Lime Jello Salad with sour cream and pineapple is an easy vintage Jello recipe that you make with just 4 ingredients. Perfect for potlucks and holidays and tastes just like Mom and Grandma used to make!
I think I've told you how much I love retro recipes, especially vintage Jello salad recipes! I get the biggest thrill from browsing through old cook books, and I adore the fact that one bite of an oldie but goodie can immediately take you back to your childhood and bring back some happy memories. And that's exactly what happened when I made this retro lime Jello salad for the Hubs.
So when I was planning what summer side dishes I wanted to make, the Hubs mentioned that Jello salad recipes were some of his favorite, and he kept mentioning this lime gelatin one over and over.
My husband's mom used to make this salad with lime Jello, sour cream, pears and pineapple. That's it!
I have a similar lime salad recipe from my grandma that uses cream cheese instead of sour cream. This one is much simpler, though.
How to Make Lime Jello Salad
This is one of the easiest jello salad recipes I've ever made. It's practically foolproof!
First, add the Jello gelatin powder to a mixing bowl or a large casserole dish. I usually just mix it in the same dish as I serve it. Then, pour in a cup of boiling water, and mix until the gelatin is dissolved.
After the gelatin is completely dissolved, add the pears, pineapple and sour cream. Next, stir everything together until well blended.
The sour cream took the longest to blend in. You might have some small lumps of sour cream, but just mash them with the spoon until they dissolve.
When the salad is nice and creamy, smooth it out in the casserole dish. Then, pop it into the fridge to set.
It takes about 4 hours for the Jello to set completely. After that, go ahead and dig right in!
Actually, the kids and I used to refer to this dish as Jello Ewww. But then we tried it, and we actually liked it!
The Hubs loved it, and he ate it with the same enthusiasm that I reserve for chocolate, so I think I did something right!
How to Store
Store this lime gelatin salad in the refrigerator. It keeps for about 4 days before it starts to break down. You can make it a day or 2 ahead of time.
So, if you're looking for a refreshing summer salad that's a blast from the past, give this one a try. It's creamy, tangy and tastes wonderful on a warm summer day. And if you happen to remember this or have a recipe for a similar dish, I'd love to hear about it!
Lime Jello Salad
- 1 6 oz box of Lime Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 15 oz can diced pears drained
- 1 15 oz can crushed pineapple do not drain
- 1 16 oz tub of sour cream
- boil the water on the stove or in the microwave
- In a large bowl or shallow serving dish, mix the Jello and the boiling water until fully dissolved
- Stir in the pineapple, pears and sour cream, and mix until well blended
- Refrigerate for about 4 hours or until firm
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
Recipe first published in 2016