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Small Batch Pineapple Lime Jello Salad

This Pineapple Lime Jello Salad, also called Moon Glow Salad is made with lime jello, crushed pineapples, cottage cheese, and nuts. It is one of my most requested desserts and so easy to make!

a blue bowl filled with green jello fluff topped with nuts on a silver tray next to two lemon slices.

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 small batch 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.

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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.
  • This is a small batch recipe and the ingredients can be doubled if you'd like to make more.

Ingredients

mayonnaise, a can of pineapples, lime jello box, cottage cheese carton, and a bowl of pecans on a brown wooden cutting board.

Ingredient Notes

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

  • Jello: I use one 0.3-ounce (8.5 grams) package of sugar free lime jello.
  • Pineapples: I use half of a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapples. Since I have only found 8-ounce cans and 20-ounce cans of crushed pineapple in the grocery stores I shop at, I purchase the larger size and save the remaining pineapples to use in other recipes (see below). If you use the smaller sized (8-ounce) cans, use two.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayo is traditionally used in this recipe. You may use greek yogurt or plain lowfat yogurt if preferred.
  • Nuts: I love using chopped pecans, but you may use chopped walnuts instead.
  • Cottage cheese: Use small curd cottage cheese.

How To Make This Recipe

  • Drain the juice from 10-ounces of canned crushed pineapple and reserve the liquid in a measuring cup. Make sure to use a measuring cup or bowl that will hold at least 1 cup of liquid. Once you have the pineapple juice, add enough hot water so that you have 1 cup of liquid.
a pyrex measuring cup with a little pineapple juice in the bottom and a strainer filled with crushed pineapples resting over the top.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, drained pineapple, and mayonnaise. Cover the bowl and refrigerate to use later.
a white bowl filled with cottage cheese and crushed pineapples
  • Using another bowl, mix the packet of jello with 1 cup of liquid (the pineapple juice and hot water). Stir until diluted. Cover and refrigerate the jello for about an hour, until it begins to gel.
  • Remove the jello mixture from the refrigerator and whip it until it becomes frothy, about 5 minutes.
two photos: a white bowl filled with lime jello and a second white bowl filled with whipped lime jello next to electric beaters.
  • Stir the pineapple/cottage cheese mixture and the jello mixture together.
  • Add the nuts and stir.
  • Refrigerate until the mixture begins to firm, at least 4 hours.
pineapple lime jello salad with nuts in a white bowl on a brown wooden table

Expert Tips

  • Make sure the jello has just started to set before whipping it with the electric mixer. 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.
pineapple lime jello salad on a clear plate sitting on top of a beige lace napkin next to a bowl of jello salad.

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.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this pineapple lime jello salad recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Equipment Used

lime jello salad in a green bowl next to a floral napkin

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a bowl filled with jello fluff with nuts, pineapples, and cottage cheese

Small Batch Pineapple Lime Jello Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Course: Dessert, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keywords: jello salad, pineapple lime jello salad
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 319kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces canned crushed pineapple (half of a 20-ounce can)
  • 12 ounces small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 ½ tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 (0.3-ounce) packet sugar-free lime jello (8.5 grams)
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Drain the juice from the canned crushed pineapples and reserve the liquid in a measuring cup. Make sure to use a measuring cup or bowl that will hold at least 1 cup of liquid. Once you have the pineapple juice, add enough hot water so that you have 1 cup of liquid. Set aside.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the cottage cheese, drained pineapple, and mayonnaise. Cover the bowl and refrigerate to use later.
  • Using another bowl, mix the packet of jello with 1 cup of liquid (the pineapple juice and hot water). Stir until diluted. Cover and refrigerate the jello for about an hour, until it begins to gel.
  • Remove the jello mixture from the refrigerator and whip it until it becomes frothy, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir the pineapple/cottage cheese mixture and the jello mixture together.
    Add the nuts and stir.
    Refrigerate until the mixture begins to firm, at least 4 hours.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Make sure the jello has just started to set before whipping it with the electric mixer. 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 319kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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1 thought on “Small Batch Pineapple Lime Jello Salad”

  1. I Love your recipes for 1. But in this case I would make the whole batch size. It is one of my favorite jellos.

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