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Green Jello Recipes Ideas for Holidays

Updated on November 15, 2015
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Green Jello Recipes for Holidays or Everyday

Who doesn't like jello? We grew up on it, we give it to our kids and eat it when we can't eat anything else. It wiggles, it molds and is just plain fun. It seems like at every family dinner party or potluck, a jello salad or mold shows up. Jello comes in a variety of colors and flavors that make it the perfect food for all holidays.

So with Saint Patrick's Day just around the corner, green jello is on the list. Just think of the items you can make to add to your all green Saint Paddy's Day party. For adult parties, green jello shots are number one. Lime jello also makes delicious salads to add to the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinners.

I use fun molds in shamrock shapes to make green jello shamrock wigglers that my grandkids love. Or you can add green jello to sugar cookies, cut into shamrock shapes and mix up a sugar icing that you can sprinkle with green sugar. The ideas just go on and on.

Ring Mold for Gelatin Salads

Tupperware Jel-Ring, Jello Mold, Ice Ring in Mint/Red by Tupperware
Tupperware Jel-Ring, Jello Mold, Ice Ring in Mint/Red by Tupperware

I have a ring like this from Tupperware for years now. In fact, mine is one of the original colors, green. They last for years when taken care of properly.

lime jello salad
lime jello salad

Lime Green Gelatin Salad

This recipe was started by my grandmother and passed down to my mother. She gave it to me to make while I was raising my family, and I passed it on to my son who makes it for his family too.

It is creamy, refreshing and easy to make. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 55 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 12


  • 1 12 ounce container Cool Whip
  • 1 16 ounce container of small curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1 6 ounce package of lime jello
  • 1 16 ounce crushed pineapple
  • 1 12 ounce can mandarin oranges


  1. Thaw the Cool Whip prior to making this salad.
  2. In a large bowl mix Cool Whip and Cottage Cheese together. Sprinkle dry jello over the cheese mixture and mix well.
  3. Drain the pineapple and oranges and add the drained fruit into the cheese mixture. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving.
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The Magic of JELL-O: 100 All-Time Favorite Recipes
The Magic of JELL-O: 100 All-Time Favorite Recipes

Find a lot more great recipes for all types of molds and salads using Jell-o.

green jello shots
green jello shots

Green Jello Shots

Perfect for an Adult Only Party!

Jell-o shots are fun for holiday parties for adults. Use lime jello for a green-themed Saint Patrick's Day party. At Halloween you can use orange, red and purple gelatin flavors for a festive look.

You can add a variety of different liquors in your jello shots, but vodka is the most popular spirit used in jello shot recipes.

All you need is:

  1. 3 ounce package of lime jello
  2. 6 ounces of water and 6 ounces of vodka.
  3. Put the jello in a bowl, add the boiling water and mix well.
  4. Mix in the vodka and place in the refrigerator to cool.

When cool, pour into shot glasses and refrigerate until set. Enjoy and Drink Sensibly!

How to Make Jello Shots - Step by Step Instructions

So You Want to Make a Gelatin Mold? Here's How:

green jello mold
green jello mold

How to Use a Gelatin Mold

Tips to Make it Easy

Making a green jello mold is quick and easy, especially if you follow these easy tips from a 1975 Tupperware 6 Cup Jel-Ring Jello Mold instruction booklet that I still own.

  • When adding fruit or vegetables, the amount of liquid added is usually decreased by 1/4 cup for each 3 ounce box of gelatin.
  • Before adding other ingredients chill gelatin until thickened, not set.
  • If gelatin isn't thick enough, ingredients may float or sink.
  • Gelatin should be completely firm before un-molding. It should not fell sticky on top or sag toward the side if mold is tilted.
  • Un-mold gelatin on a chilled plate to avoid any melting.If top of gelatin and serving plate are moistened before unmolding, the moist surfaces make it easier to slide gelatin mold to center of plate if it unmolds a bit off center.
  • A very light coating of vegetable oil may be used on mold, if desired.

It really is easy to use a gelatin mold following these or the manufacturers instructions that come with your gelatin mold.

More Family Recipes to Share!

Tupperware JEL RING MOLD Jello Desserts 2.5cup Aqua
Tupperware JEL RING MOLD Jello Desserts 2.5cup Aqua

This is a classic gelatin mold by a brand that has been around for years, Tupperware. I had several of these molds over the years without any complaints. They held up wonderfully.

salad mold
salad mold

Lime Jello Salad Mold Recipe

This is a recipe I received years ago from my favorite Auntie D! My aunt one of the best cooks I know, and has even written her own cookbook of which she donated all the proceeds to a children's charity.

This recipe is delicious and a perfect cold side dish for special holiday meals. Try it with your next special meal or get-together.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 8 1/2 hours

Serves: 12


  • 1 3 ounce package lime jello
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
  • 1 whole peeled cucumber
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 whole carrot
  • 1 small can crushed pinapple


  1. Drain pineapple and set aside.
  2. Pour lime gelatin into a large bowl and pour boiling water over top. Mix well until dissolved. Put in refrigerator to set slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, whip cream cheese in a separate mixing bowl until very smooth.
  4. Grate vegetables. Take gelatin from refrigerator and add the cream cheese, grated vegetables and drained pineapple, mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into a lightly greased mold. Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours to set well. Right before serving remove to serving plate.
lime jello in pan
lime jello in pan

Lime Jello Squares

Another Family Favorite! This is an easy recipe to whip up for any family gathering, potluck or neighborhood get-together. This is my mother-in-law's recipe and a staple at every family dinner.

We have made it with strawberry Jell-o and fresh strawberries. A great spring or summer dish.

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 45 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 12
  • 1 6 ounce package lime gelatin
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 15 ounce can of diced pears
  • 1 can Whipped Cream topping


  1. Place gelatin in 9 x 13 glass pan. Boil water according to directions and pour over lime gelatin. Mix until gelatin is disolved.
  2. Put the cream cheese into the hot mixture and break into pieces with a fork. Stir until almost all melted, but leave a little cream cheese chunks for texture.
  3. Add cold water and drained pear chunks. Stir to mix and place in the refrigerator until gelatin sets firm.
  4. Cut into squares and serve with a bit of whipped cream on top.
green jello
green jello

Are You a Jello Lover?

Tell us what you think of green jello.

Is is just a holiday favorite?

Or do you make green jello salads all the time?

How Often Do You Eat Green Jello?

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      Nancy Johnson 3 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @naz51j: It is one of my favorite colors (I mean flavors)!

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      naz51j 3 years ago

      i love lime green jello! it's good with veggies and fruit in it, or not. i even like the chemical coloring (well, maybe not completely), because it makes the jello a pretty green. green jello is my fav! (when i eat jello)

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      dc64 lm 5 years ago

      I love lime jello salad, and I want to try your recipe. It is different from my aunt's and I think I would like both.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      I'd give it a try!

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      cathywoodosborn 5 years ago

      We love lime jello...a really fun lens!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Wonderful and informative lens. Very well done!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      Green Jello is my fav! Happy St Patty's Day!

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      I told my mother NO. She made me eat it anyway. I barfed.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Just want to let you know that I have included one of your lenses in my Irish Desserts lens. Hope you don't mind. :) Have a nice day and Happy St. Patrick's day!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Love those Jello shots! I just had a St. Patty's Party this weekend and the Jello shots were the hit. NOT one left.