Retro 7-Up Salad with Lime Jello and Marshmallows

Retro 7 Up Salad with lime jello, marshmallows, and cream cheese.

This retro, family-friendly 7-Up Salad dessert recipe was passed along to me by my dear mother-in-law. So, Gloria, we thank you for adding your special touch of sweetness into our world! This is the classic 7-Up Salad with lime jello, marshmallows, and cream cheese (and lots of fruit)!


7-Up Salad with lime jello and marshmallows topped with red cherries.

To clarify, my husband demanded (for years) that I learn how to make this recipe which he grew up eating during the holidays.

The lime jello, white marshmallow whip, and red cherries make this a beautiful Christmas side dish which also doubles as dessert.


Bowl of 7-Up Salad with lime jell-o and marshmallows topped with red cherries.

Serve it up on your plate next to all of that turkey and stuffing this holiday, and you’ll have managed to find the perfect savory-sweet balance that we all look for in a festive meal.


7Up Salad with lime jello and marshmallows topped with cherries.

Here are the basics for whipping up this super easy, vintage dessert.


Softened block of cream cheese and lime jello powder in white bowl.

First, soften your cream cheese in the microwave (about a minute) and then add the packet of lime jello powder.


Softened cream cheese mixed together with bright green lime jello powder.



Marshmallows melting into 7-Up in a pot.

Pour a can of 7-Up into a saucepan over medium heat. Add about 15 marshmallows, and stir frequently until they melt.


Melted marshmallow 7-up being poured into cream cheese jello mixture.

Slowly pour the 7-Up mixture into the bowl with the cream cheese jello mixture.


Marshmallow 7Up and cream cheese jello all whisked together.

Whisk it up until smooth.


Can of fruit cocktail being poured into 7-Up cream cheese mixture.

Mix in the drained fruit cocktail (two 15-oz cans). You can substitute or add in any type of fruit you’d like here.


7-Up cream cheese mixture and fruit cocktail with additional cherries.

I added a handful of red cherries because they’re so vibrant and they give a nice plump texture to a spoonful of this delicious dessert.

Mandarin oranges would also be a great addition. Those little orange sweeties are a kid-favorite!


7Up Salad mixture covered with plastic wrap and stored in refrigerator.

Cover it with plastic wrap, and pop it into the fridge overnight or until the jello is set.

The pic above is not the best photo (sorry!). I need to invest in some cuter storage/serving bowls (with lids). I’m putting these vintage-looking babies at the top of my wish list (hubby, are you paying attention?):


If you’re like my kids and can’t wait until tomorrow to dig in to this scrumptious treat, just wait about 4 hours for the jello mixture to set.


Three boys helping me make 7-Up Salad in the kitchen.

The boys actually followed the directions and prepared this recipe while I took the pictures. It’s that easy!


Cool whip added to the bowl of set 7-Up Salad jello mixture.

After the jello mixture has had time to firm up, fold in the thawed cool whip and serve!

If you’re visiting family and friends for the holidays and taking this as a side dish, you can transport the refrigerated jello mixture and the tub of cool whip separately.

When you arrive, simply combine and serve.


Two small glasses filled with 7-Up Salad topped with cherries.

My husband loves this dessert even more the following day when we pull out the leftovers.

The flavors seem to gel and strengthen overnight, which provides more of a flavor punch to help us get through our post-holiday food-hangover (Ahem…couldn’t have been the drinks).

Here’s the full, printable recipe. You (and your kids) are going to love it!

7-Up Salad with Lime Jello and Marshmallows

7-Up Salad with Lime Jello and Marshmallows


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can (or 12 oz) 7-Up soda
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • 1 small box lime Jello
  • 2 15-oz cans fruit cocktail, drained (Or other fruit to your preference)
  • 1 container cool whip
  • (Optional: walnuts, crushed)


  1. Soften cream cheese in microwave (about a minute)
  2. Mix softened cream cheese and jello in large bowl
  3. Add 7-Up and marshmallows to medium saucepan and heat over medium until melted, stirring frequently; Remove from heat
  4. Slowly pour 7-Up mixture into bowl with cream cheese mixture and stir with whisk
  5. Mix in drained fruit
  6. Refrigerate overnight or until set (about 4 hours)
  7. Thaw cool whip overnight in refrigerator
  8. Fold in thawed cool whip before serving and enjoy!


This recipe is also linked up with other zesty food bloggers at Weekend PotluckFuntastic FridayPat and CandyPint Sized BakerColors and CraftAcross the BoulevardPieced PastimesThe Country CookMiz Helen’s Country Cottage and Rattlebridge Farm.

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  1. Okay, I know this is going to sound really weird, but my mom made this 7-Up salad ?when I was a kid and I’ve always loved it. But there was another one she made and I’m pretty sure it had Miracle Whip in it! Yeah…. Crazy, huh? Anybody know what I’m talking about, or heard of it? I’m a big fan of using Miracle Whip in recipes, maybe that’s why I’m remembering it. Help me out, everyone? Thanks in advance!


    1. We love this version with the cream cheese. I’m glad to hear it was a classic in your house as well! I haven’t tried the one with Miracle Whip, but if you do a quick google search for “lime jello salad miracle whip,” you’ll see a bunch of different variations, such as this one Let me know if you find the one your mom used to make; I’d love to try it!


  2. Wow, I can remember eating a similar jello as a kid! I’ll have to try yours out. Thanks for the memory and for linking it up with Funtstic Friday!


    1. Don’t you love it when a childhood memory is suddenly sparked? I have a really bad memory, so I usually count on my sisters to describe the moment for me as I strain to recollect it. Oh well, I guess that’s what videos are for!


    2. I remember this too. I think ours had crushed pineapple and celery in it though. Have to dig out my family recipe book to make sure.


      1. Crushed pineapple sounds like a delicious alternative to the fruit cocktail.


  3. This is one of those recipes that I look at and wonder how people came up with it. I’m sure it’s the most delicious thing ever but inventing it I’m sure was a strange experience. My hubby happens to like Ambrosia. I imagine this is pretty similar? Thanks so much for posting this at the #funtasticfriday link party for me to find.


    1. Hi Patty! We owe a lot to the jello salad recipe creators of the 60s–I’m sure they were on something, lol! I’ve seen some really strange jello molds out there. This one is probably similar to some ambrosia recipes, but it has cream cheese so it’s extra creamy with not as much fruit as ambrosia. Your husband will like it, I’m sure.


  4. just wondered…what size can fruit cocktail?


    1. Hi Kathleen! I use two 15-oz cans of fruit cocktail, but this recipe has wiggle room for more or less fruit, your preference!


  5. This looks yummy and I love cherries! What sized cans of fruit cocktail is used? I’m guessing 15-15½ oz.??
    Thanks much, Linda


  6. this sounds good but could you arrange for a printer friendly version for us readers thanks


    1. Hi Dave! If you scroll down to the end of the recipe, you’ll see the printer-friendly recipe! There’s a tiny pink ‘Print’ link in the upper right hand corner of the printable recipe. Hope it works for you!


  7. Grew up with a rice dessert made with the same ingredients as above but can’t find a receipt for it .Does anyone have one?


    1. Wow, that sounds interesting! After a bit of searching, I think what you’re looking for is “Glorified Rice.” Look it up in Pinterest, and you’ll see many varieties!


  8. What size cool whip did you use?


    1. Hi Priscilla,
      I used an 8 oz tub of Cool Whip. I accidentally purchased Lite Cool Whip this time, but you couldn’t tell the difference!


  9. Hi Cherry,
    Your awesome helpers no doubt make this retro salad a very special treat. Our family has a recipe that is very similar to yours and we can’t have a holiday without it. I always love family recipes! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen


    1. Thanks, Miz Helen. Don’t you just love throwbacks? I look forward to meeting up again this week at Full Plate Thursday!


  10. This looks fantastic. I grew up eating a lime 7-up jello salad that my mother made, but this salad is different. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday. I look forward to seeing more of your recipes.


    1. My mom used to make an orange fluff salad with cottage cheese, which I really loved. This one has a creamier texture (no cottage cheese) and a great limey kick. Let me know how you like it! I’ll see you next week at the link up!


  11. Hey Mommy!!!! It’s your cook-involved assistant! ( AKA your son ). We did such a good job making this creamy scrumtious 7-up salad :-). We should do another good delicious dessert…like my famous icecream! Um, yah my icecream didn’t go well the last time I made it all by myself. But anyway I really had fun making it!


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