Furr’s Fresh Buffet or Furr’s Cafeteria has been a memorable dining place for families since 1940. Apart from making good memories, they also make an array of unforgettable food. And, for this recipe, we’ll be teaching you a fan-favorite. We will be making a Copycat Furr’s Light Green Jello Salad recipe, a fresh take on a typical salad or plain Jello recipe. A dish present since the post-world war, Jello’s, with their moldable shapes, were commonly used to improve the presentation of simple dishes. Back then women were completely in charge of housework. So, jello salads were one of the ways they were able to add decoration to their dishes without wasting much of their time.
Made from pineapple, cottage cheese, milk, mayo, and pecans encased in lime gelatin, this dish can easily be served any time of the day. It brings nostalgia to any household, whether it be a household tradition for your family or if you grew up on Furr’s food. Though this recipe calls for lime gelatin, it’s up to you if you want to switch it up. There are a variety of jello flavors lined up in supermarkets you can choose from. Since you’re using pineapples as well, set the juices aside for a fresh drink on the side. You can serve this for any type of gatherings and there will be no doubt that guests will come back for more.
For more Jello recipes, you can try our Strawberry Jello Shots for a fun party shot. Jello makes a great base for any recipe. You can also try making our Soda Jelly to serve it on the side. This is perfect for beginners who want to get their hands on hassle-free recipes as well. But first, let’s head right to making this Copycat Jello Salad.
How To Make Furr's Light Green Jello Salad
We’re bringing a hassle-free Furr’s copycat right into your kitchen. It’s a sweet and savory dish you and your family would definitely enjoy.
- 12 oz lime gelatin powder
- 8 oz heavy cream, chilled
- 2½ cups pineapples, roughly 20 oz, canned, crushed and drained
- 2 cups cream cheese , at room temperature, roughly 16 oz
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- ¼ cup pecans, roasted and finely crushed
- cooking spray
Using your cold mixing bowl, add your heavy cream and whip until stiff peaks form. Set aside in a chilled area.
In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese and beat for roughly 5 minutes until soft and pliable.
Add the drained pineapples and beat until incorporated. Set aside.
In another large mixing bowl, empty gelatin and add the boiling water. Stir until the gelatin has dissolved.
Pour the cold water into the mixture and stir.
Add the gelatin mixture into the pineapple-cheese mixture and fold until evenly incorporated.
Lastly, fold your whipped cream into your gelatin and cheese mixture until evenly incorporated.
Pour the mixture into a 9-inch greased springform cake tin of your choice and place the cake tin on top of a baking sheet.
Sprinkle the pecans on top and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours to overnight, or until the mixture has set.
When ready to unmold, heat the sides of your cake tin with a kitchen torch until just warm but not hot. You should also see the gelatin “detach” itself from the springform lid. You may also need an offset spatula to pry the gelatin from the mould.
Gently remove the springform lid, and portion accordingly. Enjoy your delicious jello salad!
- Sugar: 7g
- Calcium: 86mg
- Calories: 339kcal
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Cholesterol: 101mg
- Fat: 32g
- Fiber: 1g
- Iron: 1mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 9g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g
- Potassium: 168mg
- Protein: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 18g
- Sodium: 198mg
- Vitamin A: 1211IU
- Vitamin C: 25mg
Commonly Asked Questions
My Jello salad isn’t setting right. What can I do?
A common problem with this type of recipe is the pineapple. Make sure that your crushed pineapples are completely drained as pineapple juice prevents gelatin to set. Pat them with a paper towel for extra measure.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes! You can make them 3 days ahead of time as long as you store them in an air-tight container and placed in the fridge to chill.
ConclusionThis Copycat Furr’s Light Green Jello Salad truly takes you back to the ‘90s. The crushed pineapple gives a sweet and tangy flavor. The pecans are an added texture to the soft gelatin which would instantly melt in your mouth. You can also switch up the gelatin flavors to figure out which one is to your liking. Once you serve this on the table, it’ll be cleaned out in no time!
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