Furr’s Lime Jell-O Salad

Furr’s Lime Jell-O Salad is a popular and favorite dish at the buffet restaurant. The addition of cottage cheese and pecans make for a fine gelatin salad. This isn’t too sweet and is perfect for a meal.
a spoonful of lime jello salad

Growing up, Jell-O salads were always served at special occasions, when dining at Furr’s Cafeteria we had the opportunity to enjoy some of those wonderful classic dishes that we could only enjoy special occasions. Jell-O salad was one of those dishes that we all would gravitate towards.

lime jello salad ingredients

This salad is made with lime Jell-O, pecans, pineapple, cottage cheese, and Cool Whip. Chances are you already have everything on hand to make this delightful salad. If you have never made a Jello Salad, you will find that they are very easy to make. So if you are a beginner cook, you will find this one is very easy to make.

lime jello and cottage cheese in a bowl

If you haven’t tried this creamy sweet lime Jell-O salad you are missing out on a real treat. You don’t have to enjoy this one for special occasions you can make it any night of the week.

Furr’s Light Green Jell-O Salad

lime jello salad in a glass dish

More Furr’s copycat recipes to try:

Furr’s Fruit Punch Jell-O Salad

Furr’s Cafeteria Pineapple Millionaire Pie

a spoonful of lime jello salad

Furr’s Lime Jell-O Salad

Here is a fancy and fun green Jell-O salad. 
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Furrs Cafeteria Green Jell-O Salad
Servings: 10
Calories: 194kcal


  • 6 ounces lime gelatin 2 small boxes
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple drained
  • 16 ounces small curd cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed pecans
  • 8 ounces Cool whip
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water


  • In large mixing bowl empty gelatin. Add the two cups of boiling water and stir until gelatin is dissolved. Pour 1 cup cold water into mixture and blend. 
  • To mixture add drained crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, and whipped topping. Stir mixture until whipped topping is smooth and blended, there should be no large lumps of topping. Pour into a 9" x 13" pan and sprinkle nuts on top, chill until set.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Jaky Broussard

    I worked for Furr’s in the mid 80’s and even trained a salad department for an opening in California. While I don’t remember exact quantities, I am positive the ingredients include lime jello, water, crushed pineapple, mayonnaise, evaporated milk, cottage cheese and pecans. There is no whipped topping in Furr’s recipe. This was my absolute favorite thing to eat at Furr’s!

  2. Rebel

    I was a salad backer at Furrs Cafeteria in the late 70 and early 80s. This would be called Lime Delight.
    I don’t recall whipped cream for some reason???

    • Rosie

      Theres is a salad at Furr’s that I want to make but not sure what its in there ☹️ it’s green too but for the taste, seems like imitation crab. All the ingredients are white and green. Any change someone knows what it is?

  3. sharron

    have used this for years I add1/4 cup grated cheese and 1 cup carrots making this about 3weight watcerpoins sharron

  4. Michael Pringle

    My family makes a version of this for special occasions such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Differences: Pistachio pudding powder only(6 oz box), no water, use the “cool whip” or the store brand of it and very, very well drained pineapple and the cottage cheese for any needed liquid. They used to call it “green stuff” but when the Grandma made once with a strawberry or cherry jello, still with no extra water, and it becomes a pink color, so when the grandkids saw this, they called it “pink green stuff” or sometimes it would be “green pink stuff”. This is a thick mixture and goes well with any meal. It does taste good. Give it a try and see. I dare you!

    • MAry

      Michael Pringle
      Please post the recipe, I love the pistachio salad and have been looking for it. I remember eating it at lubbys when I was a kid. Thank you

  5. Georgia

    I make this, jello water can pineapple with juice and 2 tbsp. Sugar , boil 1 minute, chill til jelled add cottage cheese ,cool whip and chopped walnuts, comes out perfect every time!

  6. Daisy Rose

    Mama’s Green Christmas Salad was similar, but she used 16 oz. cream cheese (mixed with jello water) in place of cottage cheese. Let jello cheese cheese mixture partially set (chilling in fridge). Then gently folded in pineapple, drained. Cover top with miniature marshmallows and chopped pecans. Back to fridge to solidify overnight. She always insisted we had at least one ‘green’ vegetable with dinner, be it beans, peas, greens, or salad. We kids called this our ‘greens’ and ‘salad’ and would ‘convince’ Mama we were being doubly good, because of Christmas. Yeah, Mama knew, even though she tried to act ‘put-out’ with us. Remember…she made it for us, made sure it was ‘green’ and called it ‘salad’… {]:< ] ~

  7. Nshargis

    I used the pineapple juice as part of the 1 cup cold water and it did not gel. Also I think maybe it would gel better if jello was chilled a little before adding the remaining ingredients.

    • Michael Pringle

      I believe Waldorf salad has coconut flakes and miniature marshmellows in it as well. Sometimes the Pecans are changed to Walnuts in this salad. Some people like it this way. Personally I do not knowingly eat anything with big chunks of Walnuts in it as they are disgusting, again to me. I know others like Walnuts, but to each their own.

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