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

This pineapple lime jello salad is one of my favorite desserts to make and eat. It's light and sweet, fresh and flavorful, and so very easy to make. This recipe is a variation of the lime jello salad my husband's mother has been making for years. It's a dish that shows up on every holiday dinner table and one that is requested by everyone in our family. My mother-in-law calls it "Moon Glow Salad", and it is absolutely delicious.

You might also know this nostalgic salad as Green Jello Fluff or Mormon Salad. It is a jello salad that was very popular in the 1970's.

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

Why This Recipe Works

  • It's easy to make.
  • Pineapple Lime Jello Salad tastes amazing! It's made with crushed pineapples, lime jello, cottage cheese, and nuts.

Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Pineapple: Use a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapples. Drain and save the juice.
  • Cottage Cheese: Use small curd cottage cheese.
  • Greek Yogurt: I use greek yogurt in this recipe. You may use plain low-fat yogurt or mayonnaise if preferred.
  • Lime Jello: I use 2 small packages of sugar-free lime jello.
  • Pecans: I love using chopped pecans, but you may use chopped walnuts instead.

Pineapple Lime Jello Salad in a large bowl

How To Make This Recipe

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

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

Expert Tips

  • Feel free to use sugar-free jello, if you'd like.
  • Make sure the jello has just started to set before whipping it. You should notice that the jello looks like it is thickening up a bit, but is not completely firm.
  • Use chopped pecans, walnuts, or you can leave the nuts out completely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Serve Pineapple Lime Jello Salad?

I love this salad so much that I could eat it as a meal. It makes a great dessert and can also be served as a side dish.

How Long Does Jello Salad Last? 

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Pineapple Lime Jello Salad

This delicious Pineapple Lime Jello Salad is a family favorite recipe made with cottage cheese, crushed pineapple, pecans and yogurt!
4 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Salad
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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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