Under-the-sea salad: A savory ’80s Jello recipe

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It’s green. It’s molded. It’s studded with pears. It’s the ’80s version of the Jell-O classic – Under-the-sea salad!

Cool them off with Jell-O brand gelatin (1982)

See the 1963 version of this molded gelatin delight here: Under-the-sea Jell-o salad.

Under-the-sea salad retro jello recipe (1982)

Under-the-sea Jell-O salad (1982)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Additional Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes


  • 16 ounces pear halves
  • 3 ounces Jell-O brand gelatin -- lime flavor
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


  1. Drain pears, reserving 3/4 cup of its syrup.
  2. Dice pears and set aside.
  3. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add reserved syrup and lemon juice.
  4. Pour 1-1/4 cups into a 8- by 4-inch loaf pan.
  5. Chill until set but not firm, about 1 hour.
  6. Meanwhile, soften cheese until creamy.
  7. Very slowly blend in remaining gelatin, beating until smooth.
  8. Add cinnamon and pears and spoon into pan.
  9. Chill until firm, about 4 hours.
  10. Unmold and garnish as desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

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Retro green lime jello salad - Under the sea

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