduced to so many recipes that you never knew possible!

  7. Sara @ Bitz & Giggles

    My husband’s side of the family loves jello salads. This one would be perfect at an Easter dinner! Pinning to share with my family!

  8. I was first introduced to that lime-pineapple salad by my in-laws when I first married my husband. It has long been one of their family favorites!

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