Aunt Mabel's Molded Avocado Salad with Toasted Pecans


This recipe has been in my husband's family for several generations. His aunt gave it to me when we were married 45 years ago. Everyone loves it.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (6 ounce) package lime flavored Jell-O® mix

  • 1 ¾ cups boiling water

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup chopped celery

  • 1 ½ avocados, peeled and mashed

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion juice (Optional)

  • 6 butter lettuce leaves, rinsed

  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste

  • ½ cup pecan halves, toasted


  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water. In another bowl, mix together cream cheese, celery, avocado, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, and salt. Mix in onion juice, if using. Gradually stir in the gelatin mixture. Pour into an 11x7 inch glass baking dish, and refrigerate until set.

  2. Cut the gelatin salad into squares, and serve each square on top of a leaf of butter lettuce. Make the salad dressing by mixing the 1/2 cup mayonnaise with confectioners' sugar and lemon juice to taste. Drizzle dressing over squares, and garnish with toasted pecans.

To toast pecans

Place raw pecan halves on baking dish. Dot with Butter and sprinkle generously with salt. Bake at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) for 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain thoroughly on paper towels.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

669 Calories
57g Fat
38g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 669
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g 73%
Saturated Fat 14g 71%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 653mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 400mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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