Lime Bavarian Salad: A Retro Recipe

I will have to say that it was regrettably an unfortunate incident that caused me to come up with this retro recipe for lime Bavarian salad. My mother, an octogenarian, was recently recovering from a short illness and doing quite well. My sister picked her from the hospital to go home on a chilly but sunny winter Saturday and was involved in a pretty serious car crash.

Back to the hospital they went, this time both as patients. A few cracked bones and bruises turned out to be quite devastating for my mother. My sister, although not admitted to the hospital, was quite banged up as well. So I took some time off to go and stay with Mom while Sis recovered.

Retro Salad Recipe

Lime Bavarian Salad
Lime Bavarian Salad

Stirring around in the still unfamiliar kitchen (she moved into a condo a few years ago), I happened upon her old cook book from the local women’s church group. Published in 1979, it contained all sorts of interesting recipes, all neatly typed in old typewriter pica type with the name of the Lady’s Auxiliary member submitting the recipe. They were neatly bound with plastic spirals and colorful dividers for the recipe categories.

During the 1960s and 1970s, congealed salads made with different flavors of gelatin, fruits, cheeses and other ingredients were popular. I am sharing what turned out to be one of my favorite retro recipes, a version of lime Bavarian salad.

There are several different Bavarian salad recipes from potato salads to fruit salads. This fruity jello salad incorporates crushed pineapple and lime jello with mozzarella cheese. Cool Whip and marshmallows add fluff and sweetness, while chopped pecans add crunch.

Try this retro salad for a change of pace from all those regular salads. It will compliment any meal.

  • 1 small can pineapple, crushed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small package lime jello
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 20 marshmallows
  • 1 large container Cool Whip

Lime Bavarian Salad Instructions

  1. place marshmallow and water in pan. heat until the marshmallows melt.
  2. add directly to the lime gelatin powder in a bowl.
  3. mix well and chill, but not until set.
  4. stir in pecans, cheese and pineapple.
  5. refrigerate several hours or overnight until set .
  6. if desired, garnish with sugared lime slice flowers with cherry centers.
start by melting marsh mellows in hot water.


stir in crushed pineapple, pecans and mozzarella cheese














stir in crushed pineapple, Mozzarella, and pecans












fold in Cool Whip. chill a few hours or overnight














Delicious, authentic Bavarian food reflects regional cooking that developed over centuries. Growing out of the rural areas, the recipes were refined by Bavarian dukes to serve to the royal court.

Some other Bavarian and starter dishes include warm red cabbage salad, sausage salad, potato salad with radishes, white cabbage salad with horseradish and cauliflower salad.


One Reply to “Lime Bavarian Salad: A Retro Recipe”

  1. Interesting how so many home cooks alter recipes to their own liking but also a good thing they do, as we’d be stuck in time when it comes to finding and choosing a new or retro recipe we’d like to give a go.

    That said.. In this case the calling for an addition of grated mozzarella instead of cream cheese or sour cream that I remember from years ago seems a wee bit too odd.

    Although I’m sure it tastes perfectly fine, I highly doubt I’d ever use mozzarella cheese in a recipe that’s not been cooked/heated through, ( a texture thing ) it’s good to see the oldies but goodies that graced many a kitchen table years ago are still making the rounds.


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