Grandma Porter’s Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit – Ruth’s Choice For The Glistening And Jiggly Contest

Posted on Aug 22 2012 - 6:06am by RetroRuth

This week’s fantastic gelatin is my choice for the most unique, different and delicious gelatin recipe that was submitted during our contest.


Grandma Porter’s Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit!

This recipe was sent in by April, who writes:

Hi Ruth,

This one I remember my great grandmother making when I was as young as 3 or 4, so that was 1953-54. As an adult, I became allergic to avocados, so I couldn’t eat it anymore, and in later years when I tried it on my kids, they got grossed out on the thought of canned grapefruit, so it’s a lost recipe that I hope you will enjoy. The avocados she used were from the backyard in California, sooo good!  I remember her serving it with lamb shanks, or sticky meat as I called it when I was little….another one of my favorite dishes that’s nothing more then a memory now. Hope you like it! Thanks for giving me a reason to go down memory lane, it was fun! Really enjoy your blog btw!

Thanks again,


5.0 from 1 reviews
Grandma Porter's Lime Jell-O with Avocado & Grapefruit
A unique retro gelatin recipe!
  • 1 small box of Lime Jello
  • 1 can of Grapefruit Sections chilled
  • 1 freshly sliced Avocado
  • Mayonaise
  1. Fix the jello according to package directions ( 1 cup boiling water to dissolve, then ½ cup cold water and ½ cup cold grapefruit juice from can)
  2. After the jello has set just a little, place grapefruit sections and avocado slices alternately down the tray (Grandma used to use aluminum ice cube trays to make this)
  3. Refrigerate and when firm serve with a little dollop of mayo on top



Okay, the first good thing about this recipe: Did you know that a vintage ice cube tray can be used as a gelatin mold??? I didn’t.  It turns out it is pretty much the perfect size for one package of gelatin plus a few extra goodies.


Also, this recipe was darn easy.  That being said, I STILL managed to mess it up. I know, right? Anyway, I forgot to add a bit of gelatin to the bottom to keep everything from floating all over. But it still ended up just fine.


And I actually thought it looked pretty unmolded, even after my screw-up. Or maybe that is just the “gelatin-crazy” talking. I did unmold a lot of ugly gelatin recently.


Tom thought it looked hilarious. But like that has ever stopped him before.


“What?” I said. “What does that look mean?”

“This…is actually good. “

From Tom’s Tasting Notes:

An amazing combination of flavors. Fascinating.

From Ruth’s Tasting Notes:

Not bad! Like nothing we’ve ever had before. Not gross at all.

The Verdict: Surprisingly good.

I know, you think I’m crazy. Just hear me out on this, okay?

I am not sure the culinary reasons behind this. In fact, this may just be a taste thing, but for some reason to me the avocado with the lime gelatin and the mayo was quite tasty. Maybe it is because I really love avocado. Maybe it is because I like grapefruit. Or maybe, just maybe, April’s Great-Grandmother was a dang genius.

Thanks for sending in a fun recipe, April!!

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8 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. MDeSutter August 22, 2012 at 9:53 am - Reply

    I think I’m going to just trust you on this one. I enjoy all three items separately but have to admit that they sound kinda gross together. It should get points for being unusual though. I just think that you and Tom are very “culinary brave” for trying all these unusual dishes!

    PS. Because of you I am fixing jello again! But every time I make a dish of it Steven says (jokingly), “it needs pineapple and olives” and I reply (jokingly), “how about tuna and chicken”. I am thinking of branching out from plain jello and adding things but it probably won’t be olives, tuna, or chicken. : )

  2. Sara In AZ August 23, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    For some reason this REALLY, REALLY terrifies me. I know you wouldn’t lie, but I just cannot fathom how this would taste good?????? Maybe one day I’ll work up the gumption to try this one out.

  3. April August 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Haha, gotta love Tom’s face… priceless! Thanks for posting Ruth, glad you liked it 🙂

  4. Katye Steuckrath September 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Hello – I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this recipe. My mom used to make this salad since I was a little girl. I was born in 1950. Our family had this every Thanksgiving and Christmas. When I started cooking the holiday dinners, I made this recipe. My kids kinda liked it. When they come home for holidays though, I still make it. My daughter-in-law likes it too. Yes, this did bring back memories. I was so pleased to see it here.

  5. Lisa February 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    My mom would make jello salads and a dressing made of miracle whip/a bit of sugar and milk. I can still taste it. Yum!

  6. Noelle November 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I cannot even begin to tell you how good this looks to me. Actually, so many of the “wrong” looking Jell-O/gelatin recipes look good to me. I am going on a Jell-O diet!

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