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Vintage Seafoam Salad

A deliciously light, refreshing salad made with sugar-free lime Jell-O, canned pears, cream cheese and whipped cream.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Dessert, Salad, Side Dish
Keyword: cream cheese, fruit salad, Jell-O, pears, whipped cream
Servings: 4


  • 1 15 oz. can Pears in syrup (reserve syrup after opening)
  • 1 c. Pear syrup
  • 1 small box Lime flavored Jell-O® (alt: 1 small box sugar-free)
  • 6 oz. Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Tb. Whole milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 c. Whipping cream (regular or heavy)


  • Measure out 1 cup of syrup from the pears (if not quite 1 cup, add a little water to bring it to 1 cup); pour into a small saucepan and bring to boil.
  • Place Jell-O in a medium mixing bowl. When syrup comes to a boil, pour it into the Jell-O and stir until fully dissolved. Set aside to cool 2-3 minutes.
  • Place pears in a small bowl and mash to a fine consistency using a fork, wood spoon or potato masher; set aside.
  • Whip the cream to soft peaks; set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, use a hand mixer or immersion blender to beat the cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add cooled Jell-O mixture and blend to combine. Fold in pears and whipped cream and mix until the consistency is smooth.
  • Using a fancy mold or just a smooth, medium-sized bowl, dab in a drop or two of vegetable oil and spread it all around with your fingers. Pour the Jell-O mixture into the mold/bowl and refrigerate 3-4 hours, until firm.
  • When ready to serve, place the mold/bowl into a larger bowl filled with warm water for about 2 minutes, then invert over your serving dish and it should pop out. If not, try the warm water bath again and maybe even run a thin spatula, dipped in warm water, around the edges :)


Note: this makes a small mold, so if you're serving a larger crowd, definitely double the recipe :)