Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese

Lime gelatin, crushed pineapple, cottage cheese and Cool Whip are mixed together to make Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese.

Tart and zesty with a sweet twist this vintage green Jello salad recipe is refreshing, delicious and easy to make.

Close up piece of congealed lime jello salad next to square dish.

Green Lime Jello Salad Recipe

This old-fashioned Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese Recipe is just like the Jello salads my grandma made regularly.

Since boiling hot water is mixed with Jello once chilled this is a Congealed Jello Salad that holds together and can be cut into pieces. For a similar recipe that is also green in color, but doesn’t set up in the same way try our Cottage Cheese with Pineapple Salad.

The Jello or generic brand of gelatin really brings the lime flavor.  The cottage cheese adds a creaminess and protein that helps fill you up without overpowering the dish.  The crushed pineapple adds a sweet citrus flavor. Cool whip or whipped topping adds a lighter, cool flair that helps blend everything together. 

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A friend who enjoys shopping at antique stores picked up a couple vintage community cookbooks to share with me. Since our 7-UP Jello Salad and Orange Jello Salad are so popular on Pinterest I knew we had to try this lime gelatin salad as soon as I saw the recipe.

Crushed pineapple mixed into a square piece of lime jello salad with cottage cheese.

Lime Jello salad was traditionally served with lettuce and mayonnaise. We just like the idea of garnishing with whipped cream and maybe a couple maraschino cherries.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Lime Jello
  • Sugar
  • Hot water
  • Crushed pineapple in juice
  • Cool Whip
  • Creamy cottage cheese – small curd works fine too
Ingredients to make lime jello salad are whipped topping, sugar, lime gelatin, hot water, cottage cheese and a small can of crushed pineapple on a wooden counter top.

Is the Cottage Cheese Flavor Strong?

Cottage cheese bring a unique flavor that is light and accents the jello salad. The cottage cheese flavor is noticeable but not dominant. Pops of citrus lime and the sweetness of pineapple are more prominent flavors.

The green color of the jello salad also distracts your mind from seeing the cottage cheese.

If the texture of the cottage cheese is a concern it can be blended until smooth before adding to the recipe.

Square pan of vintage green jello salad on a bright pastel napkin.

How to Make Green Jello Salad

Dissolve gelatin in hot water. Stir in sugar and dissolve.

Stir well until all of the powder and sugar dissolve. The green color should be even and consistent. If there are dark, powdery spots keep stirring.

Then stir in undrained pineapple and refrigerate until congealed.

Lime green jello dissolved in mixing bowl with pineapple stirred in.

The mixture will begin to congeal when it transitions from warm to chilled.

Once the lime gelatin is cool and beginning to stiffen use an electric mixture to beat and make the mixture smooth. Add cottage cheese and use the mixer to help make a bit smoother.

Gently fold in defrosted whipped topping and spread in a dish. We use a square dish, but this is a great recipe to use a decorative or odd shaped dish.

Cottage cheese stirred into lime gelatin with pineapple in a white mixing bowl with a wooden spoon sticking out.

Cover and refrigerate the green jello salad at least an hour before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and use within 3 to 5 days.

Does a Jello Mold Need to Be Used?

A Jello mold is not necessary. Lime Jello salad can easily set up in a square pan. Just like our Applesauce Jello, this recipe should be doubled to fill a traditional Jello mold.

Close up square piece of smooth lime jello salad with cottage cheese on a white plate on a pastel napkin.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • The water doesn’t need to be boiling, but it needs to be hot enough to quickly dissolve the gelatin and sugar
  • I typically heat the water in the microwave in a coffee cup
  • Sugar is optional – I have left the sugar out before and the pineapple provides a nice natural sweetener
  • Creamy cottage cheese works best if available
  • Wait to mix in whipped topping until the mixture is cool. Adding whipped topping to a hot or warm mixture will melt it.
  • A cup of mini marshmallows can be added to about any old fashioned jello salad, but we prefer a smoother texture and do not use them here.
  • Dream whip can be substituted for whipped topping if desired, use half of the packet.
  • Double the recipe and serve in a 9 x 13″ dish or in a Jello ring.
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or nut pieces can be folded in with the Cool Whip if desired.

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Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake is a spin on so many classic sheet cakes and features a warm peanut butter flavor.

Watergate Salad uses instant pudding and mini marshmallows to make a simple side dish or dessert.

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Piece of cool lime jello salad

Lime Jello Salad with Cottage Cheese

Servings 9 servings
Author: Jennifer
Tart and zesty with a sweet twist this easy Jello salad recipe is refreshing and delicious.
4.89 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 3 ounces lime gelatin
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar optional
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple = 1 small can, undrained
  • 1 cup whipped topping defrosted
  • 1 cup cottage cheese


  • Dissolve gelatin and sugar in hot water.
    3 ounces lime gelatin, 3/4 cup hot water, 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Stir in pineapple and chill until mixture begins to stiffen, but is not firm.
    8 ounces crushed pineapple
  • Whip lime mixture using an electric mixer. Add cottage cheese and beat all together.
    1 cup cottage cheese
  • Fold in whipped topping.
    1 cup whipped topping
  • Pour in a flat pan, we use a square 8 x 8 or 9 x 9' pan. Chill.


-Serve with lettuce and mayonnaise if desired



Calories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 4gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 136mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 51IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

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  1. This is very similar to my grandmother’s recipe called “Nippy Salad”, main difference being she omitted sugar but included two tablespoons of horseradish. To me it’s classic Midwest “church basement food”, the sort of thing she and her peers would bring to potlucks.

    1. 5 stars
      Oh my goodness, this was one of my favorite jello salads of my husband’s grandma! And the same with horseradish in it! Such an old recipe, but it’s such a beautiful reminder of a sweet, sweet lady. She was 91 years young and that was 26 years ago. So special!

    2. Cheryl Sims says:

      5 stars
      Exactly the recipe my grandmother made, too, with the horseradish. The stuff memories are made of. She also had the 7-up salad recipe in her collection. Not sure when that last recipe came out but she lived from 1902 to 1998 so it must’ve been while she was still able to cook. So 1970’s to mid 1994-ish.

  2. D C Fowler says:

    5 stars
    My best friend used to make this with celery. I loved it. Thank you for reminding me.

    1. 5 stars
      I also add the fine chopped celery,, and fine shredded carrots, chopped walnut or pecans. crushed pineapple, lots of cottage cheese, and just a dollop of cool whip. I make it often.

  3. 5 stars
    I love this salad, I call mine “Spring Delight”

    1. 4 stars
      Nine set up great. Rinsed the cottage cheese under cold water to remove the milk fat. I would suggest to leave out the added sugar. Made it too sweet and not very tangy Debbie

  4. Barbara Kjos says:

    5 stars
    I received this identical recipe from a co-worker in 1965. It didn’t come with any instructions and I didn’t know what to do with the cottage cheese or when to put it in. I learned my interest in cooking from this salad! I will now save it with all the instructions! Thank you!

  5. The one I make is similar but uses lime jello AND pineapple jello (if you can find it). I buy from the States. I also put half a cup of finely chopped celery for the crunch, and instead of cool whip I use a cup of mayonnaise. No need to use a mixture to make it smoother. The texture of the ingredients is what makes it so tasty. Mine also uses no extra sugar other than what’s in the jello and crushed pineapple.

  6. Donna Sharp says:

    5 stars
    My grandmother made something similar that was called “Lime Jell-O Salad”, but she just used the curds from the cottage cheese, shredded carrots, crushed pineapple, raisins and Walnuts. No added sugar or whipped topping. It wasn’t creamy like this one you could see through it. She used a mold too. It looked pretty, but I don’t like savory and sweet mixed together. She would make that for holidays and she would make a dried down version during the summer with carrots and pineapple that I liked. She would sometimes use orange Jell-O too.

  7. My grandma made this quite often. Thanks for letting me remember it.

  8. Caryn Pope says:

    5 stars
    My mother always made this as a side salad for vegetable beef soup or chicken stew. So yummy!

  9. 5 stars
    My mom made this salad alot for family dinners when l was growing up. I am adding sweet memories to my ingredient list.

  10. Dawn Hanson says:

    reminds me of my granny’s holiday jello this is on the bottom except has the mayo/miracle whip in it no cottage cheese and uses melted marshmellows instead of cool whip, once set layer black cherry jello on top and put bing cherries in the top layer, very pretty for Thanksgiving and Christmas

  11. My Mom made this and I have been making it for years. I add in a package of Black Walnut pieces and also mix up a sauce to put over it. Mix Miracle Whip, catsup and sugar until you like the taste. If too thick, add in a bit of milk. Tart and sweet…soooo good. Put this over your serving, not the whole salad.

  12. I make this from my aunt’s recipe, what did not know was she had a habit of leaving out an ingredient from her favorite recipes. My cousin found out the added a package of Knox’s gelatin, it makes it a little firmer. She also added finely chopped celery and pecans. No whipped topping, beaten evaporated milk instead.

  13. Made it today and it was watery very good but watery. Don’t know what I did wrong.
    I am going to try it again next week, hoping it comes out firm.
    My mom always made it and hers was always firm.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There – hmmm…I’m not sure either as mine is typically firm. Maybe try to drain any extra liquid off of the cottage cheese? Hope you enjoy!

    2. In case you didn’t already know: Did you use fresh pineapple? The papain enzyme in fresh pineapple will dissolve the gelatin, the enzyme is denatured when the pineapple is cooked.

  14. 5 stars
    This is the BEST salad and reminds me of holidays when I was a child. My mom always made this salad, and added sliced green olives to the top. The saltiness of the olives compliments the sweetness of the jello. Try it, it is delicious!

  15. My mom always made this when I was growing up too but we never added water. Just add the lime jello to the pineapple to get it mixed in. Yummy I love this salad. One year for Christmas I bought my Mom 12 boxes of lime jello so she could make it once a month at least LoL

  16. 5 stars
    5 star recipe ❤️❤️❤️

  17. 4 stars
    Don’t do as the recipe says and “whip with an electric mixer” or you and your kitchen will BOTH WEAR IT.

    I substituted 7-up for the water and added a quarter cup of crushed walnuts and it turned out well. Sugar free jello also works.

  18. 5 stars
    This is similar to a recipe I got from my mother-in-law. Biggest difference is sour cream instead of whipped topping. I dissolve 2 small packages of lime Jell-O in 2 cups boiling water. Stir in 1 8 oz carton of sour cream until melted. Stir in 1 20 oz can of crushed pineapple with juice and 1 16 oz carton of cottage cheese. It fits well in a 8×11 inch pan. We have it several times a year.

    1. Sour cream sounds lovely in it. We don’t have cool whip in Australia. I make my own using whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla, but a sour cream substitute sounds nice. Thanks!

  19. 5 stars
    Yummy salad, so much like one my mom used to make!! Has anyone tried making it with sugar-free Jello?

    1. Sugar free works just fine!

  20. 5 stars
    Just like my family’s recipe—-that was lost/forgotten…..
    glad I found this one! Ours didn’t use miracle whip/mayo or celery as I’ve seen in other recipes.
    Thanks for posting this one!

  21. My great grandmother passed the 7-up jello down to us. We use 6 oz Lime jello, 1 block cream cheese, 2 cups 7 up, 1 can drained crushed pineapple, 1 16 oz tub of large curd cottage cheese, and halved pecans mixed in… this recipe is beyond amazing.. it’s not the holidays without it!!!

  22. 5 stars
    Been making this toooo many years. Grandson loves it and would make it as a snack for him. Have it every holiday too.

  23. 5 stars
    I made this recipe back in the early 70’s. Loved this recipe and I have been looking for it. Mine got lost many years ago. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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