Old-fashioned lime 7 Up Salad recipe with pineapple and Cool Whip. A favorite in the Midwest--perfect for summer get-togethers.
7 Up Jello Salad
Growing up in the Midwest, 7 Up Salad was a staple at church picnics, fish fries, neighborhood gatherings, and family parties.
Somewhere along the way I kind of stopped eating them... What was wrong with me?! Why would I have deprived myself of this goodness?
You might think this is weird, but I actually crave this fluffy, creamy, refreshing dessert recipe.
Sometimes, I like to add a few mini marshmallows when I fold in the whipped topping for extra, pillowy goodness. Give it a try!
Work quickly! To prevent 7 Up Jello from setting up before you are finished, have all of your ingredients and tools ready before starting.
- Boiling water-Actual boiling water is essential to dissolve Jello powder. Not almost boiling. Boiling.
- Lime-flavored Jello provides the refreshing flavor that is the base of this salad and makes it the fun green color.
- Cream cheese contributes texture and creaminess to the salad.
- 7 Up or other lemon-lime soda helps increase the lime flavor profile.
- Whipped topping such as Cool Whip gives the fluffiness.
- Crushed pineapple brings texture and another layer of flavor.
Heat the water to boiling in the microwave or over medium high heat on the stovetop. Once the water is boiling, place it in a large mixing bowl.
Dissolve the Jello powder in the boiling water. Stir until dissolved which will take about 2 minutes. Don't skimp on the stirring, even if your arm gets tired.
If any lumps or flecks remain, keep stirring until all of the Jello has dissolved.
Using a hand mixer, mix the softened cream cheese with the hot gelatin mixture.
Add the 7 Up and stir.
Chill the gelatin mixture in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes or until partially set up.
Drain the pineapple and squeeze out all of the juice using a fine mesh strainer.
Stir the drained pineapple into the chilled 7 Up Jello.
Gently fold in the whipped topping using a rubber scraper. Be careful to keep the Cool Whip or whipped cream as fluffy as possible by bringing the Jello salad from the bottom and folding it over the top.
Transfer to a jello mold or baking dish, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap and place the Jello Salad back in the fridge. Chill it until firm, which will take at least 3 hours. If you have time for extra chilling, overnight works well.
After it's fully chilled, transfer to fun, individual serving dishes at this time, if desired.
- It is essential that the water is boiling (not just hot when you add the Jello) to ensure the sugar and gelatin actually dissolve.
- Stirring the gelatin into the boiling hot water until completely dissolved is essential when making Jello, of any type. If you can still see little granules of Jello powder floating in the hot water, keep stirring.
- Make sure your cream cheese is really soft before adding it to your Jello mixture. Mixing cream cheese into liquids is not easy, but having it really soft helps.
- Using the hand mixer, do your best to get the cream cheese mixed in the Jello liquid. Some small chunks of cream cheese may remain—don’t worry!
- Finished 7 Up salad will have have some texture to it. Some cream cheese bits won’t be a problem here at all.
- Draining pineapple-I find it easiest to use a fine mesh strainer for draining the juice from the crushed pineapple. Drain it over a bowl though to save the liquid gold. I provide some suggestions for uses below.
- For a quicker draining approach, sometimes I just use the lid of the can to squish the juice out. Just be sure to squeeze the pineapple enough to make it pretty dry.
Types of Jello That Can be Used in Old Fashioned 7 Up Salad
Lime Jello is my favorite Jello flavor for this recipe because I love the pastel green color of the finished salad and the cool refreshing lime flavor, but lemon Jello could certainly work.
Either would be delicious in this old-fashioned lime Jello salad recipe. Try them both and let me know which you like best.
Can I substitute Gelatin for Jello?
In short, no.
Jello is made with gelatin AND sugar, colorings, and flavorings.
Gelatin is ONLY gelatin. Plain Gelatin is used for thickening certain recipes, but is not what is needed for this recipe.
When a recipe calls for “gelatin” they typically mean plain gelatin. Plain gelatin is often used as a thickener but is not used for flavoring a dish.
What Can I Do with Pineapple Juice?
Save the pineapple juice! This is liquid gold. Pineapple juice comes in handy for all kinds of uses.
Use leftover pineapple juice in a smoothie, for a meat marinade, freeze it in ice cube trays, dip fruits to keep them from turning brown (bananas, apples, etc), add it to your mixed drinks, and …
The uses are endless. If you don't need it right now, pour the juice into ice cube trays or a flexible plastic bowl.
Then when it's completely frozen, pop it out of the bowl and place in a zip top freezer bag and label the bag for longer storage.
Why Should I Use Pineapple Juice in Meat Marinades?
Pineapple juice has an enzyme called bromelain that softens muscle fiber.
This enzyme reacts with the protein in meat such as chicken, beef or pork, to break it down and increases the meat's potential to absorb more moisture.
This is the reason why pineapple is one of the most preferred tenderizers. So, add your pineapple juice to your next meat marinade.
Plus, the added benefit of the slight sweetness it brings will have you singing.
Can I add other fruits?
Canned pineapple works great as a stir in 7 Up Jello Salad, but keep in mind that fresh mango, guava, kiwi, figs, papaya, ginger, and pineapple are just a few fruits that contain enzymes that prevent Jello from properly setting.
These fresh fruits should NOT be used in Jello. Isn't that neat? I love food science!
However, canned fruits can be used because the pasteurization process in canning destroys the enzymes.
Can I use Make 7 UP Salad Sugar-Free?
Yup! You can use the sugar free Jello flavors, diet soda pop, and sugar free whipped topping if you want to reduce calories and carbohydrates. No other modifications to the recipe are needed.
Can I make Old Fashioned 7 Up Lime Jello in Advance?
Yes! 7 Up Jello Salad holds up very well in the refrigerator for several days (if it lasts that long).
Kids and adults love to feel special. Make this simple dish feel special by pouring the mixture into:
- Jello Molds: there are all kinds of fun designs of molds that make Jello salads even prettier. I enjoy searching my local thrift stores to find retro molds to try.
- Wine Glasses or Champagne Flutes: 7 Up Salad naturally creates layers that will be visible if you use a clear wine or champagne flute.
- Jelly or Pint Canning Jars: Fill the jars, place on a tray and put in the fridge until serving. You could even cute this presentation up by tying ribbons that match your theme around the jar rim.
- Ramekins/Small Bowls: Perfect for individual serving! And... for holding me accountable for the volume of 7 Up Salad I've consumed.
- Lunch Box Containers: Pour the mixture into small, lidded containers to pack in your lunch. There are cheaper and healthier than those little cups you sometimes buy at the store. Plus, no container to throw in the trash!
Did You Try this Recipe?
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I love hearing from you! I'll do my best to respond to each comment.
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- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands before cooking
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
7 Up Salad
- 2 cups Water Boiling
- 6 ounce Lime Jello
- 6 ounces Cream Cheese very soft
- 2 cups 7Up
- 8 ounces Crushed Pineapple drained
- 8 ounces Whipped Topping
- Heat the water to boiling in the microwave or on the stovetop. Once the water is boiling, place it in a large mixing bowl.
- Dissolve the Jello powder in the boiling water. Stir until dissolved. About 2 minutes.
- Using a hand mixer, mix the softened cream cheese to the hot Jello mixture.
- Add the 7 Up and stir.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 60-90 minutes or until partially set up.
- Stir in the drained pineapple.
- Fold in the whipped topping.
- Cover with plastic wrap and place back in the fridge and chill until firm at least 3 hours, or overnight works well.