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Vintage Jell-O Recipe - Ginger Upper Salad

Updated on July 4, 2019
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Kimbesa enjoys making vintage Jell-O recipes and in the summer time, this one is a hit!

Lime And Ginger Ale in Jell-O Make a Refreshing Salad

Jell-O made with ginger ale. Not a new idea, and this sweet recipe leaves lots of room to make your own version.

I make mine with Lime Jell-O and diet ginger ale. (I like Canada Dry, but choose your own favorite.) And I like pears, but you can vary both the fruit and the Jell-O flavor to suit your own tastes, and what your family likes best.

There's something about the lime flavor that makes this dessert hit the spot with the right combination of tangy and sweet.

The soda gives it some zip, refreshing for summer, or any time you want a different twist on an old favorite.

Photos by kimbesa

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 5 hours 30 min
Ready in: 6 hours
Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Ginger Upper Jell-O Recipe

  • 1 small box (3 oz) lime Jell-O
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup diced pears (canned or fresh)


  1. Dissolve the Jell-O in boiling water, in a medium bowl. Add the ginger ale and lemon juice, and chill until very thick.
  2. Meanwhile, drain and cut up the pears.
  3. When Jell-O is thickened, fold in the pears. Spoon into a mold if desired. Chill until firm.
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Tips For My Gingery Jell-O Recipe

  • Be sure to use dead-ripe pears if using fresh ones. Canned pears work just fine, too
  • Test your favorite fruit and Jell-O flavors. Any combination that sounds good make a good Jell-O salad (but don't used fresh pineapple, as it contains enzymes that prevent the gelatin from firming up)
  • Test different brands of ginger ale, too. If you're in Michigan, for example, you might use Vernor's and see if you like it
  • Stir a bit of ground ginger, or minced candied ginger, into the Jell-O along with the water for even bigger zing!
  • Serve with a dollop of real whipped cream, to complement the gingery flavor. A dusting of ground ginger on the topping would be fun as well, if you really want to kick it up a notch!

The great thing about Jello is it can go as a salad, or a dessert. It can be as plain or as fancy as the occasion. And you have lots of room to experiment with different combinations.

Add Fruit When Jell-O Gets Thick

Add Fruit When Jell-O Gets Thick
Add Fruit When Jell-O Gets Thick

Ready to Serve

Ready to Serve
Ready to Serve

Lime, Pears and Ginger Ale - Tasty!

Ginger Upper Jell-O Salad Recipe
Ginger Upper Jell-O Salad Recipe

Is Ginger Upper Jell-O For You? - Do You Like Unusual Salads or Desserts?

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    • Genjud profile image


      6 years ago

      I love this salad, we had it a lot growing up on the farm.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      This looks really good. I'm definitely going to make it. My family loves Jello and ginger ale.


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