Furr’s Lime Jello Salad

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

a spoonful of lime jello salad

Lime Delight Jello Salad

Growing up, Jello salads were always served on 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 on special occasions.

Jello salad was one of those dishes that we all would gravitate towards. Lime is the most popular flavor. It’s tart, sweet, and pretty too! A delight for the eyes and the tastebuds.

Recipe Ingredients

This lime gelatin salad is made with a few simple ingredients. Chances are you already have everything on hand to make this delightful salad. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Jello lime gelatin
  • Water
  • Canned crushed pineapple
  • Small curd cottage cheese
  • Cool Whip whipped topping
  • Pecans
lime jello salad ingredients

How to Make Lime Jello Salad

If you have never made a Jello salad, you will find that they are very easy to make. This recipe is great for a beginner cook.

Here are the recipe steps:

  1. Combine gelatin and hot water in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Add cold water and stir to combine.
  4. Add crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, and Cool Whip.
    lime jello and cottage cheese in a bowl
  5. Stir until smooth and blended with no large whipped topping lumps.
  6. Pour the Jello mixture into a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  7. Sprinkle pecans on top.
  8. Refrigerate for several hours or until set.

If you haven’t tried this creamy sweet lime green Jello 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.

lime jello salad in a glass dish

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Furr’s Lime Jello Salad

Here is a fancy and fun green Jello salad with sweet lime flavor.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Furrs Cafeteria Green Jell-O Salad, Lime Jello Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 194kcal


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


  • Place the lime gelatin in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 cups of boiling water and stir until the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Add 1 cup cold water into mixture and stir to combine.
  • Add drained crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, and Cool Whip whipped topping.
  • Stir mixture until the mixture is smooth and blended. There should be no large lumps of the whipped topping.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  • Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
  • Refrigerate until set.


You can lightly toast the pecans if desired.


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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  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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